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Top News – Friday, October 24, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
Never happened before: A Swiss is leading in the interim's rankings of the Optimist World Championship ! Two races were sailed yesterday in a moderate 8 to 12 kn breeze, and Nicolas Rolaz SUI finished on the ranks 2 and 5 in his Group, bringing him on top of the overall classification. Best of the day was Mara Turin SLO winning both heats in her Group. Her deficit on rank 1 was reduced to 4 points. Valentin Müller GER moved up on rank 3. The best-ranked of the NorAm federations are Emma Kaneti USA 9th, Bruno Aloi Timeus MEX 50th, Ryan Anderson CAN 70th. Four US Optimists are in the top 26 positions among 207 starters, a promising outlook for the Team Race.
The results, the daily report of Nicolas Rolaz SUI and the event website - The official daily report has not yet been posted, but there is a video of day one with an interview with Nicolas Rolaz SUI.
Friday, October 24, 2014   
More of the same ! The fleet progressed well with unchanged positions at speeds around 15 kn in the southern trade wind and has already crossed the Equator with 'Abu Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR leading 10 miles ahead of Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED this morning. All other teams have again lost miles on the leaders. 'Vestas Wind' mit Chris Nicholson NZL as 3rd is now 82 miles back, and the last-ranked 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR has lost 230 miles. Considering the wind pattern to the waypoint Fernando de Noronha off the Brazilian Coast and beyond, the drag race might well go on for a while.
The race viewer and the event website with apologies of the organisers for difficulties with the website to be corrected soon.
Friday, October 24, 2014   (Image © Charles Anderson)
The Round Robin continued yesterday in fresh winds, and some teams have already completed their program. The Tour leaders Ian Williams GBR (7,5-0) and Taylor Canfield ISV (7-1) are - on top of their Groups - already qualified for the Quarterfinals. Other well places contenders for the next round are in Group A Björn Hansen SWE (6-1) Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA (5-2) as well as Keith Swinton AUS and Johnie Berntsson SWE (4-3 each). Second-placed in Group B is Staffan Lindberg FIN (5-2), followed by - all with 4 wins - Marek Stanczyk POL (4-3), David Gilmour AUS (4-4), Eric Monnin SUI (4-4), Nathan Outteridge AUS (4-5) and Mathieu Richard FRA (4-3).
The results and the report.
Friday, October 24, 2014   
A fresher breeze changed the setting for the second part or the event after the lay day at the RS:X Youth Worlds in Clearwater Fl.
In the male category, Mattia Camboni ITA is now on top, but the advantage on Toni Bonet ESP on rank 2 is only one point. Radoslaw Furmanski POL follows closely behind. The former 2nd Oël Pouliquen FRA is now 4th already 22 points back.
In the female category, the leading Ma Kwan HKG and Marta Maggetti ITA defended their positions on top, but the advantage has considerably melted. The best of the day Bérénice Mege FRA, day ranks 1/2/1, is now 3rd at equal points with the second Marta Maggetti ITA. Emma Wilson GBR, leading the U-17-rankings follows one point behind as 4th.
The event website and the event facebook page.
Friday, October 24, 2014   
Pushed by a fresh Mistral, all teams still racing have crossed the finish line in the meantime. Winner in calculated time is the J/122 'Artie' of Lee Satariano MLT, followed by the X-44 'xp-Act' of Josef Schultheiss GER and the Neo 400 'Neo Banks Sail Racing' of Paolo Semeraro ITA. 'Shockwave' USA, 3rd in time sailed, is on the 32nd rank in calculated time. Only 48 of the 107 starters arrived back in La Valetta in this intially very light wind race, ending in a Mistral storm.
The ranking list and the reports.
Friday, October 24, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
No wind at the French Atlantic Coast yesterday. Only on two of the six days, racing was possible ! However, the forecast for today is encourageing with a 12-18 kn breeze. All other details on the PWA website.
