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News – Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014   
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.
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 interim's rankings in calculated time rounding Stromboli with 'Esimit' on rank 50.
The race viewer and the reports.
Monday, October 20, 2014   
Bad luck with the wind for the 28 Moths ready for the Swiss Championship on 'Petit Lake Geneva'. Never enough wind from Friday till Sunday to complete a race ! The wind on Friday allowed at least to do some Speed Contest runs in a 8-10 kn breeze. Patrick Jan with his Foiler Kiteboard clocking a 16.667 kn speed was the fastest closely followed by Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal-Ziegert with 16,477 kn on his Foiler Moth.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
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.
Monday, October 20, 2014   
Indian summer with sun and little wind characterised the past regatta weekend. Nevertheless, racing was possible on most Swiss lakes. Please find some first results and reports on the Sailing Switzerland section of our website.
News – Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qingdao Worldcup event ended yesterday with the Medal Races sailed in light winds and big waves.
Byron Kokkalanis GRE was already the premature winner after the Qualification Series in the RS:X male windsurfers, and Aichen Wang CHN defended the Silver medal with a second place in the Medal Race. Maxim Oberemko RUS won Bronze. In the RS:X female windsurfers, Jiali Sun CHN was first ahead of Olga Maslivets RUS. The winner of the Medal Race Hongmei Shi CHN advanced on the 3rd place.
No change on the podium in the 470 men, where the youngsters Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP crowned their successful season with a Worldcup event victory. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Barreiros/Curbelo ESP finished 2nd and 3rd. The 470 women podium was all Chinese: Mengxi Wei/Yani Xu CHN won in front of Xiaomei Xu/Ping Zhang CHN.
In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO controlled the only remaining contender for the first place, Pavlos Kontides CYP, during the Medal Race and finished on top. Tom Burton AUS defended the 3rd place. Dongshuang Zhang CHN had an easy victory in the Lasers Radial, as her direct 2nd-ranked opponent Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR flopped in the Medal Race. Tina Mihelic CRO won Silver, Sara Winter NZL Bronze, as the Belarussian finished last in the Medal Race collecting heavy 20 points .
All ranking lists and the final report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind)
The fleet advanced rapidly in the freshening trade winds, and the leading Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA took the most out of it. This morning, her advantage over the 2nd ranked 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR, closely followed by 'Vestas Wind' with Chris Nicholson NZL, was already 32 miles. The all-female team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR on the last place was already 91 miles behind. Why the women lost so much cannot be found out in the complicated event website.
The race-viewer, the onboard report of the leading teams and the event website ... but apparently, there are no updates posted over the weekend.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   
Good wind conditions prevailed also on the 4th and 5th day of the Luderitz Speed Challenge, and a number of national records were improved. The windsurfer Remo Diethelm SUI - his faster brother Patrick has also an Italian passport and his records are Italian - improved the official Swiss record on 48,31 kn, the veteran Anders Bringdal SWE set the new Swedish record on 50,3 kn. The report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Kurt Arrigo)
A record-size 122 boats' fleet from 24 nations started yesterday out of the La Valetta Harbour to the Middlesea Race 2014. The 608 miles classic regatta leads from Malta thru the Messina Strait around the volcanic island Stromboli, along the Sicilian West coast, around the islands Pantelleria and Lampedusa back to La Valetta on Malta. The only Super-Maxi 'Esimit Europa II' with Jochen Schümann GER will most probably take the line honours this year as well. This morning, in the approach to the Messina Strait, 'Esimit' had a clear lead already. The USA 72-foot Maxi 'Shockwave' lead in calculated time.
The positions at the first way point, the race viewer and the reports.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   
The Champions' League Regatta – kind of European Championship of Sailing Clubs – continued in Copenhagen DEN yesterday with 21 races sailed in light winds. With a row of 1st and 2nd ranks, Lorenzo Bressani ITA skipper of the 'Circolo Canottieri Aniene' ITA has built up a solid 9,33 points' lead before the crucial last races today. Phil Robertson NZL, helmsman of 'Team Oman' follows on rank 2, the local matador Michael Hestbaek DEN from the 'Koneglig Dansk YC' and Carsten Kemmling GER ('Norddeutscher Regatta-Verein') follow closely behind at equal points.
The ranking list,the official report and the report of the Swiss team. Racing can be followed live on the Internet as from noon.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
Just before the time limit, some wind filled in on the Frisco Bay allowing a final race at the Farr 40 World Championship yesterday, without any influence on the podium places. Alex Roepers USA (tactics Terry Hutchinson USA) won clearly ahead of Martin Hill USA (Andrew Campbell USA) and Alberto Rossi ITA (Vasco Vascotto ITA). Wolfgang Schäfer GER (Ray Davis USA) won the final race, advancing on rank 4 overall, but he just missed the podium by 2 points.
