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Top News – Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014   
Very light winds, big shifts and the strong tidal current made racing almost impossible. Only half of the 49er fleet completed two races.
Finishing twice as 5th, Delle-Karth/Resch AUT took the lead one point ahead of Basalkin/Chernikov RUS. Kostov/Cupac CRO are 3rd. The biggest surprise however are the unknown Ganapathy Kelapanda/Varun Thakkar IND on rank 4, even ahead of the Olympic Champions Outteridge/Jensen AUS. Some teams are already under pressure to reach the Goldfleet of the 25 best, such as Warrer/Thomsen DEN (rank 24), Dyen/Christidis FRA (31st) or Fletcher/Sign GBR (35th). Strammer/Brown USA are on the 27th place, Ferguson/Ferguson CAN are 48th.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
The wind forecast for today with a 10-12 kn breeze looks quite promising to sail the complete program for all classes. Raing can - as on every day - be followed live on the Internet.
Top News – Monday, September 15, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Pedro Martinez)
Very light winds - 4 to 8 kn - prevailed yesterday in Santander and only a reduced program was completed. The Laser Standard and Radial Goldfleets sailed only one Final race each, while the Silver- and Bronzefleets remained without results. The RS:X windsurfers sailed only 2 of the 3 planned heats. The 470 men completed one, the women two regattas.
First leaders in the 470 women are Maelenn Lemaitre/Aloise Retornaz FRA with the day ranks 1 and 2, followed by Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA and Huimin Feng/Lizhu Wang CHN. The 470 women rankings.
Group winners in the 470 men were Bouvet/Mion FRA and McNay/Hughes USA, with Fantela/Marenic CRO and Charbonnier/Nebout-Javal FRA on ranks 2, and Autenrieth/Autenrieth GER as well as Kampouridis/Papadopulos GRE on the 3rd places.
New on top of the Lasers Standard is Nicolas Heiner NED, Charlie Buckingham USA advanced on rank 2, at equal points with Tom Burton AUS. Robert Scheidt BRA dropped on rank 4 after a premature start disqualification.
In the Lasers Radial, the winner of the only race of the day was Dongshuang Zhang CHN taking the overall lead 6 points ahead of Josefine Olsson SWE. Marit Bouwmester NED follows on the 3rd place.
Piotr Myszka POL is now on top of the RS:X men windsurfers at conclusion of the Gold- and Silverfleet Qualifications. Nick Dempsey GBR, Byron Kokkalanis GRE and Toni Wilhelm GER follow at equal points on the ranks 2 to 4.
Charline Picon FRA remained on the first position in the RS:X women 6 points ahead of Byrony Shaw GBR. Patricia Freitas BRA is 3rd.
The video of the day presents the 470s. Check out also the ranking list and the event website.

The results of the best North Americans are:
Laser Standard : Charlie Buckingham USA 2nd, Chris Barnard USA 11th, Lee Parkhill CAN 21st.
Laser Radial: Erika Reinecke 6th, Isabella Bertold CAN 23rd.
RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 46th (and Goldfleet), Zach Plavsic CAN 63rd. Carson Crain USA 64th,
RS:X women: Demita Vega de Lille MEX 24th, Farrah Hall USA 34th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 55th.
470 men: McNay/Hughes USA 2nd, Chaplin-Saunders/Chaplin-Saunders CAN 13th
470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 19th, Surette/tenHove CAN 55th
See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.

As from today, all classes will be on the water, for the first time the Nacra 17, the 49ers and the 49ersFX. Racing today can again be followed live on the Internet.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Top sailing conditions with a 20-23 kn breeze on the last day of the Istanbul Act prevailed for the X-40-cats. As team of the day, 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA was ready to fight for the overall win in the last double-points heat, but for tactical reasons, they let 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL pass to avoid that 'The Wave - Muscat' would win Act 6. The NewZealanders celebrated their first 2014 win, and this after a last place in Act 5. 'The Wave - Muscat' and 'Alinghi' completed the podium.
The report and the ranking list.
Monday, September 15, 2014   
Light winds prevailed yesterday during the last races of the Swan Cup on Sardinia. 92 teams, split in 6 categories, participated. The outcome of the Swan 45 World Championship was decided in the very last race in favor of Nigel Brandeis GER agains his German opponent Christian Plump GER. All other ranking lists and the final report.
Monday, September 15, 2014   (Image © Sander van der Borch)
The inaugural One Design Cup in Marseille was concluded yesterday in excellent sailing conditions. The new high-tech classes were much appreciated.