Top News – Thursday, October 23, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
The 2014 Optimist World Championship in Argentina began yesterday with two races for each of the three Groups, sailed in a 10 kn breeze. Favoured by his experience in the choppy waves of the Rio de la Plata mouth, Dante Citadini ARG won both heats of his Group and is the first overall leader, jointly with Dimitris Papadimitriou GRE, who also won the two races of his Group. On rank 3 follows Nicolas Rolaz SUI (4/2). The best girl is Deike Bornemann GER on the 6th place. The best-ranked of the North American teams are Ivan Shestopalov USA 27th, Juan Pablo Rivas Guerrero MEX 37th and Ryan Anderson CAN 64th.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   
What had been apparent for the last two days concerning the passage thru the Doldrums, has again been confirmed yesterday. The Round-the-World veterans Ian Walker GBR ('Abu Dhabi') and Bouve Bekking ('Team Brunel') sailing side-by-side in the West, as well as Chris Nicholson AUS ('Västas Wind') on the weaker and longer Eastern course 95 miles behind, going South straightforward, are the leading trio and are about to accelerate even more in the 15-18 kn Southern trade winds heading for the waypoint Fernando de Noronha off the Brazilian Coast. The four boats on search of wind in the middle of the course are constantly loosing ground and move this morning 2 to 3 kn slower as the extremists on both sides. Their distances to the leader are at present 132 to 174 miles. Provided, the Southern trade winds and the St-Helena High stay as presently displayed on the map, this might well be a preliminary decision on the top positions.
The race-viewer, the daily report and the videos.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Talbot Wilson)
The Bermuda Gold Cup 2014 began yesterday with four flights in both Groups. Ian Williams GBR is the only undefeated skipper in Group A, but he was deducted 1/2-point for negligent collision, leaving the score at 3,5-0. Keith Swinton AUS, Pierre-Antoine Morvan FRA and Björn Hansen SWE follow behind with a 3-1 w/l each. The surprising leader in Group B is Marek Stancyk POL with 4-0. Eric Monnin SUI, Taylor Canfield ISV and Staffan Lindberg FIN are behind with a 3-1 score each.
The results and the report.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
Fresh winds prevailed on the last day of the Student Yachting World Cup and two races were sailed. England with Annabel Vose GBR was a class of its own winning overall with a 36 points advantage after 16 races. Silver went to Italy with Luca Nassini ITA, and Bronze after a close battle to Norway with Ida Trulsrud NOR overtaking Ireland 2 points behind. USA is 6th, Canada 11th among the 12 teams.
The final rankings and the event facebook page.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   
Lay day in Florida yesterday for the RS:X windsurfing youth after 6 light-wind races so far. As from today, a fresher breeze has been announced, and it might well be, that the ranking lists will change considerably.
In the RS:X-Boys, Toni Bonet ESP is clearly on top with a 14 points lead over Oël Pouliquen FRA. Clémant Bourgois FRA follows as 3rd. Leader in the RS:X-Girls is Ma Kwan HKG closely followed by Marta Maggetti ITA and Emma Wilson GBR.
The report and the event website.
Thursday, October 23, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Bad luck for the Windsurfing Professionals during the past weeks. After Klitmöller DEN and Sylt GER on the North Sea with almost no wind, the La Torche FRA Grand Slam is not much better. After Monday, the day with perfect conditions thanks to a depression front passing, the wind has disappeared again. Up to now, the Wave specialists finished only a Single Elimination, won by Riccardo Campello VEN. Here the spectactular video. For today, a 12-14 kn breeze has been announced. All other details on the PWA website.
Top News – Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   
As expected, the Doldrums slowed the boats more or less down, depending on the tactical option selected to pass thru this variable wind zone. This morning UTC, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR regained the first place 9 miles ahead of 'Team Brunel' mit Bouwe Bekking NED. The two round-the-world veterans opted for the most western course and it remains open, whether they will reach the southern trade winds as first. The other 5 boats - except 'Vestas Wind' sticking to a direct South course on the extreme East - are in a 'snakes and ladder' mode constantly loosing ground. So the all-female Team 'SCA' with Samatha Davis GBR who left the promising corridor behind the leaders going East, loosing almost 50 miles and a rank, leaving them on 6th together with 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP 7th, both around 105 miles behind the first this morning 6 hrs UTC.
