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Top News – Saturday, April 25, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Moderate winds of up to 10 kn provided for another light-wind day yesterday.
Inspite of a failed race (rank 23), Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO extended their lead in the 470 men on 11 points. Zandona/Trani ITA remain 2nd, but new on rank 3 are now Xammar/Herp ESP. Leader change in the 470 women where Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win, closely followed by Haeger/Provancha USA. The best of the day (2/4) Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA advanced on rank 3.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL are a class of their own in the 49ers, as their advantage after 9 races is already 37 points. Warrer/Thomsen DEN and Outteridge/Jensen AUS keep the ranks 2 and 3. The best of the day (1/13/2) Heil/Plössel GER moved up on rank 5. A solid lead also in the 49ersFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN extended their advantage on 17 points. The day's best Lisa Ericsson/Hannah Klinga SWE with two race wins progressed on the 2nd place. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are now 3rd.
Giles Scott GBR is on the way to another victory in the Finns, as his last persuer Ed Wright GBR is now 14 points back. The 3rd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO has already a backlog of 32 points.
The Nacra 17 sailed only one race and the first-placed Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA defended their position with a 12 points advantage on Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN 2nd. The best of the day Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED moved up on rank 3.
Pierre Le Coq FRA (1 and 3) is first in the RS:X male windsurfers, closely followed by Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Julien Bontemps FRA. Lilian de Geus NED firmly leads in the RS:X female windsurfers, where - thanks to the light wind - the Chinese Jahui Wu CHN and Victoria Chan HKG are again the first chasers.

With the light air returning to the Worldcup race courses on Friday in France, the US Sailing Team is now in the top ten in three classes, and just outside that marker in two more. Remarkable performance by the Canadians in the 49erFX and Nacra-17. Here the best by nation:
470 Women: 2nd Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
470 Men: 14th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 21st Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA
49erFX: 15th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 21st Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA
Finn: 8th Caleb Paine USA
Nacra 17: 11th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 23rd Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA
RS:X men: none qualified
RS:X women: 23rd Demita Vega MEX. 32nd Farrah Hall USA
Laser Standard: 12th Charlie Buckingham USA, 34th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 7th Paige Railey USA, 13th Isabella Bertold CAN,
For more details, go to the and the [url=wxw.sailing.ca/]Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists, the report of the day and two video interviews with the skiff giants Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Grael/Kunze BRA.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Moderate winds of up to 10 kn provided for another light-wind day yesterday.
Inspite of a failed race (rank 23), Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO extended their lead in the 470 men on 11 points. Zandona/Trani ITA remain 2nd, but new on rank 3 are now Xammar/Herp ESP. Leader change in the 470 women where Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win, closely followed by Haeger/Provancha USA. The best of the day (2/4) Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA advanced on rank 3.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL are a class of their own in the 49ers, as their advantage after 9 races is already 37 points. Warrer/Thomsen DEN and Outteridge/Jensen AUS keep the ranks 2 and 3. The best of the day (1/13/2) Heil/Plössel GER moved up on rank 5. A solid lead also in the 49ersFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN extended their advantage on 17 points. The day's best Lisa Ericsson/Hannah Klinga SWE with two race wins progressed on the 2nd place. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are now 3rd.
Giles Scott GBR is on the way to another victory in the Finns, as his last persuer Ed Wright GBR is now 14 points back. The 3rd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO has already a backlog of 32 points.
The Nacra 17 sailed only one race and the first-placed Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA defended their position with a 12 points advantage on Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN 2nd. The best of the day Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED moved up on rank 3.
Pierre Le Coq FRA (1 and 3) is first in the RS:X male windsurfers, closely followed by Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Julien Bontemps FRA. Lilian de Geus NED firmly leads in the RS:X female windsurfers, where - thanks to the light wind - the Chinese Jahui Wu CHN and Victoria Chan HKG are again the first chasers.