The ranking list and the final report.
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © SN St Tropez)
Light winds prevailed yesterday off St-Tropez during the final race where the leading duo were controlling each other and finished midfleet, i.e. their discard result. Thanks to the superior number of race wins, Giuseppe Duca ITA won the Trophy ahead of Gavia Wilkonson-Cox GBR at equal points. Marc Bouet FRA followed on the 3rd place.
The ranking list and the event facebook page
Sunday, October 19, 2014   (Image © MaxComm Communication/SYZ & CO Speed Week)
No news from the Moth Swiss Championship or other competitions at the Sail-Speed-Record event this morning, ... not on the event facebook page and not on the Club website or the Moth class website. Considering the wind forecast, we suppose that there were no sailing activities due to lack of wind.
News – Saturday, October 18, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
The Qualification Series ended yesterday with 3 races, sailed in a fresh 18-22 kn breeze. The Medal Races are already underway this morning.
Byron Kokkalanis GRE was the premature winner in the RS:X men yesterday evening already. Winner in the Medal Race was Maxim Oberemko RUS, but he remained on rank 3 behind Aichen Wang CHN. Leader change however in the RS:X women, where Jiali Sun CHN moved on top with two race wins. In today's Medal Race, she controlled the previous leader Olga Maslivets RUS defending her first position. Hongmei Shi CHN, winner of the Medal Race advanced on rank 3.
The other Medal Races have not yet been completed this morning at 7 hrs CET. The 470 team Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP extended their advance in the men two-person dinghy event on 10 points. Mantis/Kagialis GRE and Barreiros/Cabrero ESP will start to the Medal Race from the positions 2 and 3. On a solid path to victory are Mengxi Wei/Yani Xui CHN in the 470 women. Their advantage is 9 points.
In the Lasers Standard, Tonci Stipanovic CRO and Pavlos Kontides CYP 4 points behind will duel for the final victory. Tom Burton AUS finally reached the podium, a place he will have to defend today against Wannes Van Laer BEL and Michael Bullot NZL. Fully open is the situation in the Lasers Radial: The leading duo has been disqualified, and the new top group consists now of Dongshuang Zhang CHN as first, followed by Sara Winter NZL, Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR and Tina Mihelic CRO closely behind.
All ranking lists (the Medal Races will end around 11 hrs CET. and the ISAF report.
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © Matt Knighton/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)
The seven teams have reached the trade winds after one week's sailing and sail at average speeds around 20 kn southwards. Today, they will pass the Cape Verde Islands, and soon after, the innertropical convergence zone, the Doldrums, will start to complicate strategies and tactics with its unpredictable thunderstorm and lull patches.
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is back on top of the fleet with a 3 miles' advance on the Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA. The fleet is still pretty close together except the all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR and Justine Mettraux SUI, loosing considerable mileage yesterday and 58 miles behind the leader this morning.
The race viewer, the onboard reports, the videos and the event website.
Saturday, October 18, 2014   
'Only' 8-10 kn was the wind on the opening day of the Geneva Speed Contest, but the fastest speeds were astonishingly high. Patrick Jan SUI with his foiler-kiteboard was the fastest with 16,667 kn, closely followed by Jean-Pierre de Siebenthal-Ziegert, best of the Moths, with 16,477 kn. The Moth Class begins with the 2014 Swiss Championship today.
The speed rankings and the event facebook page.
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © SN St Tropez)
Three races were sailed again yesterday on the Bay of St-Tropez in a light and shifty breeze. Giuseppe Duca ITA, winning a race, is now on top of the rankings after discarding the worst result. But the replaced Gavia Wikinson-Cox GBR has another two races today to compensate the 5 points backlog during the final day. Marc Bouet FRA remained on 3rd, but with a 20 points deficit, he will not be able to interfere in the fight for rank one.
The rankings and the report.
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © Lars Wehrmann)
Yesterday was day one of the inaugural Sailing Champions League 2014 Regatta in Copenhagen DEN, with teams from European top clubs competing on J/70s in a stadium-type racing close to the harbour shore. L
Leader after day one is 'Oman Sail' with Robert Greenhalgh ahead of the 'Kongelig Dansk Yachtclub' with Michael Heastback and the 'Circolo Canottieri Aniene' with Lorenzo Bressani ITA.
The ranking list. Racing can be followed live on the Internet this afternoon.
Saturday, October 18, 2014   (Image © Daniel Forster)
The wind-safe Frisco Bay let the Farr 40 fleet down yesterday, as after four hours' waiting on the water, the boats returned to the harbor without race.
