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News – Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The general weather situation over Europe and especially the Mediterranean Sea had also its influence over the Baleares, and the opening day in Palma de Mallorca was difficult for the 800 participants at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia ! The northwesterly breeze streams across the Bay of Palma, distracted by the mountain chain on the west side, and winds from 0 to 30 kn with shifts of up to 180° were the consequence. Not all classes could therefore sail the planned program. Many races had to be abandoned, some were finished inspite of the irregular conditions.
The 470 women sailed two races, but only 10 teams finished the second heat before the wind died completely. Nevertheless, the top teams Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL, Olympic Champions, and Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA, as well as Afroditi Kyranakou/Anneloes Van Veen NED are on the top three ranks.
The 470 men sailed only one race with Guilbaud/Guillarme FRA and Pirouelle/Sipan FRA winning in their groups. Molund/Östling SWE and Lindgren/Lindgren FIN finished 2nd each.
The favorites in the 49ers, Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, controlled the fleet winning both races ahead of Heil/Plössel GER 2nd and tied on rank 3 Frei/Rocherieux FRA and Schmidt/Böhme GER.
Two wins also for Tamara Echegoyen/Berta Betanzos ESP in the 49ersFX, followed by Maiken Foght/Anne-Juli Foght DEN and Jena-Mai Hansen/Katja Salskov DEN.
At least on the first day, Jonathan Lobert FRA succeeded to remain ahead of the outstanding Giles Scott GBR in the Finns. On the positions 3 and 4 follow Tapio Nirkko FIN and Thomas Le Breton FRA.
Enrique Figueroa/Francesca Valdes PUR are on top of the Nacra 17 in front of Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA 2nd and Gemma Jones/Jason Saunders NZL 3rd.
On race only also in the RS:X windsurfers with Julien Bontemps FRA and Samuel Sills GBR winning in their RS:X male groups, while Mayaan Davidovich ISR and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL finihsed 1st in their RS:X female groups.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Gusty and very shifty winds prevailed for the Lasers and all other classes as well, making sailing very challenging. The big Laser Standard fleet, split in three groups, could only sail one race with the favorite Tom Burton AUS, the English newcomer Lorenzo Chiavarini GBR and Jesper Stalheim SWE as winners of their groups. Nicolas Heiner NED, Matthew Wearn AUS and Alex Mills GBR are the 2nd-ranked of each group.
The Lasers Radial sailed two races, and Tatiana Droszdovskaja BLR took the lead with the day ranks 1 and 2, followed by Alison Young GBR as 2nd, and with the same number of points Annalise Murphy IRL and Gintare Scheidt-Volungeviciute LTU on 3rd.
All ranking lists, the daily report and the videos.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The Swiss had a rather difficult day in the very special weather conditions of day one at the Trofeo Princesa Sofia, with one important exception: Matias Buhler/Nathalie Brugger SUI had an impressive comeback finishing on rank 1 of the Nacra-17 in their first race after the recovery of Nathalie. After 2 races, they are on rank 8 overall. The development team David Biedermann/Max Haenssler SUI finished 23rd of their group and are the best 470 men Swiss on rank 45 overall, even ahead of the experienced Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser SUI, who flopped in the only race of the day. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI had a remarkable first 470 women race finishing as 12th, but in the second race they stalled at the last mark in the dying wind and did not finish the race in time, together with the majority of teams. As 37th overall, they have to deliver good results today to qualify for the Goldfleet, i.e. at least rank 31. On rank 36 among 70 participants, Sébastien Schneiter/Lucien Cujean SUI had a remarkable first day in the 49ers, as did Guillaume Girod SUI on rank 20 of his group in the only Laser Standard race of the day. The 58th place overall brings him near the Goldfleet (top 53) before the last Qualification races. The two Swiss development team Lasers are 141st (Nils Theuninck SUI) and disqualified as premature starter (Cyrill Knecht SUI). Not yet up to speed in fresh winds is Maud Jayet SUI in the Lasers Radial. As 61st, she is in the middle of the ranking list. Only two of the three RS:X windsurfer groups could finish a race. Elia Colombo SUI finishe on the good 8th place in his group, while Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI did not yet compete.
