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News – Sunday, January 25, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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The wind has vanished in the past 24 hours with 350 miles to go to Sanya, and the fleet has closed up again. 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker is now only 17 miles behind the leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and the race for the first place at the Chinese port-of-call is again fully open. Even 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) sailing on rank 5 30 miles behind has chances to join the battle for victory in the light and varying winds near the shore. Only 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR 95 miles back will hardly make any ranks good.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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The leading Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA vill round Cape of Good Hope this morning UTC, and their strategy in the circumvention of the St-Helena anticyclone in the South Atlantic proved to be favorable. The second ranked 'Neutrogena' with Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI is 119 miles behind, while the rest of the fleet is over 24 hours away. A last quick check of boat and equipment and then begins the long and awesome high-speed race in the Roaring Forties to Cape Horn.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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Three races by class were sailed at the Antibes Ski-Yachting yesterday in a 5 to 10 kn breeze, with for the first time the 420s and Lasers joining the competition.
In the 5o5, Boite/Rodriguez FRA defended their lead. As best of the day, Florian Stauffer/Valéry Jacot SUI moved up on rank 2. Leader in the Dragons is still Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team, with Jouko Lindgren FIN 2 points behind on 2nd. Leader change in the Finns with Sébastien Grall FRA as first ahead of Marc Allain de Beauvais FRA and Antal Gabor HUN. The Italian 420s have taken the lead with Edoardo Ferraro/Francesco Orlando ITA first ahead of Andrea Abruzzese/Camilla Fassio ITA. Only a few Lasers are competing and the leader in the 9-boat Radial fleet is Pierre Guillou FRA.
All ranking lists and the short report.
Sunday, January 25, 2015   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
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The Australia Day, the national celebration day, takes place on this weekend, and among the celebrations are a number of regattas, as among others, the race of historical 18-footers on Sydney Harbour yesterday. Do not miss a glance at the photos of Christophe Favreau.
Sunday, January 25, 2015   
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News – Saturday, January 24, 2015
Saturday, January 24, 2015   
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Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA and 70 miles behind Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI are chasing at speeds of up to 20 kn direction Indian Ocean, and they expect to pass the Cape of Good Hopes during the coming night. The seven teams still in the race met science yesterday as the pairs of skippers took the first opportunity to deploy their data monitoring Argo beacon which was given to them in Bareclona prior to the start. These beacons which will provide data from these remote oceanic locations for seven years, a program allowing scientists to look below the surface, providing a profile of the temperature and salinity of the ocean using a global array of over 3,500 profiling floats that are moving up and down in the water column from the surface to a depth of 2,000m. This project enables new revelations about ocean dynamics that are helping society understand and forecast global climate.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015   
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The fleet is now approaching the Vietnamese coast in a long starboard leg in a 20 kn breeze and a rough sea. The leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) had 500 miles to go to Sanya this morning UTC. The race for victory is not over yet as the 59 miles' advantage can be lost rapidly in case of tactical errors or gear failure. The chaser quartet, lead by 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) is sailing within a 15 miles area
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Saturday, January 24, 2015   
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The 2015 Ski-Yachting began Thursday with the ski giant-slalom with the French 420 youth sailors dominting. Yesterday, two races were sailed off Antibes in a light breeze.
Boite/Rodriguez FRA have taken the lead in the 5o5s ahead of Bleuez/Roucayrol FRA. In the Dragons, Anatoly Loganov RUS and his team are first one point ahead of Igor Goikhberg RUS. Pierre Lallemand FRA won both Finn races and leads ahead of Tangui Capitaine FRA.
All results and the short report.
Saturday, January 24, 2015   (Image © Photoboat)
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The Key West Race Week ended yesterday with another perfect summery day with a 18-20 kn breeze from the south-southeast, and a fair amount of chop, allowing to complete two races.
In these last heats,Flavio Marazzi SUI climbed on the first place in the GC32-catamrans ahead of Erik Maris FRA. Conor Clarke IRL went on with his domination of the Melges 24, and so did Carlo Alberini ITA (tactics Branko Brcin SLO) in the largest fleet, the J/70, celebrating the first European victory in the USA in this class launched recently. The best of the day, Julio Neckelmann MEX (Vasco Vascotto ITA), advanced on the 2nd place with the day ranks 1 and 2. Tim Healy USA finished 3rd.
All results. Searching thru the ranking lists, a number of well known US athletes can be detected as e.g. the 470 Olympic campaigners McNay/Hughes, Paul Cayard , Terry Hutchinson, Stephanie Roble and others, and commented during the week in several video interviews.
 
News – Friday, January 23, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015   (Image © Sam Greenfield)
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The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now sailing upwind in refreshening winds on the home stretch across the South Chinese Sea direction Sanya CHN. 750 miles are left for the leader and the expected time of arrival at the finish is next Monday. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA has lost some of her advantage after a minor equipment failure, but is still 50 miles ahead of the closely sailing pursuer quartet. 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) as last of the fleet is now 148 miles back.