The race viewer and the event website.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   
The RS:X Youth World Championship in Florida continued yesterday with three races sailed in moderate winds.
Toni Bonet ESP was again the best in the Boys category, extending his lead on already 14 points. Oël Pouliquen FRA and Clément Bourgois FRA remained 2nd and 3rd.
In the Girls category, the leader is still Ma Kwan HKG, but the 2nd-ranked Marta Magetti ITA, best of the day, reduced the backlog on 3 points. Emma Wilson GBR on rank 3 is at the same time best U-17.
The daily report, the video and the event website.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Perfect conditions at La Torche FRA for the Wave specialists with sun, a 20-30 kn breeze and 2 meter waves, completing the first Single Elimination and the Qualifiers of the Double Elimination. Ricardo Campello VEN won the Final of the Single Elimination defeating Thomas Traversa FRA. The report, pictures and videos on the PWA website.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)
Yesterday evening at 22.42 h CET, the 100-foot Super-Maxi 'Esimit Europa' with Jochen Schümann GER took the line honours after 3 days and 10 hours. Early this morning, the 70-foot Maxi 'Ran' with Niklas Zennström SWE and 'Shockwave' crossed the finish line. The next persuers - lead by the Ker 50 'Varuna' with Jens Kellinghusen GER - are about to round the Lampedusa island, the final waypoint before the arrival.
The race-viewer, the results and the reports.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Talbot Wilson)
Today - a day late because of the hurricane 'Gonzalo' passing over the islands at up to 100 kn, damaging one of the IOM-yachts used at the Cup - begins the 2014 Bermuda Gold Cup. The 20 participants, among them in addition to the 8 Tour Card Holders also Nathan Outteridge AUS, Eric Monnin SUI or the newcomer Arthur Herreman FRA , sail in two groups. The best four per group qualify for the Quarterfinals.
The preview.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Matias Capizzano)
Today, the start to the first races of the Optimist World Championship 2014 on the Rio de la Plata will be given. 209 girls and boysw sail in three groups. The wind forecast is favorable with 10-12 kn, but the venue is very challenging because of the choppy water and the current. Yesterday, the opening ceremony was held after the Practice Race. Here the illustrated report.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
A fresh 30 kn breeze filled in yesterday after four light-wind days. Two races were sailedf, both won by the leading English team with Annabel Vose GBR and extending their lead on 29 points. The second-ranked Italian team with Luca Nassini ITA is now only one points ahead of the Irish with Philipp Duncan IRL. The USA team is 5th, CAN 11th.
The ranking list, the event facebook page and the video of the day.
Top News – Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © Steffan Coppers/Brunel)
Moderate stable trade winds move the fleet southwards without significant speed differences. Today, the innertropical convergence zone will probably be reached, influencing the positions of and distances between the boats. As expected yesterday, 'Team Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking NED has taken the lead, 18 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA descended on the 3rd place with 28 miles backlog. The all-female 'Team SCA' reduced the deficit on the leader to 61 miles, but remains last of the fleet.
The race viewer and the event website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   
The Optimist World Championship 2015 in Argentina began yesterday with the measurement controls, and today, the Practice Race is on the program. 261 participants from 51 nations - including full teams from Canada, Mexico and the USA - are present, and the key favorites are this year again the Singapore sailors.
The event website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   
The RS:X Youth World Championship 2014 began yesterday with three races. The first leader in the male category is Toni Bonet ESP, day ranks 3/3/2, meaning a 10 points' lead already. Clément Bourgeois FRA and Oël Pouliquen FRA follow at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. Ma Kwang HKG and Sara Wennekes NED share the lead in the female category, Noy Drihan ISR and Emma Watson GBR are 3rd at equal points.
The event website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
The Student Yachting World Cup at La Rochelle continued yesterday with 4 short races and coastal race, sailed in a light wind. England with Annabel Vose GBR defended the lead but less dominantly as the day before. The advantage is still 18 points. New on rank 2 is Italy with Luca Nassini ITA, while Ireland with Philip Doran IRL is still on 3rd. USA is 6th, Canada 11th among the 12 teams.