Paige Railey USA is in the top-10, and Charlie Buckingham USA as well as Isabelle Bertold CAN will fight for the Medal Race in today's two races. The results of the best NorAms:
Laser Standard: 12th Charlie Buckingham USA, 34th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 7th Paige Railey USA, 13th Isabella Bertold CAN,
For more details, go to the and the [url=wxw.sailing.ca/]Sail Canada website.

light winds have been forecast for today again. The races can again be followed live on the Internet.
All ranking lists and the daily report.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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The whole fleet tacked North yesterday along the Brazilian coast, and the first to move - 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) - has now the overall lead. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) on 2nd follows 9 miles behind, and another 2 miles back is 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) on the 3rd place. No major changes will happen in the Southern trade-winds today, and only the passage of the Equator will probably stretch the closely packed fleet.
The race viewer and the event website.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Light and very shifty winds made the day very challenging for the 4 teams on their foiling GC32 catamarans, and only 3 of the 6 planned races could be completed. Chris Draper GBR, steering the cat of the Marazzi-Sailing-Teams, defended the lead, but 'Spindrift', best of the day with Yann Guichard FRA, reduced the gap on rank 1. 'Alinghi' with Morgan Larson USA at the helm follows on rank 3.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Top Lake Garda conditions with an up to 25 kn Ora breeze prevailed on the Italian pre-alpine lake during the past days and the 13 teams from 4 nations completed daily 3 races. Mark Holowesko BAH and Gavin McKinney BAH share the lead, while Rolf Kellenberger SUI, first after day one, follows 3 points behind on rank 3.
The ranking list.
Top News – Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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The breeze filled in with up to 5 bft on sunny Hyères Bay, ... dream conditions for the 3rd Act of the ISAF Olympic Classes Worldcup. The favorites progressed in all classes, mostly compensating for some weak results from day 1.
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO have taken the lead in the 470 men ahead of Zandona/Trani ITA still 2nd and new, as best of the day, ranks 1 and 4, Luke Patience/Eliott Willis GBR on 3rd. Gerz/Szymanski GER dropped on rank 4. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clarke GBR moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win in the 470 women, at equal points with Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA and Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL.
The NZL vs AUS duel in the 49ers has defintely tilted towards the Kiwis Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL with a brilliant 1/1/2 day. Jonas Warrer/Anders Thomsen DEN follow on rank 2, while the Olympic Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS descended on rank 3 ... the lack of skiff training becomes evident with this team active on all kind of boats. New on top of the 49erFX are Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN ahead of the best of the day Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP new on 2nd.
Giles Scott GBR, undefeated for two years, has taken the command in the Finns, ahead of Ed Wright GBR and Pieter-Jan Postma NED.
Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA, the dominators of the Nacra 17 have taken the lead yesterday, followed by Lin Cenholt/Peter Lübeck DEN 2nd and Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS 3rd.
With Piotr Myszka POL ahead of Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Prszemyslav Myarczinski POL, the well-known RS:X male windsurfers did move on the top positions. In the RS:X women, it is the newcomer of the year Lilian de Geus NED who is clearly in front of Isobel Hamilton GBR. Woman of the day was Maja Dziarnowska POL, winner of all three heats, and moving up on rank 4 after her disastrous first day (ranks 29/28).

Progress in all classes for the North Americans on day two of the Hyères Worldcup. Here the best by nation:
470 Women: 2nd Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
470 Men: 6th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 24th Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA
49ersFX: 15th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 16th Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA
Finn: 9th Caleb Paine USA
Nacra 17: 11th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 23rd Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA
RS:X men: none qualified
RS:X women: 6th Demita Vega MEX. 40th Farrah Hall USA
Laser Standard: 18th Charlie Buckingham USA, 20th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 25th Isabella Bertold CAN, 11th Paige Railey USA
For more details, go to the US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Franck Socha)
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Sun and a fresh up to 20 kn breeze prevailed on the second day of the Hyères Olympic Classes Worldcup.
No wonder, that in these conditions, the top Laser Standard sailors took control, and the leading top quartet consists now of Tom Burton AUS first ahead of Nicholas Heiner NED 2nd, Tonci Stipanovic CRO 3rd and Robert Scheidt BRA 4th.
In the Radials, the first place is shared by Anne-Marie Rindom DEN and Evi Van Acker BEL, with Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU following on rank 3. Not up to speed is Marit Bouwmester NED on rank 14 overall, and with a 10th place yesterday just making the top-10s for the first time.

