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News – Saturday, May 23, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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The Round Robin continued yesterday with four flights again in light and shifty winds. Eric Monnin SUI and his team stayed on top of the results table with a 7 to 1 score. The only defeat was against Tomislav Basic CRO who joined Monnin with 7-1 as well. The remaining contenders for a Quarter Final slot are closely together on the positions 3 to 9, promising interesting matches today.
The results and the report.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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The winds over the North Atlantic remain unusually moderate, and the fleet sails closely together on its way eastwards. The new leader is 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) 3,8 miles ahead of 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) and 4 miles on 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP). The all-women 'SCA' team of Samantha Davies GBR can not quite follow the drag race and is this morning 18 miles back on rank 6.
The race viewer and the event website.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   (Image © Mauro Melandri)
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The Lake Garda wind machine was on strike yesterday and the 46 teams waited in vain for the breeze. The start to the 3rd Act of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series has therefore been delayed.
The report.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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The Dutch Act of the Laser Europacup 2015 on the Ijsselmeer began yesterday in apparently good conditions with three races.
Tobias Schadewaldt GER dominated the Lasers Standard with the day ranks 1/2/1 and clearly leads ahead of Ha Jeemin KOR and Aleksander Arian POL. 27 participants from 14 nations (including Brunei, Oman, Seychelles, Egypt, Hongkong, Korea).
Jon Emmett GBR was the only one with all one-digit ranks in the Lasers Radial, and he leads solidly in front of Sofiia Larycheva UKR and Jacob Oren ISR. 66 participants from 13 nations.
Leader in the Lasers 4.7 is Rory Fekkes IRL with two race wins followed by the tied Douwe Velds NED and the best girl Jarian Brandes PER. 50 participants from 7 nations.
The event website with all ranking lists.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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The well-established 15 kn seabreeze off the Valencia coast allowed again to complete two races at the first TP52 Super Series event 2015. After loosing the first place two days ago, 'Ran' of Niklas Zennström SWE with Morgan Larson USA as tactician came strongly back with the day ranks 1 and 4 overtaking 'Alegre' (Andy Soriano GBR/John Kostecki USA), who had their bad day finishing 8 and 9 only. Best of the day was 'Sled' of Takashi Okura USA (with the two Starboat past-World Champions Ross McDonald CAN and Hamish Pepper NZL) on the ranks 1 and 3.
The report of the day, the results and the video of the day.
Saturday, May 23, 2015   
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After the long-distance race of day one sailed in rain and a light wind - see the report - the European Championship continued with two round-the-buoy short races yesterday. H. Van Eijk NED on a Smile, Sukru Sanus TUR on a Farr25OD and Vasily Alexejev RUS on a O-800 were again the ones on the top places.
The ranking list.
 
News – Friday, May 22, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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The fleet is now again sailing closely together in a slackening breeze, all six having opted for the Northern route following the ice limit to bypass the Azores Anticyclone ahead. Having left the gulfstream, the temperatures did drop substantially, and the upcoming breeze of up to 20 kn will make it even more inconventient.
'Abu Dhabi' lead 0,3 miles ahead of 'Brunel' and 'Mapfre', and as last of the fleet, the all-female 'SCA' team is not far behind with an 8 miles' deficit.
The race viewer and the event website.
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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Day 1 of Qualifying was met with a slow start today on the shores of Lake Constance for the opening day of Match Race Germany, the second World Championship stage of the 2015/16 World Match Racing Tour. After a patient wait during the morning, a light 2 to 6 kn South Westerly filled in across the lake allowing the first four of twenty two Qualifying Flights to be completed.
Fresh off the plane from Long Beach, California after competing in the Congressional Cup last week, Eric Monnin (SUI), known for his skills in light air conditions, led the charge with a confident 3-0 scoreline. Tomislav Brasic CRO nd Dejan Presen CRO follow behind with 2-1 each. Undefeated after just one match are the co-favorites Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Reuben Corbett NZL.
The results and the report of the day.
Friday, May 22, 2015   (Image © Max Ranchi)
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An intensive day with three races for the TP52s in Valencia yesterday ! The fleet proved to be quite balanced in the moderate seabreeze. As best of the day with the ranks 2/9/2, it was 'Allegre' of Andy Soriano GBR with John Kostecki USA calling tactics who took the overall lead. 'Ran' of Niklas Zennström SWE with Morgan Larson USA had a bad day dropping on rank 2 with a 6 points' backlog. Thanks to a race win, Takashi Okura USA (with Ross McDonald CAN and Hamish Pepper NZL) advanced on rank 4 and with three races to go is now also a serious contender for a medal.
The report of the day, the ranking list and the videos.
Friday, May 22, 2015   (Image © Elena Giolai)
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The 3rd Act of the Melges 24 European Sailing Series begins today on Lake Garda with 46 participants from 14 nations. Germany and Autria are represented by 6 teams each, Switzerland has 4 teams starting.
The official preview and the event website.
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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The ORC Sportboat European Championship 2015 began yesterday on the Hungarian Lake Balaton with a 27-miles-longdistance-race. The two 'Smile' yachts of H. Van Eijk NED and Martin Baas NED were responsible for a Dutch 1 and 2 result. 27 teams from 8 nations.
The ranking list and the event website.
Friday, May 22, 2015   
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The ORC Sportboat European Championship 2015 began yesterday on the Hungarian Lake Balaton with a 27-miles-longdistance-race. The two 'Smile' yachts of H. Van Eijk NED and Martin Baas NED were responsible for a Dutch 1 and 2 result. Michael Tobler SUI with his Saphire 27 is on the remarkable 6th position among the 27 teams from 8 nations.
The ranking list and the event website.
 