All ranking lists and the official report.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015   
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The leading quartet rounded Cape Horn yesterday evening in a fresh breeze with 'Alvimdeica' of Charlie Enright USA as first, 0,4 miles ahead of 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), 17 miles of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 20 miles of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED). After her dismasting, 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is on the way to Ushuaia in Argentina's South. The mast broke just above the third speader after a hard hit. Here the video. The all-female 'SCA' team sailing without jib has no chance to keep the pace of the other boats and is now already 560 miles back.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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During the past night, Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Muñoz CHI crossed the finish line in Barcelona as 2nd after 89 days underway around the World, interrupted only byj a short repair stop in New Zealand. For Altadill, it was the 7th circumnavigation, for Muñoz, the 2nd. Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP on 3rd are now only 253 milles before the finish, i.e. somewhat more as a day.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015   
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The 5o5 World Championship in Port Elizabeth continued yesterday with two races sailed in a 20 kn plus breeze. Finishish 5th and 3rd, Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA confirmed their first position, while the best of the day, Ian Pinnell GBR/Jens Tellen GER advanced on rank 2 ahead of Quirk/Payne AUS and Higgins/Marsh AUS as 3rd at equal points.
The ranking list, the video of the day and the event website.
 
News – Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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240 miles from Cape Horn in a 30 kn breeze, the overall leader 'Donfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) dismasted early this morning. This means game over for the leg to Brazil, and the Chinese team is now heading for Ushuaia on the most southern point of Argentina under jury rig, hoping to be ready for the start to the 7th leg at Itajai BRA.
The news.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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Although the Trofeo Princesa Sofia is no longer part of the ISAF Worldcup, the record number of 800 athletes from 64 nations will be competing. The wind forecast for today announces a fresh westerly breeze, but for the rest of the week, the conditions will be sunny with rather light winds.
The US Sailing Team website, the official preview and the entry lists.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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The closely packed five-boats leader group is still sailing in a fresh breeze, approaching Cape Horn to be rounded this evening. 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) lead this monring 8 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR), sailing side by side. 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) followed one mile behind. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was 24 miles back. Dramatically lost has the all-female 'SCA' team doubling the backlog during the past 24 hours on now 475 miles. They broke their FR0 jib 3 days ago, deemed unrepairable at this stage. Sailing under the J1, a lot less powerful combination, means 3 to 4 kn less boat speed compared to the rest of the fleet. The report.
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Monday, March 30, 2015   
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The South wind persitsted on the last day of the Lake Lugano Laser Europacup 2015 and two more races were completed on Sunday in a moderate 8 kn breeze.
In the Lasers 4.7, Guillaume Rol SUI was defeated overall by Daniil Krutskikh RUS because of a failed last race. Peter Borovkov RUS finished 3rd. Kate Bereza RUS on rank 4 was the best girl among the 31 participants. A leader change happened also in the Lasers Radial, where Alexis Mégévand SUI climbed on rank 1 thanks to the day ranks 2 and 3, but Julia Kühn GER remained only one point behind. Nicolas Bouchet MON defended the 3rd place also just one point in front of Damian Suri SUI 4th. Swiss victory also in the Lasers Standard with Robert Ronnback SUI, with Marco Guzzetti ITA and Guillaume Boisard FRA completing the podium.
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Monday, March 30, 2015   
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Lighter winds as on the opening day of the 5o5 World Championship prevailed yesterday in Port Elizabeth RSA, and another race was completed. Michael Quirk/Luke Payne AUS were the winners reducing the gap on the leading Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA to one point. Higgins/Marsh AUS are 3rd overall, the best Europeans are Pindell GBR/Tellen GER as 4th.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Monday, March 30, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI with their 'Neutrogena' will arrive in Barcelona today, 6 days after the winners Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA. 250 miles farther back are now Anna Corbella/Gerard Marin ESP also saiing on the Mediterranean, with the ETA Wednesday.
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Monday, March 30, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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The 20 kn breeze and the big swell persisted yesterday off Malta and the first Act of the RC44 Championship Tour 2015 was concluded with another three races. The leading 'Katusha' did not race, having retired due to a discrepancy with their crew classification. Nico Poons and his 'Charisma' team (tactician Ray Davies NZL) put in another consistent day to win the RC44 Valletta Cup comfortably, Poon's first victory since joining the Tour in 2014.
The report and the ranking list.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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'Bunker Queen' Team sailing under UAE flag, steered by Markus Wieser GER, won the last two races at the San Remo Dragon Cup moving on top of the rankings ahead of Anatoly Loginov RUS 2nd and Hendrik Witzmann GER 3rd.
The results and a short report by the winning FRITZ-Sail.
Monday, March 30, 2015   
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18 teams from 10 nations participated in the first Round of the Melger 24 European Sailing Series at Portoroz SLO over the past weekend. Clear winner was Ricardo Simoneschi ITA winning four of the eight races. The teams of Peder Jahre NOR and Franz Urlesberger AUT completed the podium. Non of the strong Swiss and German teams participated.
The results and the report.