The event facebook page.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The prematurely announced frontal system from the West will finally arrive today with wind speeds of 25-30 kn and 3-meter-waves and an 'explosive day' is ahead. All details on the PWA website.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   (Image © Kurt Arrigo)
Lull conditions prevailed also yesterday at the Middlesea Race, and the bulk of the fleet still trailed North of Sicily at a 1 kn speed. Only the three Maxis on top of the fleet made some progress. 'Esimit Europa II' with Jochen Schümann GER, followed closely by 'Ran', rounded the Pantelleria Island, the second-last waypoint before the finish, this morning. 'Shockwave' has lost some miles, but is still in the race for the line honours. The expected time of arrival of the leading boats is Wednesday morning, provided the announced fresh West wind will fill in.
The race viewer and the reports.
Top News – Monday, October 20, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Matt Knighton/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race )
The trade winds South of the Cape Verde Islands are relatively light with 10-15 kn, but nevertheless, the fleet advances at speed around 10-12 kn and will soon reach the innertropical convergence zone with its unpredictable thunderstorms and lulls.
The still leading Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA and the closest chasers 'Mapfre with Iker Martinez ESP and 'Team Vestas Wind' with Chris Nicholson AUS passed the islands on the East, while 'Brunel' with Bouwe Bekking BED, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA and 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR went West. This will most probably pay off today as the the fresher breeze allows a 2 kn faster speed. 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR, having lost much mileage after being tied in a fishing net, has reduced the backlog on the leader to 61 miles. Here the video. The race viewer, the video of the day and the event website.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Icarus Media)
The Student Yachting World Cup at La Rochelle FRA, sailed on Grand Surprises, has been running since Friday. Eight races were completed so far in light winds.
First in the interim's rankings is the English Team with Annabel Vose GBR steering with six race wins. Ireland with Philip Doran IRL and Italy with Luca Nassini ITA are on the ranks 2 and 3. 12 teams participate.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Eric Bellande)
The PWA World Tour French Grand Slam for Wave and Slalom specialists began at La Torche FRA on Saturday on the most western points of Britanny, but up to now, there was not enough wind to start the competitions. But the surfs on the beach are massive announcing the storm depression approaching from the North Atlantic. Spectacle guaranteed !
The PWA-Website mit dem video of day one.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Lars Wehrmann)
The inaugural Champions' League Regatta in Copenhagen DEN, an annual final series attended by Club Champions (or the best-qualified Club) of European national sailing federations, ended yesterday in pouring rain but with a well-established breeze.
With an impressive performance on the final day, the first European Champion of Club Champions is the Kongelig Dansk YC with the double Olympian Michael Hestbaek DEN, who compensated the 10 points' deficit on the previous leader Circolo Canottieri Ansiene ITA with Lorenzo Bressani and advanced on the first place with a 0,5 points advantage on the Italian team. 'Oman Sail' with Phil Robertson NZL follows on 3rd. 23 teams participated.
The ranking list, the official report and the report of the Swiss team.
Monday, October 20, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo)
Light to very light winds dominate this year'd Middlesea Race. The leading 'Esimit Europa II' with Jochen Schümann GER rounded the Stromboli island yesterday afternoon, but did not move on much farther. This morning, the 100-foot Maxi trailed with a speed of 0,8 kn North of Sicily. The two immediate pursuers, the 70-footers 'Ran' and 'Shockwave', reduced their backlogs on the leader on a more southern course. The USA 'Shockwave' is 47th in interim's rankings in calculated time, 'Esimit' is 50th.
The race viewer and the reports.
Monday, October 20, 2014   
Today begins the RS:X Youth World Championship 2014 at Clearwater FL.
28 girls from 14 nations are on the entry list with the successful ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship athletes Haddad Heller ISR and Marta Maggetti ITA as favorites. In the 52 boys fleet from 19 nations are France, Israel and Poland with big delegations the main favorites.
The competition can be followed on the live ticker running on the event website.
 
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