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Friday, January 23, 2015   
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Although sailing in two different wind systems, both 'Cheminées Poujoulat' with Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA and 'Neutrogena' (Guillermo Altadill ESP/Jose Munoz CHI) enjoyed good sailing conditions, and the 3rd-ranked Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP are now over 500 miles back (more than 24 hours). Stamm/Le Cam were 89 miles ahead this morning, and this difference will most probably stay until the passage of Cape of Good Hope.
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Friday, January 23, 2015   (Image © Photoboat)
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Fresh winds around 17 kn prevailed yesterday in the Keys and three races were completed.
In the Melges 24, Conor Clarke IRL remains a class of his own, winning 6 of the 8 races so far. With the discsrd coming into effect, Carlo Alberini ITA (tactics Branko Brcin SLO) moved on top of the J/70, 3 points ahead of Tim Healy USA. Thanks to 2 race wins yesterday, Julian Neckelmann MEX (tactics Vasco Vascotto ITA) advanced on the 3rd place. In the GC32-catamarans, sailing top speeds of almost 30 kn yesterday, there is a close-up on rank 1 with Eril Maris FRA, Jason Carroll USA and Flavio Marazzi SUI at equal points.
All ranking lists - 13 classes in total are competing - and the report of the day.
 
News – Thursday, January 22, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Until the past night, Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA enjoyed very favorable conditions on their direct course to the Cape, but now, another high pressure cell is ahead, redirecting them south-wards. They expect to reach the westerly breeze during the day for the 4-week-fast-ride to the Cape. Guillermo Altadill ESP/Jose Munoz CHI have already reached the Roaring Forties, accelerating to speeds of almost 20 kn. They reduced the backlog on the leaders meanwhile on 144 miles, and will get even closer in the next hours.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015   (Image © Photoboat)
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After a long waiting, a light breeze filled in allowing to complete at least one race yesterday. Jud Smith USA and his team defended their lead in the J/70 and Conor Clarke IRL, winning the race, even extended his first place in the Melges 24. The GC32-catamaran fleet is controlled by the newcomer Jason Carroll USA.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Thursday, January 22, 2015   
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No significant position changes happened during the two days' passage of the Malacca Strait. The Chinese 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA has now reached the South China Sea, and the pursuing quartet still closely together, led by 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), follows 60 miles behind. 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) is 148 miles back still in the Malacca Strait.
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News – Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015   
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The Malacca Strait is as expected full of unusual situations. In total calm zones and a 1 kn counter current, the yachts were even forced to cast anchors several times. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) still leading the fleet has now again some wind and has been able to increase the advance on the quartet following now 82 miles behind. 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP), 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) are sailing within 2 miles close to the Malaysian coast, searching for wind. In addition to the difficult wind situation, the flotsam niggles the teams and the daggerboards have to be freed from plastic and other floating objects continuously.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
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Up to now, the strategy of Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA on the South Atlanic seems to fit. They were the first to turn East sailing in a good breeze on the direct way to the Cape of Good Hope. Their advance on the second-ranked 'Neutrogena' (Altadill ESP/Munoz CHI) is now 161 miles. Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP on rank 3 are sailing in the same weather system as the leader, but 290 miles behind 'Cheminées Poujoulat'. The rest of the fleet is still fighting with the low-wind St-Helena anticyclone. The fourth-ranked Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA are already 827 miles behind.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015   (Image © John Payne)
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From Friday to Sunday, the Finns and Lasers sailed a tune-up regatta in view of the forthcoming ISAF World Cup event in Miami as well. With the new World Cup format and entry quotas, these regattas act also as qualifiers. A moderate seabreeze freshening up to 15 kn during the afternoon prevailed.
Yvan Kljakovic-Gaspic CRO won 5 of the 8 races in the Finns and had the upper hand on Caleb Paine USA and Piotr Kula POL. The victory in the Lasers Radial went to Paige Railey USA ahead of Nic Baird USA, son of the ex-Alinghi helmsman Ed Baird USA, William Marshall USA finished 3rd. Clear winner in the Lasers Standard was Herrmann Tomasgaard NOR ahead of Juan Maegli GUA and Kristian Ruth NOR. 53 participants fm 14 nations.
The results und the reports.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015   (Image © Tim Wilkes)
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In spite of light and very shifty winds, the RC succeeded to complete two races on each of the three rounds.
New leader in the J/70 is Jud Smith USA and his team. Bennett Greenwald USA (with the Starboat past-World Champion Eric Doyle USA as tactician) follows only one point behind on rank 2. Trey Shehan USA advanced on rank 3. In the Melges 24, Conor Clarke IRL stays on top. The 32-catamarans could hardly foil as the wind war not strong enough. Jason Carroll USA defended his lead with the race ranks 1 and 2. Erik Maris FRA replaced Flavio Marazzi SUI on rank 2 overall.
All ranking lists and the report of the day.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015   
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The organisers of the Extreme Sailing Series presented yesterday the regatta program 2015 at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. New among the venues will be Hamburg GER. The participants' roster has also major changes as the two Swiss teams 'Alinghi' and 'Realstone', finishing on the position 1 and 3 in 2014, will no longer be part of the fleet. New are teams from Turkey with Edhem Dirvana TUR and Italy with Lorenzo Bressani ITA.
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