 
News – Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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Best conditions with a 10-12 kn South wind prevailed yesterday and the Europacup 2015 season was opened with the full program, i.e. three races by class. The boats on top are within small point ranges. Guillaume Rol SUI leads in the Lasers 4.7 one point ahead of the local Giona Renggli SUI. Edoardo Libri ITA follows closely behind on rank 3 among the 31 participants from 4 nations. The Lasers Radial are the largest fleet with 37 boats. Julia Kühn GER and Paolo Mavricic CRO share the first place at equal points. Alexis Mégévand SUI as 3rd follows 3 points behind. In the Lasers Standard, the leader is Marco Guzzetti ITA in front of Guillaume Boisard FRA and Robert Ronnback SUI. 30 sailors from 6 nations participate.
All results and the event website.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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The fleet is chasing in westerly winds around 20 kn direction Cape Horn, that they will pass by tomorrow Monday already. The ranks 1-5 are still separated by 13 miles only, and 'Mapfre' and 'Alvimedica' crossed within two boat lengths on the faraway South Pacific. The video ! The all-female 'SCA' team seems to still have problems, as in similar wind speeds, they are 5 miles slower, and the backlog has increase to 222 miles. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) was in the lead this morning 0,4 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA).
The race viewer and the event website with the reports and more videos.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © Michael Petrikov)
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No wind on the last day of the inaugural event of the Kite-Foil Gold Cup. After 10 races, the first three pilots were separated by one point only. Nicolas Parlier MON is first at equal points with Maxime Nocher FRA, while Johnny Heineken USA remains on 3rd one point back. 44 kiters from 17 nations participated.
Many new developments of the young kite-foil technology could be noticed at the first event of the Northern Hemisphere season. The Foil-Kiters reach now twice the wind speed in an 8 kn breeze already !
The results and the event facebook page.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI had 200 miles left to the finish in Barcelona this morning. Due to the still very light wind, they will not arrive before tomorrow Monday.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © Christophe Favreau)
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The 5o5 World Championship 2015 began yesterday in Port Elizabeth RSA with two races sailed in a fresh breeze, both won by the defending World Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA. Michael Quirk/Luke Payne AUS are on the 2nd place with a 5 points' backlog.
The report with video interviews.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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The 200 miles Solo Bénéteau Figaro Regatta ended yesterday evening off Granville FRA with a close finish. Separated by a few boat lengths, the winner was Yann Eliès FRA in front of Charlie Dalin FRA, Thierry Chabagny FRA followed 14 minutes later on rank 3. Isabelle Joschke GER on position 8 remained the first woman.
The results and the event website.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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Only during the afternoon, the wind off La Valetta MLT was dropping below the RC44 limit of 25 kn, allowing to complete at least one race full of action. 'Charisma' of Nico Poons NED with Morgan Reeser USA as tactician was the winner, reducing the gap on the leading 'Katusha' (Alexeev RUS/Horton USA) on 5 points. The crucial races will be sailed today, final day of the event.
The results and the daily report.
Sunday, March 29, 2015   
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Three races were sailed yesterday at the Dragon Cup in San Remo ITA, and Anatoly Loginov RUS remains on top ahead of Markus Wieser UAE 2nd and new on rank 3 Hendrik Witzmann UAE with their teams.
The results and the event website.
 
News – Saturday, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The fleet is progressing well in a 20 kn westerly breeze, still sailing in a tight pack practically within sight: The leading 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) is 3 miles in front of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), and the last of this group on the 5th place, 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP), is only 6 miles behind the leading Chinese. Only the all-female team 'SCA' (Samantha Davies GBR) on an extreme northern route is clearly behind with a 96 miles backlog.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The second-ranked Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI with their 'Neutrogena' have passed the Gibraltar Strait during the past night and are now sailing on the Mediterranean Sea. However, the conditions are very light, and 'GAES' on the 3rd place will be able to reduce the 430 miles' backlog somewhat. But the rankings are not in danger as 'Neutrogena' is only 400 miles away from the finish line in Barcelona. Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA will finally cross the Equator this morning with 3000 miles left to the finish.
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Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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Day 4 was the windiest day so far at this event, and some more final series races were completed at Ventana MEX. Maxime Nocher FRA, starting under Monaco flag, leads after 8 final races with a 3 points' lead on Johnny Heineken USA. Nicolas Parlier FRA descended on the 3rd position.