Flavio Marazzi SUI was best in the three-boats' GC32-catamaran fleet. Arthur Herrmann FRA won the Match Race of the 8 Diam-24-trimarans. Loic Forestier SUI finished 4th in his first regatta as skipper of the new Tour-de-France boat. Giovanni Galeotti BEL dominated the Moths with David Holenweg SUI and Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal SUI on rank 2 and 3. The report and all ranking lists.
Top News – Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday during the Laser and RS:X races.
With 4 heats completed, the two Laser classes will continue racing in a Gold-, Silver- and Bronzefleet. Finishing on the ranks 3 and 1, the defending champion Robert Scheidt BRA has taken the lead in the Lasers Standard 2 points ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED, and another 2 points in front of Tom Burton AUS. 24 nations are now firmly qualified for Rio 2016, the 23 nations now in the Goldfleet plus Brazil as organisers. The report.
Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE defended her first place in the Lasers Radial. Viktorija Andrulyte advanced on rank 2 as best of the day (1/4). The favorites Marit Bouwmester NED and Dongshuang Zhang CHN follow at equal points on the positions 3 and 4. 33 nations qualified for the Goldfleet, where 19 Olympics berths will be allotted.
The French dominate windsurfing. Pierre Le Coq FRA won both races of his group in the RS:X-men and leads overall ahead of Louis Giard FRA. Piotr Myszka POL follows on the 3rd place.
Charline Picon FRA won two of the three heats in the RS:X-female windsurfers, 2 points ahead of the surprising Demita Vega de Lille MEX. Byrony Shaw GBR, Eugenie Ricard FRA and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL follow on the ranks 3 to 5 at equal points.
All ranking lists and the event website .

The results of the best North Americans in the Lasers Standard : Charlie Buckingham USA 8th, Chris Barnard USA 12th, Lee Parkhill CAN 16th. Lasers Radial: Erika Reinecke 8th, Isabella Bertold CAN 35th. RS:X men: David Mier Y Teran MEX 34th, Carson Crain USA 39th, Zach Plavsic CAN 40th. RS:X women: Demita Vega de Lille MEX 2nd, Farrah Hall USA 35th, Laurence Bonneau CAN 57th. See also the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
In addition to the Lasers and RS:X-windsurfers, the 470s will begin their Championship today. As always, racing can be followed live on the Internet.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
No change on the Medal ranks after the three races of the last day. Tim Healy USA and his team with Geoff Baker USA as tactician are the first World Champions of this young class, commented by Paul Cayard USA as yacht with a "one design aspect, a very light and fast boat, relatively inexpensive, 4 person crew all combine for big bang and big fun for your buck.".
Joel Running USA (tactician Bill Hardesty USA) and Brian Keane USA (with Richard Clarke CAN) took Silver and Bronze. The best European is Peter Taselaar NED (with Tom Slingsby AUS) as 10th.
The final rankings and the event website.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Ideal X-40 cat conditions prevailed yesterday with a 20 kn breeze and a very special race on the program: a race across the Bosporus where the intensive cargo- and passenger traffic had to be interrupted during the competition. 'The Wave - Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR defended the leading position, but 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL is only 2 points behind. 'Oman Air' (Rob Greenalgh GBR) stays on the 3rd place, but 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA reduced the gap to 3 points. Racing for the ranks 1 and 2 as well as 3 and 4 remains close on the final day of the event.
The report and the results.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
It blew 20 knots and above for a third straight day at the Rolex Big Boat Series, and with six races under their sailing belts, eight of ten classes – HPR, BAMA/Multihull, J/70, J/105, J/111, J/120, Melges 24, Express 37 – are counting on one last race (the traditional 'Bay Tour') tomorrow to either seal their deals or steal into top-three positions where bragging rights are as treasured as the trophies to be presented. The other two – ORR and Farr 40 – will let two round-the-buoys races determine the class champions, with the Farr 40 class also deciding the winner of its international circuit based on performances here. Read the full report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
Before the last races today, the results in 5 of 6 classes are very close, and only the Romanian 'Natalia' has a comfortable advantage in the Swan 42 rankings. In the Swan 45 Worlds, the fight for the title is German with 'Earlybird' of Nigel Brandis GER (with Jochen Schümann GER as tactician) and 'Elena Nova' of Christian Plump GER only one point behind. All other ranking lists and the daily report.
Sunday, September 14, 2014   
Roland and Nahid Gäbler GER gathered two race wins more and fiinsh the German Open on Lake Garda on a superior first place. Thanks to two second places, Martin Rusterholz/Jean-Marc Cuanillon SUI advanced on rank 2. Bob and Marc Baier GER are on the 3rd position, 6 points ahead of the 4th-placed Marcel and Jörg Steiner SUI. The results.
