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Top News – Monday, December 5, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 27

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 27 Today, the leading duo will pass Cape Leeuwin on the South-West point of Australia. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA extended his lead on Alex Thompson GBR for the first time on over 100 nm. Practically no change on the rankings of the fleet.
The race tracker, the news of this morning and the Film reports on the Vendée TV channel.
Monday, December 5, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 28

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 28 The moderate conditions on the Pacific Ocean did not interfere too much the record ride of Thomas Coville FRA yesterday and with 594 nm in 24 hours, he extended the advantage on the previous record to 1'384 nm, over 2 days ! He has now crossed over half of the Pacific leg and will probably round Cape Horn on Wednesday. The race viewer with all details.
Monday, December 5, 2016   

Match Racing - Womens International Match Racing - St.Thomas ISV - Final results, Stephanie Roble USA 2nd

 Match Racing - Womens International Match Racing - St.Thomas ISV - Final results, Stephanie Roble USA 2nd After the clear Semi Final win of Renée Groenveld NED and Stephanie Roble USA, both with 3-0, the same score decided the Final with the Dutch girls on top. Anna Östling SWE defeated her club mate Caroline Sylvan SWE in the Petite Final and won the Bronze medal.
The report with results.
 
Top News – Sunday, December 4, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016   (Image © Marc Rouiller)

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Final results

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Final results This year too, the last day of the Star Sailors League Final offered very exciting top-level racing at its best. With a knockout format in the Quarter and Semi Finals, the 10 qualified teams fighted for the last yards to the finish line to remain in the competition. Finally, four experience Starboat teams made it to the Final of the best four: the former World Champions Scheidt/Boening BRA and Rohart/Ponsot FRA as well as the former European Champions Mendelblatt/Fatih USA and Negri/Lambertenghi ITA. After a couple of leader changes, Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA won by a small margin on Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA and Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA.
The ranking list, the report and the video replay of the final day, one of the most exciting live coverage of a sailing event ever and a real-time education on tactical sailing !
Sunday, December 4, 2016   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Final results

 Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Final results The Melges 24 World Championship in Miami was concluded yesterday with two races held in a moderate breeze. Finishing second in the first race of the day, the Irish team of Conor Clarke IRL with Stuart McNay USA steering had a huge advantage excempting them from starting to the last heat. Silver went to Gian-Luca Perego ITA with Carlo Fracassoli ITA as helmsman. The duel for rank 3 ended with Bronze for Brian Porter USA thanks to better race ranks compared with Bruce Ayres USA at equal points.
The ranking list and the event facebook page with reports, photos and videos.
Sunday, December 4, 2016   (Image © Kojiro Shiaishi)

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 28, Wilson USA 20th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 28, Wilson USA 20th The main incident during the past 24 hours was the dismasting of Kojiro Shiraishi's JPN Open60 sailing in the big midfleet group on the 13th place. He is now heading under jury-rig for Cape Town only 350 nm away. In the rough conditions, Jérémy Béyou FRA (rank 5) and Arnaud Boissières FRA damaged the top of their main sails, repairable break, but they had to lower the sail for quite some time loosing miles. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA has again taken the lead and was 41 nm ahead of Alex Thompson GBR this morning. Today, a larger group will round Cape of Good Hope. Rich Wilson US is now on rank 20 after the abandonement of Shiraishi JPN.
The race tracker, the report of this morning and the Vendee-Globe-TV-Channel.
Sunday, December 4, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 27

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 27 653 nm in 24 hours - Thomas Coville FRA had another fast day on his Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo'. The advantage on the existing record has grown on 1'275 nm. The rac tracker with all details.
Sunday, December 4, 2016   

Match Racing - Womens Match Racing World Championship 2016 - St.Thomas ISV - Day 4

 Match Racing - Womens Match Racing World Championship 2016 - St.Thomas ISV - Day 4 Yesterday, the Carlo-Aguilar-Match Race continued with the Quarter Finals and the first Semi Final best-of-five duels. For the moment, Renée Groenveldt NED leads over Caroline Sylvan SWE and Stephanie Roble USA has the upper hand on Anna Östling SWE, both with a 2-0 score. The news.
 