On rank 1 before the last races today is Alex Roepers USA (tactics Terry Hutchinson USA) with a 16 points' lead on a safe way to the title, ahead of Martin Hill USA (tactics Andrew Campbell USA), Alberto Rossi ITA (Vasco Vascotto ITA) and Andrew Hunn AUS (David Chapman AUS) on the ranks 2-4 separated by 2 points fighting for Silver or Bronze.
The ranking list and the daily report.
News – Friday, October 17, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © ISAF)
Light winds and a substantial currant prevailed on the 3rd day of the Qingdao ISAF Worldcup. The 470s and Lasers sailed one race each, the RS:X two.
New on top of the Lasers Radial is the light-wind specialist Dongshuang Zhang CHN winning this race. On rank two 4 points behind are Tatjana Droszdovskaja BLR, Tina Mihelic CRO and Sara Winter NZL at equal points. Tonci Stipanovic CRO extended his lead in the Lasers Standard with another race win on 6 points. Pavlos Kontides CYP and Wannes Van Laer BEL remained on the ranks 2 and 3, in spite of the fact, that they sailed their discard result yesterday.
New leaders in the 470 men are Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp ESP finishing 2nd yesterday as the only of the top teams finishing among the first boats. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kigalis GRE are now 2nd with a 4 points backlog. Sozykin/Gribanov RUS advanced on rank 3. In the 470 women, Mengxi Wei/Jani Xu CHN extended her overall lead with another race win. Xu/Zhang CHN and Chen/Gao CHN are now the closest opponents.
Two races per category were sailed in the windsurfer: Byron Kokkalanis GRE delivered his worst results so far (5 and 9) in the RS:X men, but nevertheless he clearly stays on top ahead of Aichen Wang CHN on a solid 2nd rank. In the RS:X women, Olga Maslivets RUS, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2, remains clearly on the first place. Jiali Sun CHN is new on rank 2.
All ranking lists and the video summary.
Today's races are already underway, and with the prevailing 18 - 20 kn breeze, it is again the fresh winds specialist's turn. The report.
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race)
After passing the Canary Islands near the Moroccan Coast, the 7 yacht fleet has now reach the first trade-winds with the leading boats touching the breeze as first stretching the gaps between the boats. The Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA extended her lead on over 10 miles. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR and 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP follow behind. The all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR dropped on the last place with a backlog of 26 miles this morning.
The race-viewer, the report of the teams and the videos.
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © Rolex / Daniel Forster)
The Farr 40 Worlds continued yesterday in a 14-16 kn breeze with three races. Alex Roepers USA (tactics Terry Hutchinson USA) extended his lead on 18 points with a series of top results. Martin Hill USA (tactics Andrew Campbell USA) follows on rank 2, new on rank 3 is Alberto Rossi ITA (Vasco Vascotto ITA). The best team of the day with the ranks 1/3/5 was 'Struntje Light' with Wolfgang Schäfer GER (Ray Davies USA) on rank 6.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © Kim Wolf)
The Semi Finals and Finals were sailed in light and unconstant winds, and the two comeback teams from the past Olympics - Lucie MacGregor GBR and Katie Spithill AUS - met in the last encounter. Macgregor had the upperhand with 3-2 in a tight match. Anna Kjellberg SWE won the Petite Final against Trine Paludan DEN 2-0. The Danish woman replaced the injured team skipper Camilla Ulrikkeholm DEN, and this 4th place was sufficient for the Danish team to win the Women International Matchracing Series 2014.
The report with the results.
Friday, October 17, 2014   
Ideal 12 kn breeze conditions prevailed yesterday on the Bay of St-Tropez, and three races were completed. Gavia Wilkinson-Cox GBR and her team took the overall lead, and her advance is already 6 points and more on the pursuers. Giuseppe Duca ITA, best of the day, advanced on rank 2 overall. Marc Bouet FRA remained on the 3rd place.
The ranking list and the report.
Friday, October 17, 2014   (Image © Martina Orsini)
Today begins the Moth Swiss Championship 2014, this year part of the Geneva Speed Week organised by the SN of Geneva. 22 participants from 5 nations are on the entry list, among them the favorites Giovanni Galeotti BEL, Chris Rast SUI and - with some deficits regarding Moth training, but knowing the venue - Arnaud Psarofaghis SUI. The wind forecast for today is not bad, as a strom front will pass over Switzerland, but during the weekend, mild Indian summer weather with little to no wind might arrive.
The event-website.
Friday, October 17, 2014   
Francisco Renna of Argentina is the 2014 World Champion. His spectacular score line included four race wins giving him a final 17 point cushion over his nearest competitor. The final three races of the series were sailed on Thursday to complete the series at nine races. Jean Paul de Trazegenies of Peru sailed a great final three races to move into second place. Conner Blouin of the United States was close behind in third. In all seventy two competitors from ten countries participated in the championship. Read the report and see the complete results.