The results of the North Americans:
Laser Standard: 18th Charlie Buckingham USA, 28th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 11th Paige Railey USA, 15th Isabella Bertold CAN
For more details, go to the US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the report.
Friday, April 24, 2015   
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After a never-ending starboard tack on the South Atlantic for several days, 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) and 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) have been tempted to bring a tactical move in to interrupt the drag race with a tack direction North. However, they did come back rapidly, but with the benefit of taking the lead with increased gaps to the rest of the fleet. 'Abu Dhabi' is now 7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' and 13 miles in front of the all-female 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR on 3rd.
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Friday, April 24, 2015   (Image © Christophe Breschi)
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The Annual Championship of the flying GC32-catamarans begins in May on Lake Traun. Over this weekend, the class has organised a test event in Marseille for the prominent newcomers 'Alinghi' and 'Spindrift', and a the same time offering race management an opportunity to deal with these superfast multihulls.
Six races were completed yesterday and Flavio Marazzi SUI, experienced since the launching of this class two years ago, clearly leads in the interim's rankings ahead of 'Spindrift' with Yann Guichard FRA 2nd, 'GDF Suez' with Sébastien Rogues FRA and 'Alinghi' with Ernesto Bertarelli SUI at equal points 3rd.
The ranking list and the report.
Top News – Thursday, April 23, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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Light and unconstant winds prevailed on the first day of the Hyères Worldcup, but nevertheless, all classes sailed the full program. The light-wind specialists had their day while some of the favorites found themselves on unusual ranks.
Convincing as in the previous year, Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA took the overall lead in the 470 women posting the scores of 4 and 3. Oliveira/Barbachan BRA and Mills/Clark GBR are the first persuers. Same situation in the 470 men, where Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski GER - top in the light winds in Marseille two weeks ago already - are on position 1 also with the race ranks 4 and 3. Fantela/Marenic CRO and Zandona ITA/Trani ITA follow on 2 and 3.
The favorites have already taken control in the 49ers with Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Burling/Tuke NZL sharing the lead ahead of Delle-Karth/Resch AUT on 3rd. Surprising the situation in the 49ersFX with the appearance of Lili Sebesi/Julie Bossard FRA on rank 1 together with the favorites Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN. Grael/Kunze BRA and Hansen/Salskov DEN follow at equal points on 3rd.
First leader in the Finns is Andrew Murdoch NZL, ahead of Michele Paoletti ITA and Ondrej Teply CZE tied on rank 2. The high-rider Giles Scott GBR follows on the 7th place with the ranks 25 and 1.
Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS closely followed by Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED and Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA on 3rd are the top ranks in the Nacra-17 mixed multihulls.
Chinese athletes are on the first places of the RS:X windsurfers with Aichen Wang CHN leading in the men ahead of Juan-Manuel Moreno ESP and Federico Esposito ITA, while Peina Chen CHN is on top of the women in front of Victoria Chan HKG and Laura Linares ITA.

Two top-ten interim's results on for the North Americans for the moment:
470 Women: 1st Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
470 Men: 15th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 31st Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA
49ersFX: 7th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 23rd Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA
Finn: 13th Caleb Paine USA
Nacra 17: 14th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 20th Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA
RS:X men: none qualified
RS:X women: 12th Demita Vega MEX. 39th Farrah Hall USA
Laser Standard: 16th Charlie Buckingham USA, 20th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 25th Isabella Bertold CAN, 29th Paige Railey USA
For more details, go to the US Sailing Team report and the Sail Canada website.