Top News – Saturday, December 3, 2016
Saturday, December 3, 2016   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 4

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 4 The Qualifications for the Final Series were concluded yesterday with two more light-wind races. The 10 best are qualified for the next Round with the winners directly in the Final of the best 4 and the second-ranked with a ticket for the Semi Final. The leading Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA with nothing but top-5 results so far had a bad day with the ranks 15 and 21 and were overtaken by Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA. On rank 3 followed Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA. Team of the day were Sime Fantela/Antonio Arapovic CRO with two bullets moving up on rank 4 overall. With the Finn 2012 London Olympics Silver Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN/Steve Milne GBR on rank 8 and the Rio Laser Olympic medalist Tonci Stipanovic CRO with Ante Sitic CRO on rank 10, two more VIP-teams from other classes are qualified for the Finals.
The ranking list, the daily news and the Paul Cayard report .
On 15h UTC today, the last day of the event, begins the Quarter Final, a knock-out race with the last two eliminated. The same procedure takes place in the Semi Final, where the best four to sail the Grand Final will be selected. To follow racing full-length livestream, visit again our website.
Saturday, December 3, 2016   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 4

 Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 4 Only one race was held yesterday in light winds. Inspite of the worst race for the leaders Conor Clarke IRL/Stuart McNay USA with a 15th rank, their discard race, they extended their overall lead on 30 points. The title will undoubtedly be theirs after the two races of today. Gianluca Perego/Carlo Fracassoli ITA defended their 2nd position by small margin, as Bora Gulari/Jonathan McKee USA reduced their backlog to one point only, both fighting today for Silver. Brian Porter/Andy Burdick USA on the 4th place 14 points behind will hardly have a chance for the podium.
The ranking list and the event facebook page with the news, the photos and the video of the day. The two final races today can again be followed live over GPS-Tracking as from 15h UTC.
Saturday, December 3, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 27

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 27 Chasing at high speeds across the South Pacific also yesterday - average 25 kn (= 46 km/h) - Thomas Coville FRA has already covered one third of the distance between New Zealand and the Cape Hoorn on his Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo'. The advantage on the record roughly remains unchanged with 1'188 nm.
The race tracker with all details.
Saturday, December 3, 2016   

Match Racing - Womens International Match Racing - St. Thomas ISV - Day 3

 Match Racing - Womens International Match Racing - St. Thomas ISV - Day 3 The best women's matchracers sail the last round of their Annual Championship on the Virgin Islands. Yesterday ended the Round Robin with Renée Groenveld NED as leader (10-1 score) ahead of stephanie Roble USA (9-2) and Caroline Sylvan SWE (7-4). The report with results.
 
Top News – Friday, December 2, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 3, Mendelblatt/Fatih USA 1st

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 3, Mendelblatt/Fatih USA 1st Yesterday, the Star fleet completed three races on Montague Bay in consideraby lighter southeasterly winds than the previous days at 8 knots dropping to as little as 4 knots by the end of the day. In the second and third race of the day, rule 42 was in effect and this eliminated the downwind gymnastics and a few boats were penalized for pumping, rocking and ouching.
The only team with nothing but top-five results were Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA taking the overall lead with 6 points on Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA. These two teams will probably fight for rank one in the fleet series in the two races today to qualify directly for the Final of the best four. Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA on the 3rd place are now 9 points behind still with chances to move on top. The best of the invited VIP teams are now the light-weight 470 Olympic Champion Sime Fantela with Antonio Arapovic CRO moving up on rank 5 with a race win.
The ranking list, the daily news, the full replay of yesterdays livestream and the Paul Cayard USA report .
As every day, racing can be followed live on our website as from 15h UTC.
Friday, December 2, 2016   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 3

 Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 3 Three races were held on day 3 of the Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, for the first time in lighter winds. No change on top, as the leading Connor Clarke IRL with Stuart McNay USA steering were again the best of the day with the ranks 2/1/2, extending their overall lead on 25 points. The title will no doubt be theirs with three races to go. Gianluca Perego ITA with Carlo Fracassoli ITA as helmsman keeps rank 2 with an 8 points' advantage on Bora Gulari USA on 3rd. Today Friday, only one race is on the program. Saturday will be the final day with two heats.
The results, the daily news and the video of the day.
Friday, December 2, 2016   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 26

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 26 With the wind shifting to southwest on the South-Indian Ocean, Alex Thompson GBR is again on the 'fast tack' with the intact foil appendage. On optimum speed again, he left Armel Le Cléac'h FRA 15 nm behind during the past 24 hours. In roughly two days, both will pass Cape Leeuwin at the southwest point of Australia. 600 nm behind sails the 3rd-ranked Sébastien Josse FRA. Thanks to the fresh winds, the bulk of the fleet is now also in the approach to Cape of Good Hope that has been reached by only 10 of the 25 boats still in the race so far. Alan Roura SUI has been overtaken by Enda O'Coineen IRL and is now 22nd.
The race tracker, the offcial news of this morning and the Vendée-Globe-TV-channel.
Friday, December 2, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 26

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 26 Meanwhile, Thomas Coville FRA has crossed more than half of the circumnavigation with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo'. " I am on my way home" he reported back to his race office in France. A low wind anticyclone on his way made him deviate North making him loose a few miles, but with a 1'172 nm advantage, he is still comfortably on record.
The race tracker. The Sodebo facebook page contains the latest video magazine.
 
Top News – Thursday, December 1, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 2

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 2 Four races were held yesterday in an easterly 14 kn wind for the first race dropping continously to 7 knots for the last race. At the end of the day, again experienced Star sailors take the first three ranks of the interim's classifications. With the day ranks 2/3/3/1, Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA are on top 2 points ahead of Diego Negri/Sergio/Lambertenghi ITA, and another 2 points back, Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA are also hot candidates for victory in the 11-race Qualification Round with the winner directly qualified for the Final. With a 20 points' backlog on rank 3, Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN/Stevie Milne GBR are excellent 4th as best of the invited teams. Facundo Oleazza ARG/Ferdinando Melo POR follow on rank 5 thanks to an efficient use of the allowed pumping, rocking and ouching on the downwinds good for big position gains. The fight for the 10 Quarter Final places is heating up: Fantela/Arapovic CRO on the 11th place are 8 points behind the tied Zbogar/Bercz SLO and Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL.
The results, the news, the full-length livestream replay of yesterday and the report of Paul Cayard USA.
The livestream window on top of our website will be on again today as from 15h UTC this afternoon.
Thursday, December 1, 2016   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 2

 Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 2 Day 2 of the Melges 24 Worlds on Biscayne Bay was spectacular with a 20 kn wind and again big waves.
Finishing 6/1/1, Brian Porter USA was the best of the day and advanced on rank 5 overall. No change on top where the Irish team of Conor Clarke IRL with Stuart McNay USA steering defended their place with the ranks 3/4/5 extending the lead on Carlo Fracassoli ITA to 8 points. New on rank 3 follows Tim Healy USA.
The ranking list, the daily news and the facebook page of Chris Rast.
Thursday, December 1, 2016   (Image © Thomas Ruyant)

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 24, Wilson USA 20th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 24, Wilson USA 20th The leading duo Armel le Cléac'h FRA and Alex Thompson GBR is sailing closely together, and in decreasing winds, they passed the Kerguelen Islands yesterday. The French Marine stationed there seized the opportunity to film the boats from a helicopter. Here the video.
The bulk of boats in the second half of the fleet has finally after 12 days in lulls been touched by a depression from the Northwest, helping them to round the Cape of Good Hope and reach the fast track of the Roaring Forties direction East. Rich Wilson USA is on rank 20.
The race viewer, the daily news and the TV channel.
Thursday, December 1, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 25

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 25 Down on the 53rd Parallel South, Thomas Coville FRA is making good progress with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo'. Keeping the high 27 kn (over 50 km/h) average speed, he extended the lead on the previous record on 1'238 nm during the past 24 hours.
The race tracker.
 
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