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Top News – Friday, April 18, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The Optimist Lake Garda Meeting 2014 began yesterday in a well-established 18 kn Ora. The elder Juniores (age 12-15), split in five groups, sailed three, the younger Cadetti (<12) two races each. The leading sailors are still closely together: Lennart Kuss GER and Luca Valentino ITA share the lead in the Juniores, one point ahead of the tied Davide Duchi ITA and Volchkov RUS. Charlotte Lind GER on rank 25 is the best girl. The best of the 25 USA Optimist sailors - they had to sail qualifiers before travelling to Europe - is Severin Cramm on rank 43.
Italian is the lead in the Cadetti with Francesco Novelli ITA one point ahead of Dimitry Golovkin RUS. Gaja Pela ITA on the 3rd position is the best girl.
The event-website with the ranking lists.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
The fleet split in two, the leading group in the North and the main fleet in the South, continues to sail in two different wind systems. The wind situation seems to change in favor of the southern group, sailing now in trade winds around 15 knunder spi direction Caribbeans, while the northern group is beating upwind in a light breeze, and the advantage is melting away quickly.
This morning, the leaders Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA were 2,5 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. The best southern team Nicolas Lunven/Eric Roux FRA on rank 6 has reduced the backlog on the leader to 204 miles and continues to progress over 4 kn faster as the northern group. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Friday, April 18, 2014   
As every year, Easter is a preferred date for a number of traditional well-attended Optimist Regattas. In addition to the record-size Optimist Garda Meeing with almost 1000 boats, there is an Easter Regatta in the Netherlands with 212 participants from 12 mostly North-European nations and also in Slovenia, a 479 Optimists fleet from 9 nations is very remarkable. At the Côte d'Azur, the French Sélection Interligue (SIL) takes place in Cannes. 319 Optimists from France, Monaco and Switzerland will begin their competion on Monday. The event-website with the entry lists.
With daily updates all-year-round 365 days, sailing-news informs obviously every morning at 6 a.m. UTC on the lastest news also over the Easter holidays.
Top News – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
Yesterday, the fleet of the 14 two-person teams has been spreading out even more. After the low wind on Tuesday, the southern teams have now hit the trade winds and speed up again, pushing them probably on a direct way to the Caribbeans. The leading boats in the North adhering to a West front accelerated also after a short slow-down, and defended their lead up to now. But sooner or later, they have to head South across a lull zone to reach the trade winds. Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA lead 5,4 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA, first in the Southern group on position 6 overall, are already 225 miles behind. The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
The 32nd Optimist Lake Garda Meeting was opened yesterday with the Parade passing the old-town of Riva. See the video. Sun and normal Lake Garda conditions with an up to 20 kn Ora breeze have been announced for the first races today. Over the weekend, a low pressure front will be passing over Northern Italy and rain with little wind must be expected according to the forecast. Almost 1000 participants will be on the starting lines. The event-website.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
Taylor Canfield ISV consolidated his first position in the ISAF Men Matchrace World Rankings with his victory at the Congressional Cup. In the ISAF Women's rankings, Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN replaced Lucy McGregor GBR on top and takes rank 1 for the first time. The World Ranking Lists and the ISAF report.
Thursday, April 17, 2014   
'Mainsail', CNN's video magazine, presented by the Olympic Champion Shirley Robertson GBR (this time partly in the skiff trapeze !), features the Sydney 18 Footer JJ Giltinan Trophy in a three-part broadcast with the title 'Rock'n'Roll' of sailing ! Part 1 covers the history, part 2 consists of an interview with the 6-times Giltinan champion Ian Murray AUS, who, after the Starboat Olympics became San Francisco America's Cup Sport Director in 2008, and is now CEO of the Australian America's Cup Syndicate. Part 3 is dedicated to the 75th Giltinan-Trophy of early March 2014. The Mainsail website.
Top News – Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   
Yesterday was the day of the two-person teams having opted for the northern course after the mark rounding off the Canaries. They progressed partly over four times as fast as the rest of the fleet. The new leaders are now Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA 7,7 miles ahead of Jean Le Cam/Gildas Mahé FRA. The best southern team are Nicolas Lunven/Eric Péron FRA on rank 6 with a 143 miles' backlog. The weather situation remains instable and it is not impossible that upon reaching the trade winds, the southern boats with have the upper hand again. The race-viewer, the daily report (in French) and the videos.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   (Image © Archiv)
While the top US Finn sailors are competing in Europe at the Worldcups of Palma and Hyères, the national Finn fleet sailed their Championship in Alabama. 8 races have been sailed, the title went to Gordon Lamphere USA who had some speed advantages on the windy final day compared to John Dane USA. 22 Finns were on the starting line. See the complete results.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014   (Image © Elena Giolai)
The 32nd Optimist Lake Garda Meeting begins today with the Opening Ceremony and the Parade across the little town Riva. Again, almost 1000 Optimist sailors from 36 nations are on the entry list. For the first time, Algeria, Ghana and Belarus participate. 755 entries are in the elder 'Juniores' category, among them 16 from the USA and 3 from the Bermudas. In the younger 'Cadetti', there are 255 participants, among them 2 from the Bermudas. The preview and the video-trailer.
