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Top News – Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014   (Image © DR)
Yesterday, the ISAF President Carlo Croce ITA opened the inaugural ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup Final, and today, the Practice Races are on the program, a last opportunity for the teams to get accustomed with the race course and above all also with the charter boats ... and the high temperatures.
The ISAF report.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014   (Image © Stefan Coppers/Team Brunel/Volvo Ocean Race)
The seven Teams have been underway for one week now on leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race across the Indian Ocean. Unstable conditions still prevailed for the fleet passing the low-wind anticyclone zone west-bound, where the wind has changed to North meanwhile.
The first six teams are separated by 14 miles only, and the all-female Team 'SCA' (Samantha Davis GBR) had reduced the backlog by 10 miles on 30 overnight with hope for more, as their average speed is still 4 kn faster as the rest of the fleet.
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR stays on top 3 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 9 miles on 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 3rd. The passage of Madagascar should not be too difficult today, but lateron, another high pressure system will move in with hardly predictable consequences.
The race viewer as well as the reports and videos.
Top News – Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   
Tomorrow, the inaugural ISAF Olympic Classes World Cup Final 2014 will begin in Abu Dhabi with the best-ranked sailors per event invited. Not only the honors to become World Cup Winner is at stake but also a share of the 200'000 US$ prize money to be distributed among the teams finishing on the podiums. Max 20 participants per class are on the entry lists, but not all have filled the assigned quota. In addition, a Kiteboarding Event is on the program, certainly also as promotion for th 2020 Olympics. Here the entry lists.
The USA is represented by their top teams in the 470, in the 49er, in both Laser fleets and in the Nacra 17. For Canada the two Laser's and the Nacra 17 will be on the starting line.
The event-website and the presentation video.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race)
The weather situation South of Madagascar remains dynamic, as the flat high pressure system has slightly moved East, opening a ridge with a 12-18 kn wind. For how long, this is the question ? The fleet is now again closer together concentrated on this passage with 'Abu Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR again in the lead. 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP is sailing only one mile behind at sight. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) is 15 miles back on 5th. On the last place in the fleet is 'SCA' of Sam Davis GBR with a 37 miles' backlog.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race)
The all-female 'Team SCA' has not been very lucky in the Volvo Ocean Race so far and are now again last in leg 2 to Abu Dhabi. The US-Sailing-Website ‚Sailinganarchy' has published a 17 minutes' interview with Dee Caffari GBR live from aboard, also investigating on the reasons for the unsatisfactory rankings. This video clip gives also an impression on the hard physical work on these large yachts.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Marco Oquendo)
Twenty-two teams from 6 nations competed in the Schoonmaker Cup, the first event of the five stage Star Winter Series in Miami, FL. Strong winds on day one led to several dismastings, abandoning further competition after two races with Jack Jennings/ Brian Sharp USA in the lead. Moderate winds and warm temperatures on day two allowed for three more races, where the consistency of Luke Lawrence/Josh Revkin USA earned them the victory. Brian Cramer/Matt Johnstone CAN and Arthur Anosov/David Caesar USA are completing the podium. See the complete results.
Top News – Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
No changes in the last three races on Sunday. 'Team Nika' of Vladimir Prosikhin RUS with Terry Hutchinson USA calling the tactics won clearly ahead of 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR (Cameron Appleton NZL), who is for the forth time in row first in the Fleetrace Annual Rankings. Behind at equal points followed 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS) on 3rd and 'Artemis' with Torbjörn Tornquist SWE (Ian Percy GBR) as 4th.
All results and the final report.
Top News – Sunday, November 23, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Avoiding the northern current now, all teams are heading North, where an unclear weather situation with a calm high pressure system is waiting. To find the fastest way northbound considering this anticyclone is the challenge for the navigators.
At present, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is in the lead 8 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and another mile 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA).
The race viewer and the event website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Slalom World Cup 2014 ended today on Noumea FRA in New Caledonia with the last Elimination with Ben Van der Steen BEL as final winner of this event. But the defending World Champion Antoine Albeau FRA remains on top of the overall Annual Rankings adding another World Champiion's title to his immense collection. Délphine Cousin FRA is the Numea winner as well as the World Champion in the female category.
All other details on the PWA website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Yesterday, Robin Knox-Johnson GBR finished the Route du Rhum as 3rd of the category 'Class Rhum'. The winner of the first nonstop-solo-round-the-world race, the 'Golden Globe' in 1969, withstood with his modified Open 60 the heavy storms in the beginning of the race and showed an excellent performance at the age of 75. 12 Class 40 and 10 Class Rhum yachts are still underway.
The race viewer, the report of the day and the event website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Lighter winds as predicted made the choice of the rig difficult. One of the few teams having opted for the smaller rig was 'Gotta love it 7' with Seve Jarvin AUS, who had a satisfying race until the last downwind leg to the finish, where the abating wind made the race again exciting. But the multiple Champion 'Gotta love it 7' remained of top. 'Thurlow, Fisher Lawyers' qnd 'Rag-Famish' occupy the ranks 2 and 3. The race can be reviewed in detail in a video clip. Theevent website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
Favorable conditions with a seabreeze freshening to 14 kn during the races prevailed also on the 4th day of the Oman-Cup.
Finishing 4/3/1, 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (Terry Hutchinson USA) extended her lead before the last races planned for today on 9 points. Chris Bake GBR with his 'Team Aqua' (Taktics Cameron Appleton NZL) on rank 2 has a 4 points advantage on the 3rd 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS). Chances for a medal remain also with 'Artemis' of Torbjörn Tornquist SWE (Ian Percy GBR) 4 points off the podium right now.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Top News – Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran-SCA)
The rough conditions stayed on and especially the steep waves due to the strong current are stressing the teams. A calm zone South of Madagascar has delayed shifts on a northern course up to now, but after the long tack eastbound, the navigators will have to take the strategic decision today when to change direction.
'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA leads 7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA an. The all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR as last are now 47 miles behind the leader. Together with 'Abu Dhabi' they are the most-southern team in the fleet.
The race viewer and the event website ... not very easy to read.
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Another perfect day on Noumea in the South Sea with a 25 kn breeze allowing to sail the full program of the Slalom World Cup. The men's category has completed 8 Eliminations so far, the women's even 11.
Délphine Cousin FRA leads in the women's and the Tour victory and World Champion' title is practicall safe. The defending champion Antoine Albeau FRA had a strong comback yesterday with two wins, and in today's heats, he was always among the best. This brings him on top of the interims rankings replacing Cyrill Moussilmani FRA who has now 2 days left to correct the situation and grasp his first title.
In case you have a sleepless night in your time zone? You can follow the attractive competition every night live, starting at midnight on the PWA website.
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Pen Duick)
Yesterday, seven more Class 40 arrived on Guadeloupe and the next one expected will be the Pole Vault Olympic Champion Jean Galfione FRA on the 18th place. Finishing the race are also some participants of the Corinthian Class Rhum, three days after the winner of this category, Anne Caseneuve FRA. Andrea Mura ITA and 28 miles farther back Robin Knox-Johnson GBR, age 79 will finish on the positions 2 and 3.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
The Oman Cup of the RC44 Championship Tour continued yesterday with three races sailed in moderate conditions around 10 kn. Team of the day was 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR (Cameron Appleton NZL) advancing on rank 3 overall. 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (Terry Hutchinson USA) stays on top of the general rankings followed by 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS).
The reportof the day and the ranking list.
 
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