All results and the communique of the day.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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Nothing special to report from the South Atlantic ! The never-ending starbord tack in a moderate breeze continued during the past 24 hours and the six VOR 65 are sailing at similar speeds within approx 5 miles. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) leads for the moment 1,4 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) and 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR). 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) as last is only 4,8 miles behind the leader. Good news from 'Dongfeng', as the water processing unit could be repaired.
The race viewer and the event website.
Thursday, April 23, 2015   
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The row of Solo Nonstop Around-the-World Races began in 1967/68 with the 'Golden Globe' Regatta. The winner Robin Knox Johnson GBR, the only one of the nine participants finishing the race, is the initiator of a Jubilee Regatte 50 years later planned for 2018, two years after the Vendée Globe, to be started at Falmouth GBR. More ...
Top News – Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015   
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The start to the first races at Hyères today, the 3rd round of the 2015 ISAF Worldcup, will be given at 10 hrs UTC. The wind forecast predicts sun and a moderate breeze around 10 kn. The races can be followed live on the internet by means of GPS-tracking. Here the full entry lists, limited to 40 boats per class. USA is represented by 18 sailors in all Olympic event except RS:X men, the Canadian Team consists of 11 athletes sailing in four events. Here the reports of US Sailing as well as Sail Canada.
The preview.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015   
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Since the start on Sunday, the six teams have been sailing on a long tack direction East to the trade-winds in a moderate reaching breeze allowing the Volvo 65s to progress at a 15 kn average speed. The fleet is still sailing closely together at sight. This morning the all-female 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR was ahead but only 0,1 miles in front of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) at 0,4 miles ! The story of the day however is the breakdown of the water processing unit on 'Dongfeng'. The backup unit is driven manually and this means physical efforts during 10 hours a day to produce the daily required 35 litres water. And this for at least another 15 days to the end of leg 6 !
The race viewer and the event website.
Top News – Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   
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Tomorrow begins the 3rd ISAF 2015 Olympic Classes Worldcup Regatta off Hyères, the traditional Semaine Olympique Française (SOF). After Melbourne and Miami, the new format with a 40 participants' limit per class reduces the total number of sailors present. In addition to the 30 best-ranked boats of the World Ranking List, 10 more teams per class qualified at the Palma Princesa Sofia Trophy two weeks ago. Here the entry lists with the Olympic circuit's top performers. Qualification Series and Gold- and Silverfleets are no longer needed. Racing in one fleet until Saturday will be concluded with the Medal Races of the 10 best next Sunday. In addition to the 10 Olympic events, the Paralympic classes are present with the 2.4 m and the Sonars. Light winds have been forecast for the first days, and only towards the end of the week, a fresher breeze exceeding 20 kn will fill in according to the meteo.
Here the official preview.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   
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Two days after the start, the six teams have now found a fresher breeze out on the open Sea along the Brazilian coast. The fleet still sticks together pushed by a 12 kn wind, and the leading 'Mapfre' is only 4,4 miles ahead of the last-positioned 'Brunel'.
The race viewer and the event website.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   (Image © Mirela Perello)
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As last of the seven two-person teams remaining in the race finished Nandor Fa HUN/Conrad Colman NZL with their 'Spirit of Hungary' the Barcelona World Race yesterday. Their circumnavgation lasted 110 days and 11 hours, i.e. 20 days mors as the winners Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA.
The news and the videos.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015   (Image © Diederich)
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Perfect conditions prevailed over the past weekend at the first J70 Lake Constance Battle. 20 boats from all over Germany followed the invitation from the Lindau Sailing Club. A 3 - 4 bft north-easterly wind on Saturday decreasing to 2 -3 bft on Sunday allowed to complete 14 races in total. Malte Kamrath GER and his team were the overall winners ahead of Julian Stückl GER 2nd and the first Lake Constance team of Veit Hemmeter GER 3rd.
The report and the ranking list.
 
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