Top News – Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)
The unusual depression cell over the Canary islands continues to produce slack and unpredictable wind streams. Instead of a fast ride across the Atlantic in the trade-winds, the 14 two-person teams still in the race are trailing and searching for wind. While some hope to meet the trade-winds farther down south, some others, such as the routiniers Jean Le Cam FRA (with Gildas Mahé FRA) and Michel Desjoyeaux FRA (with Corentin Horeau FRA) stick to a northern course. It remains to be seen in a few days from now, which option will be paying.
Leaders in the interims position are Le Cam/Mahé FRA 1,2 miles ahead of Gbick/Le Pavant FRA. Horeau/Desjoyeaux FRA follow on rank 4 with a 8,6 miles backlog. The race-viewer, the reports and the video of the day.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
The 300 miles Pornichet Select Regatta - the solo-skippers opening event for the very popular and spectacular Mini-650-class - ended yesterday at Pornichet FRA. Superior winner in the Protos was Giancarlo Pedote ITA with his 'Prysmian', the round-bow special construction having dominated the class for three years now. Luke Berry GBR follows on rank 2 four hours behind. Very close was the final fight in the Series, where Tanguy Le Turquais FRA crossed the line only 6 minutes ahead of Damien Cloarec FRA. Execellent the first race of the newcomer to the mini-class Patrick Girod SUI finishing on rank 3 only 34 minutes behind the 2nd. The race-viewer with the final rankings and the event-facebook-page.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (Image © Rich Roberts)
We reported yesterday about the victory of the World Nbr 1 Taylor Canfield ISV over the World Nbr 2 Ian Williams GBR. In a very close race, Canfield had the upper hand in the Final with 2-1 w/l. Winner in the Petite Final for rank 3 was Francesco Bruni ITA defeating Keith Swinton AUS with 2-1 as well. The final report.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014   
Harald Sedlacek AUT needed twice the planned time for his record Atlantic crossing on the only 4,9 meter long experimental construction 'Fipofix'. Lull pads and technical problems - the autopilot broke on day 2 of his journey already - slowed down his ride over the Atlantic Ocean. Starved and tired, the Austrian, age 32, finally reached Palm Beach on Sunday. The project-website.
Top News – Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014   (Image © Alexis Courcoux / Penduick)
Yesterday afternoon in a light wind, Thierry Chabagny/Erwan Tabarly FRA rounded the virtual way-point North of the Canary island La Palma as first, but the previous leaders Gwenael Gbick/Kito de Pavant FRAare only 0,5 miles behind. The most important jump ahead realized Corentin Horeau/Michel Desjoyeaux FRA now on rank 4 only 7,6 miles behind the leaders. The light winds did shift to the West and the race remains very tactical. Considering the small gaps between the boats, position changes during the coming 24 hours are very likely. The race-viewer, the daily report (in French) and the video of the day.
Monday, April 14, 2014   (Image © Rich Roberts)
Taylor Canfield ISV defeated the triple Match-Race World Champion Ian Williams GBR in the Final of the 50th Congressional Cup. The information on the event-website has not yet been updated this morning UTC, but an explicit video has been posted covering the final day in detail. We shall come back with event's details.
Monday, April 14, 2014   
Perfect conditions - sun and a 12-15 kn breeze - prevailed on the opening day of the Split Olympic Sailing Week. As expected, the local favorites took the lead after the first two races.
In the Finns, Ivan Klijakovic-Gaspic CRO won both heats, followed by Nenad Bugarin CRO. With two race wins started also Tonci Stipanovic CRO in the Lasers Standard, ahead of Kazper Zieminski POL and Filip Jurisic CRO. 28 participants from 9 nations. Tina Mihelic CRO is first in the Lasers Radial with the race ranks 1 and 2. Leaders in the 470s are Ante Botic/Jure Vuletic CRO with two bullets, but it has to be noted, that the Palma Worldcup winners Fantela/Marenic CRO are not present. All ranking lists, the daily report and the pictures.
Monday, April 14, 2014   
No racing on the last day of the Melges European Sailing Series Act 1 off Naples ITA leaving Andrea Ferrari ITA (tactics Roberto Spata ITA) on rank 1 ahead of the Edoardo Lupi/Lorenzo Bressani ITA and Alessandro Rombelli ITA/Freddy Lööf SWE at equal points on rank 2. 13 teams from Italy, Monaco and Russia participated. The final rankings.
Monday, April 14, 2014   (Image © Meredith Block)
Yesterday, the 276 teams sailing in 16 different classes concluded the 2014 Charleston Race Week in South Carolina. Due to lack of wind no races were sailed on sunday. Among the winners are Mike Ingham USA in the J/24, Joel Ronning USA in the J/70, Brucea Ayres USA in the Melges 24 and Jason Michas USA in the Melges 20. All ranking lists and the event-website.