News – Thursday, May 21, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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Approaching the low pressure vortex after several days on a tight reach, the wind now turned 180°, and the teams advance reasonably well in rear winds inspite of the very light conditions. The fleet has been somewhat stretched with the most southern 'Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED) leading ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Abu Dhabi' (Ian Walker GBR) 7 and 8 miles behind. 'SCA' with Samantha Davies GBR is now again last 20 miles behind the leader.
The race viewer and the event website.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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Races 3 and 4 were sailed in a well-established 14 kn seabreeze yesterday. As on day one, it was 'Ran' with Niklas Zennström SWE (with Morgan Larson USA) controlling the race and finishing twice as 2nd. 'Allegre' with Andre Soriano GBR (with John Kostecki USA) is 3 points behind. 'Bronenosec' with Vladimir Liubomirov RUS (with Michele Ivaldi ITA) advanced on rank 3 thanks to a race win. Not yet up-to-speed are the dominators of last year 'Quantum' and 'Azzurra'. They are still in a tune-up phase with their new designs.
The report with rankings and the videos.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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Today begins the second Round of the World Match Racing Tour on Lake Constance, the Match Race Germany Langenargen GER. Winner of the first Tour event in California a week ago was Taylor Canfield ISV. Only three teams made the quick dislocation to Europe with the top-ranked Eric Monnin SUI, always with good results in previous editions of this event. His first challengers are Joachim Aschenbrenner DEN and Reuben Corbett NZL, both in the Quarterfinals at the Congressional-Cup contrary to Eric Monnin SUI out after the Round Robin. Representing the host nation Germany are Timo Ellegast GER and Felix Schrimper GER, age 18, with a developent team coached by Tim Kröger GER.
The official preview.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   (Image © Guilain Grenier)
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Bernard Stamm SUI will participate in the 2015 Tour de France on a Diam24 trimaran, supported by his long-time sponsor 'Cheminées Poujoulat', ... an entirely new experience for the successful oceanic skipper. He very much looks forward to this new world knowing that he has much to learn in this new buoy-racing environment.
However, the sponsor will not be engaged in the forthcoming Vendée Globe (2016). Most probably, it is too late for Stamm to look for an alternative 18 months before the start.
The report.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   (Image © Thierry Martinez)
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Foiling Moth flying is more and more popular also in Japan, and over the last weekend, the Japanese National Championship took place with 22 boats participating. The internationally most successful Japanese helmsman Hiroki Goto JPN dominated the fleet and was the clear winner. The sailing conditions were excellent as the well edited video reveals.
The ranking list.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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As mentioned between the lines at the presentation of the Japanese America's Cup Challenge three weeks ago, Dean Barker NZL will be the skipper and CEO of the newly launched team. Barker has a 15 years America's-Cup experience on his CV, including a right-from-the-start involvement in the development of foiler catamarans.
The report.
Thursday, May 21, 2015   
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After 'Spindrift' of Dona Bertarelli SUI and 'Alinghi' of Ernesto Bertarelli SUI, it is Oman Sail joining the GC 32 Racing Tour. 'Sultanate of Oman' will start in Austria next week for the inaugural event of the 2015 Tour with Leigh McMillan, Oman Sail's champion skipper with two X-40 Extreme Sailing Series titles under his belt. He will be joined by 'The Wave, Muscat' teammates Nasser Al Mashari from Oman and Britain's Peter Greenhalgh.
The report.
 
News – Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015   
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The fleet is now sailing within a 4 miles' area in a slackening wind with 'Brunel' leading half a mile ahead of 'Abu Dhabi'. The wind will probably decrease even more during the day.
The race viewer and the event website.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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The TP52 2015 Super Series began yesterday in Valencia ESP with two races sailed in moderate conditions. Finishing on 1 and 2, Niklas Zennström SWE (tactics Mprgan Larson USA) was the convincing winner with his new 'Ran', but only one point behind was 'Alegre' of Andre Soriano GBR (John Kostecki USA) participating in the Series for the first time. On 3rd is anonther newcomer to the class, Imre Ergin TUR (Tony Rey USA). Harm Müller-Spreer GER on his 'Platoon' (Markus Wieser GER) is 4th among the 12 participants.
The report with results and the video of the day.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015   
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Over the past weekend, the One-Design-Cup took place at Immenstadt/Lake Constance GER, at the same time Act 2 of the Platu 25 Alpine Cup. Eight races in total were sailed in difficult shifty light-wind conditions on Saturday, and a good westerly breeze on Sunday.
In the Platus 25, the winner was the Lucerne Superbüsi Team of Matias Bermejo SUI, thanks to a dominating Sunday. The teams of Tom Studer SUI and Felix Dorn GER completed the podium. Here the Platu results.
In the X-99, the winner was Oliver Hund GER and his team. The best Swiss were the team of Lothar Geisser SUI on the 4th place. On the first position of the Aphrodites 101 was Klaus-Peter Stengele GER.
The official report with all ranking lists.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015   
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Flying on a foiling boat, large as an America's Cupper or tiny like Moth, is the dream of many yachtsmen. Why not have a try on a Moth International at the Geneva Foiling School ? More classes compared to the last year are on the 2015 program. Hurry up to secure a place in the first course, beginning Tuesday, May 26 !
Find all details on the school website and don't forget to return your Foiling School enrolement (PDF).
Wednesday, May 20, 2015   
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The Kornati Cup, with 100 teams the largest offshore regatta of Austria, is a coastal race thru the Cornati archipelago from Murter CRO to Biograd CRO and in a second leg back to Murter CRO.
In the Open Class with spinnakers, Luka Sangulin CRO on an X-41 was the winner. First Open without spinnakers were Florian Raudaschl AUT and Franz Schillinger AUT on Oceanis 45. On top of the Bavaria 45 was Peter Steinkogler AUT. The fastest catamaran was steered by John Curry AUS on a Lagoon 400. The race organiser Klaus Pitter AUT was the winner in the one-design Bavaria 40..
All ranking lists and the reports.
 
News – Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015   
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The fleet has been sailing East in a moderate breeze on a long upwind leg for 40 hours and is still closely together. During the day, the wind will increase to 20 kn and more.
'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR was leading this morning UTC 0,4 miles ahead of 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). The last yacht 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) is only 6 miles behind. The passage of the low pressure vortex ahead opens the first strategic alternatives and the race is about to begin !
The race viewer and the event website.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015   (Image © photosailing.nl)
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In our final report yesterday, we came to the conclusion, that the Optimists did not sail on Sunday. But they did ! Only the results had not been updated on the event website. Sorry for the misinformation !
Three races were sailed in a well-established breeze, and the sequence of the podium places changed. Annabelle Westerhof NED remains on top 6 points ahead of Valentin Müller GER who replaced Laila-Louise Van der Meer NED, now 3rd, on the Silver medal position on the last day.
The final results of the Goldfleet and all other rankings.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015   
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Thanks to the assistance of a number of helpers, the raw construction of the new Mini 650 of Simon Kosters in Switzerland has been completed a few days ago. The final assembly and installation of equipment will be done in Lorient. End of Mai at the latest, the boat must be race-ready to qualify for the Mini-Transat.
The Bericht.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015   
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The Swiss 470 campaigners Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI continue their intensive regatta season in Puck/POL, where the international regatta started yesterday with three races on the cold Baltic Sea in a fresh breeze. For the best five - including the Swiss girls - a short prize-money show race was organised in the evening, and the Swiss team won taking a 1500 Zloty cheque ! Unfortunately, we could not detect an event website and all we have is the report of Linda and Maja.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015   
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The funeral service for Charles Favre, who left us sadly after a fatal accident on Lake Geneva last Thursday, will take place tomorrow Wednesday in Lausanne, St-Rédempteur Church, at 14.30 hrs.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015   (Image © MartinezStudios)
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The activity of the TP52-Super Racers was somewhat decreasing during the last years, but in this season, a revitalising is underway with 8 new constructions and new teams participating in the annual circuit. Today, the first event in Valenciawill kick-off the season, and as in previous years, many elite professionals are on the different boats.
A preview.
 
 
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