The Dart-18 Alp Cup 2014 ended with a Swiss victory. Michiel Fehr/Ueli Guggenbühl SUI won 6 of the 8 races and are 13 points in advance of the 2nd-ranked Matthias Huber/Dominik Volke GER 2. With Werner Heynisch/Markus Gysi SUI as 4th, another Swiss team is in the top-5. 29 teams from 5 nations. The ranking list.
Top News – Saturday, September 13, 2014
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
Once the thick fog had gone, the first races of the ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship were started in a light 6 to 8 kn breeze yesterday, with the Laser Classes as firsts.
On top after two races in the large Laser Standard fleet with the complete elite sailing is Juan Maegli GUA with the day ranks 1 and 3. Tom Burton AUS (5/3) and Matthew Wearn AUS (7/2) follow behind. On rank 4 is the youth sailor Giovanni Coccoluto ITA as best of only 3 Europeans in the top 10. The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA is on position 7 with the rank 13 nd 2.
With Veronika Kozelska-Fenclova CZE (1/3) on top of the Lasers Radial, an experienced sailor appears ahead of the women single-handed dinghies. Min Gu CHN on rank 2 however is a new-name among the international top-sailors of the class. Emma Plaesschart BEL follows on rank 3, the 4th place is shared by the top-favorites Marit Bouwmester NED and Dongshuang Zhang CHN.
The results of the best North Americans in the Lasers Standard: Lee Parkhill CAN 10th, Chris Barnard USA 19th, and in the Lasers Radial: Erika Reinecke 28th (after winning race 1), Isabella Bertold CAN 36th. See the US Sailing Team and the Sail Canada websites for details.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Today, two more Qualification Races of the two Laser Classes and first races of the RS:X Windsurfers are on the program. 18 nation berths in the men and 13 nation berths in the women are at stake. Racing can be followed over GPS-live-tracking.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   (Image © Sander van der Borch)
Finishing 7th in the final race of the Goldcup, Markus Wieser GER/Sergey Pugatchev RUS/Georgii Leontchuk UKR sailing under the UAE (Arab Emirates) flag won the series for the second time in a row. Arriving 2nd, Pieter Heerema NED and his team moved up on 2nd overall, ahead of Jewgenij Braslavets UKR on 3rd.
The ranking list and the report.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   (Image © Elena Razina)
The SB20 World Championship in St. Petersburg ended yesterday with a final race sailed again in a light breeze. Instead of the scheduled 13 races, only 6 could be completed.
Finishing 3rd, Ewgenj Neugodnikov RUS earned Gold ahead of Hugo Rocha ESP and Mathieu Salomon FRA. The favorite Luka Rodion UKR had to content himself with ran 4.
The ranking list and the report.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   (Image © Paul Todd)
Lull conditions for the first time after three windy days off Newport RI, and just one race could be completed. The two leading boats of Tom Healey USA and Joel Running USA sailed both their discard result. Brian Kean USA (tactics Richard Clark CAN) won the race and reduced as 3rd overall the points' gap on the leading duo. James Arendshorst USA (with Chris and Danielle Rast SUI) remain on the 22nd place among the 86 teams.
The ranking list.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
Moderate winds prevailed yesterday with outsiders setting some positive marks: Best of the day was 'Oman Air' with Rob Greenalgh GBR advancing on position 3 overall. Race winners of the day were also 'GAC Pindar' with Nathan Wilmot AUS and the invited local 'Team Turx' with Mitch Booth NED.
Overall leader remains 'The Wave -Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR closely followed by 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL. 'Alinghi' mit Morgan Larson USA came back after the dismasting of the first daxy and moved up on rank 6. Still with unexpected difficulties are Jerôme Clerc SUI and Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI with their 'RealTeam', sticking on rank 11 overall.
The report, the ranking list and the video of the day.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
The flying GC32 catamarans sailed again 7 races in challenging wind conditions. Admittedly, Flavio Marazzi SUI had to content himself with a series of 2nd places, but in the overall rankings, he remains clearly ahead of his two opponents, who both had to omit a day due to damages. The ranking list.
The prevailing 12-18 kn Mistral breeze was perfect for the Moths as well, sailing five heats, all won by Giovanni Galeotti BEL. David Hollenweg SUI and Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal (-Ziegert) follow on the ranks 2 and 3 in the 8 boats' fleet, among them also Philippe Presti FRA. The event website.
Saturday, September 13, 2014   
'Hollandia' with J. Fruytier/R. Vanhilst NED added another race win on his results sheet and is on a clear path to the title. Finished as 2nd of the day, Jean Fabre SUI with his 'Yquem II' in now on the 2nd place overall. Graeme Wood AUS with his 'Juanita' is now 3rd.
The ranking list.