The results and the event facebook page.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The announced North wind filled in over the southern part of Switzerland , but as feared with too much velocity. The 30 kn plus breeze did not allow to start the first races of the Laser Europacup Regatta on Lake Lugano. 96 participants in the three Laser Classes are on the entry list. The forecast for today has announced a sailable North wind. The event website.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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esterday afternoon, the 24 solo skipper started to their first 2015 season race, leading over 200 miles on the English Channel in light winds. During the past night however, the breeze from the West increased to 20 kn, and the fleet still closely together is just rounding the Isle of Jersey. A long reaching leg to St-Malo and back to the finish at Granville is next. Thierry Chabagny FRA leads 0,2 miles ahead of Paul Meilhat FRA, and another 0,2 miles back follows Yann Eliès FRA. The best of the three women partcipating is Isabelle Joschke GER on the 9th place with a 0,7 miles backlog. The Race-Viewer and the report about the start.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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With gale force winds forecast from lunchtime on, Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio got racing underway two hours ahead of schedule, at 0930, before finally pulling the plug at midday after two races had been held. Over this period the conditions were 'changeable', starting in around 10-12 knots, but with a sizeable swell left over from yesterday, oddly running with the boats on the upwind legs. For race two the wind was building, typically in the high-teens with the wind-driven waves picking up, confusing the sea state.
The day's stand out performer was 'Katusha' with Vadim Alexeev RUS and Andy Horton USA calling tactics winning both heats. Finishing 2nd and 3rd, 'Charisma' with Nico Poons NED and Morgan Reeser USA as tactician had also a good day, advancing on rank 2 overall. On rank 3 follows 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS and Dean Barker NZL.
The ranking list, the daily report and the videos.
Saturday, March 28, 2015   
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The well-attended San Remo Dragon Cup began yesterday, and the favorites are already on the top places in the interim's rankings. Anatoly Loginov RUS and his team lead 4 points ahead of Markus Wieser GER on the UKR 'Bunker Queen' now starting under UAE flag.
The ranking list and the event website.
 
News – Friday, March 27, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © SCA)
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The fleet is sailing closely together along the ice limits South of the 50° parallel in a decreasing wind around 20 kn with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA in the lead 2 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica', 7 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' and 10 miles ahead of 'Brunel'. The last-ranked 'SCA' has reduced the backlog to 57 miles.
The race viewer and the event website with reports and videos.
Friday, March 27, 2015   
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The 5o5 South African Nationals ended yesterday with a second race, sailed in fresh breeze exceeding 20 kn. It was now up to other nations to run the show after the Aussie festival in the first race, especially the defending World Champions Mike Holt/Carl Smit USA coming back strongly with a clear race win. They also are on top overall ahead of the international team Ian Pinnell GBR/Jens Tellen GBR at equal points. The report with the final rankings.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Gilles Martin-Raget)
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Two days after Bernard Stamm SUI/Jean Le Cam FRA arriving victoriously in Barcelona, the runner-up Guillermo Altadill ESP/José Munoz CHI will reach the Mediterranean Sea today, and - considering the light winds - another four days will be needed to reach the Catalan metropole. Milestone today also for Jörg Riechers GER/Sébastien Audigane FRA passing the Equator as 6th, and still fighting with the serious handicap of a damaged rudder system.
The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © fotozambra)
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The Laser Europacup, annual regatta series with one event in most European countries, will be kicked-off today in Lugano SUI. During the past years, this competition has proofed to be the most important feeder series for youth sailors to prepare for the Olympic Laser circuit. Here the final rankings 2014.
Sunny weather with a tendency for North wind have been forecast for the weekend: perfect sailing if the breeze does not fill in too strongly ! The event website.
Friday, March 27, 2015   
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The Solo Basse Normandie is the first annual event of the French One-design Bénéteau Figaro class, a race of 200 miles overall along the Normandy Coast to Cherbourg and back. 24 participants are on the entry list, among them the Vendée Globe experienced Yann Eliès FRA and Alain Gautier FRA (winner 92/93). Three women - Claire Pruvot FRA, Sophie Faquet FRA and Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA are among the participants. The event website.
Friday, March 27, 2015   (Image © Martinez Studios)
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The 2015 RC44 Championship Tour started on Malta last Wednesday as in previous years with the matchracing day. Four different teams finished on top with four wins each. Here the results, the report and the video.
Yesterday, the regatta continued with fleetracing in very varying conditions and a breeze of up to 20 kn in during the second of the three races, not to forget the big swell. 'Ceeref' of Igor Lah SLO with Adrian Stead GBR as tactician won two races and leads overall ahead of the tied 'Katushaa' of Vadim Alexeev RUS with Andrew Horton USA as tactician. 'Nika' with - for the first time 'on his own' after the long years at 'Team NZL' - Dean Barker NZL calling tactics, finished first in the third race, putting them on 4th overall.
The results and the daily report.
 
 
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