Top News – Friday, September 12, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
The ISAF Olympic Classes World Championship 2014 in Santander ESP began yesterday with the Opening Ceremony. With 1'250 athletes from 83 nations, this event is one of the most international sports event ever. In addition to the Champions' titles, 75% of the nations' berths for the 2016 Olympic Regatta in Rio are at stake.
The first races today will see the two Laser classes in action. In the Lasers Standard (149 participants from 72 nations) will be eager to qualify their federations for one of the 23 Olympic slots. In the women's Laser Radial ( with 122 participants from 53 nations), the first 19 nations will qualify for the Games.
The defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA will try to win his 10th Laser World's title. But a number of other top sailors have their chances in waters of Santander with its tricky tide currents. In the women's Laser Radial class, the 2012 London/Weymouth medalists Marit Bouwmester NED and Evi Van Acker BEL remain the favorites. Eliminated from the Championship is Paige Railey USA after a bike accident - read the report.
The official Laser preview. Racing can be followed live over GPS live tracking.

Both Canada and USA have team members competing in all ten events, with 19 Canadians entrants and 35 USA entrants seeking to help their country qualify in each event for the Rio Games. For details, visit the US Sailing and Sail Canada websites.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Yesterday, after two days of qualifying, the 2014 J/70 World Championship saw the first Gold- and Silverfleet races of the Championship Series that will decide the winner of this inaugural world championship. After being postponed ashore a thunderstorm threat had lifted, the good wind conditions allowed to complete four races in a 12-18 kn wind. Tied on points to start the day were Joel Ronning USA (with tactician Bill Hardesty USA) and Tim Healy (with Geoff Becker USA), but Healy had a neat series (3/2/1/1) and took the overall lead 7 points ahead of Ronning. The 3rd-ranked Brian Keane USA (with Richard Clark CAN) is alread 29 points behind.
The results and the reports.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
The 5th race of the Dragon Goldcup yesterday on the Ijsselmeer brought a preliminary decision in favor of Markus Wieser UAE and his team finishing 3rd and extending their lead before the last race today on 13 points. As no discards ar allowed in the Goldcup, everything remains possible. "To finish first, you have to finish first ... " Lawrie Smith GBR is now 2nd but his advance on the 3rd-ranked Jewgenj Braslavets UAE is only 2 points. Poul Hoj-Jensen DEN and Richard Heerema NED on the ranks 4 and 5 have still options for a medal.
The rankings and the event website.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Up to 20 kn was the wind on the opening day of Act 6 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul, and 7 races full of action (including two dismastings) were completed. The big-breeze specialist had their day, and 'Team New Zealand' with Dean Barker NZL has for the first time this year taken the lead with a consistent series of top results ahead of 'The Wave Muscat' with Leigh McMillan GBR. 'Alinghi' (Morgan Larson USA) were in difficulties in the freshening wind and even lost the mast in the last race of the day. As 8th they are just in front of Ben Ainslie GBR and his 'BAR Racing'. 'Groupama' dismasted already in the 4th race, but nevertheless, the French team is as 11th ahead of 'Realstone' with Jerôme Clerc SUI completely off-track.
The ranking list, the daily report and the videos.
Friday, September 12, 2014   (Image © Elena Razina)
Another day with mostly no wind in St. Petersburg, and only one race was finally completed. After five general recalls, it was again Evgeny Neugodnikov RUS who crossed the finish line as first, just before the wind disappeared for the day. Only 12 of the 49 teams terminated the race before the time limit. No change on top of the rankings with Neugodnikov RUS leading 2 points ahead of Hugo Rocha ESP. Mathieu Salomon FRA remains on 3rd.
The results and the report of the day.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
Two more races were sailed yesterday at the 8 mIJ Worlds at La Trinité FRA, and again, 'Hollandia' with J. Fruytier/R. Vanhilst NED was twice on top. Jean Fabre SUI with his 'Yquem' finished two times on 2nd and reduced the gap on the 2nd-ranked 'Juanita' of Graeme Wood AUS on one point.
The ranking list.
Friday, September 12, 2014   
The 'flying' GC32 catamarans, the first class to start at the Marseille One Design Cup, sailed their first two races yesterday in 25 kn Mistral. The sailing conditions were at the upper limit for these filigree racers, achieving speeds of up to 40 kn. Only two of the four multihulls finished both races. Flavio Marazzi SUI with his experienced GC32-team was twice the winner.
The report and the results.
Friday, September 12, 2014   (Image © Carlo Borlenghi)
The long-distance race yesterday was sailed in an up to 25 kn breeze. Thanks to a race win, Nigel Brandis GER took the lead a the Swan-45-Worlds. The results.
All ranking lists and the report.
 
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