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News – Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   
Tomorrow, the inaugural ISAF Olympic Classes World Cup Final 2014 will begin in Abu Dhabi with the best-ranked sailors per event invited. Not only the honors to become World Cup Winner is at stake but also a share of the 200'000 US$ prize money to be distributed among the teams finishing on the podiums. Max 20 participants per class are on the entry lists, but not all have filled the assigned quota. In addition, a Kiteboarding Event is on the program, certainly also as promotion for th 2020 Olympics. Here the entry lists.
The event website and the presentation video.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Yann Riou/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race)
The weather situation South of Madagascar remains dynamic, as the flat high pressure system has slightly moved East, opening a ridge with a 12-18 kn wind. For how long, this is the question ? The fleet is now again closer together concentrated on this passage with 'Abu Dhabi' of Ian Walker GBR again in the lead. 'Mapfre' with Iker Martinez ESP is sailing only one mile behind at sight. On the last place in the fleet is 'SCA' of Sam Davis GBR with a 37 miles' backlog.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran/Team SCA/Volvo Ocean Race)
The all-female 'Team SCA' has not been very lucky in the Volvo Ocean Race so far and are now again last in leg 2 to Abu Dhabi. The US-Sailing-Website ‚Sailinganarchy' has published a 17 minutes' interview with Dee Caffari GBR live from aboard, also investigating on the reasons for the unsatisfactory rankings. This video clip gives also an impression on the hard physical work on these large yachts.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   
After the Swiss Sailing Annual Meeting 2014 of last Saturday, the Swiss Sailors of the Year have been proclaimed, a festival for the two-times America's Cup holder Société Nautique of Geneva.
Winner in the men's category is Arnaud Psarofaghis SNG. The Moth European Champion 2011, Youth Americas Cup helmsman 2013 and multiple Swiss Champion in several classes had an excellent season 2014 as helmsman of 'Realstone' in the high-prestige X-40-Series, where he is a contender for the podium. In the women's category, Dona Bertarelli SNG, multiple Ocean world-record-holder with her Maxi-Trimaran 'Spindrift' has been elected. The Laser-4.7-World Champion Asya Luvisetto SNG is the Youth Sailor 2014 and Justine Mettraux SNG, 2nd in the Open Mini-Transat and now engaged on 'SCA' in the Volvo Ocean Race is the Offshore-Sailor of the Year. For the Optimist World Champion Nicolas Rolaz CNM, a special prize was handed over.
The report.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   (Image © Marco Oquendo)
Twenty-two teams from 6 nations competed in the Schoonmaker Cup, the first event of the five stage Star Winter Series in Miami, FL. Strong winds on day one led to several dismastings, abandoning further competition after two races with Jack Jennings/ Brian Sharp USA in the lead. Moderate winds and warm temperatures on day two allowed for three more races, where the consistency of Luke Lawrence/Josh Revkin USA earned them the victory. Brian Cramer/Matt Johnstone CAN and Arthur Anosov/David Caesar USA are completing the podium. See the complete results.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014   
According to an unofficial information, the much critizised submission of the Swiss Saiing Executive Committee to request a new additional fee license to obtain the eligibility to participte in regattas, with the purpose to increase the revenue of the federation, had been withdrawn before the Assembly. To collect money from members participating in regattas to compensate the lack of funds in administration and various expense accounts would have had no change to be accepted by the Club and Class delegates. A new submission shall be worked out … No official information or a summary record on the Assembly is available up to now on the Swiss Sailing website.
News – Monday, November 24, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014   
The yachts are approaching the Madagascar anticyclone in decreasing winds, still sailing closely together, but the calm patches ahead will soon stretch the fleet over a larger area. Practically at sight are 'Team Brunel' (Bouwe Bekking NED), as well as 3 miles back 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). Still last is the all-female Team 'SCA' (Samantha Davis GBR) but the gap has been reduced to 39 miles this morning.
The navigators rack their brains to find the best way across the high pressure system, that might be crucial for the race to Abu Dhabi.
The report and the race viewer.
Monday, November 24, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
No changes in the last three races on Sunday. 'Team Nika' of Vladimir Prosikhin RUS with Terry Hutchinson USA calling the tactics won clearly ahead of 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR (Cameron Appleton NZL), who is for the forth time in row first in the Fleetrace Annual Rankings. Behind at equal points followed 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS) on 3rd and 'Artemis' with Torbjörn Tornquist SWE (Ian Percy GBR) as 4th.
All results and the final report.
News – Sunday, November 23, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Avoiding the northern current now, all teams are heading North, where an unclear weather situation with a calm high pressure system is waiting. To find the fastest way northbound considering this anticyclone is the challenge for the navigators.
At present, 'Abu Dhabi' with Ian Walker GBR is in the lead 8 miles ahead of 'Mapfre' (Iker Martinez ESP) and another mile 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA).
The race viewer and the event website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The Slalom World Cup 2014 ended today on Noumea FRA in New Caledonia with the last Elimination with Ben Van der Steen BEL as final winner of this event. But the defending World Champion Antoine Albeau FRA remains on top of the overall Annual Rankings adding another World Champiion's title to his immense collection. Délphine Cousin FRA is the Numea winner as well as the World Champion in the female category.
All other details on the PWA website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Yesterday, Robin Knox-Johnson GBR finished the Route du Rhum as 3rd of the category 'Class Rhum'. The winner of the first nonstop-solo-round-the-world race, the 'Golden Globe' in 1969, withstood with his modified Open 60 the heavy storms in the beginning of the race and showed an excellent performance at the age of 75. 12 Class 40 and 10 Class Rhum yachts are still underway.
The race viewer, the report of the day and the event website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   
Lighter winds as predicted made the choice of the rig difficult. One of the few teams having opted for the smaller rig was 'Gotta love it 7' with Seve Jarvin AUS, who had a satisfying race until the last downwind leg to the finish, where the abating wind made the race again exciting. But the multiple Champion 'Gotta love it 7' remained of top. 'Thurlow, Fisher Lawyers' qnd 'Rag-Famish' occupy the ranks 2 and 3. The race can be reviewed in detail in a video clip. Theevent website.
Sunday, November 23, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
Favorable conditions with a seabreeze freshening to 14 kn during the races prevailed also on the 4th day of the Oman-Cup.
Finishing 4/3/1, 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (Terry Hutchinson USA) extended her lead before the last races planned for today on 9 points. Chris Bake GBR with his 'Team Aqua' (Taktics Cameron Appleton NZL) on rank 2 has a 4 points advantage on the 3rd 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS). Chances for a medal remain also with 'Artemis' of Torbjörn Tornquist SWE (Ian Percy GBR) 4 points off the podium right now.
The ranking list and the report of the day.
News – Saturday, November 22, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Corinna Halloran-SCA)
The rough conditions stayed on and especially the steep waves due to the strong current are stressing the teams. A calm zone South of Madagascar has delayed shifts on a northern course up to now, but after the long tack eastbound, the navigators will have to take the strategic decision today when to change direction.
'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA leads 7 miles ahead of 'Alvimedica' with Charlie Enright USA an. The all-female Team 'SCA' with Samantha Davis GBR as last are now 47 miles behind the leader. Together with 'Abu Dhabi' they are the most-southern team in the fleet.
The race viewer and the event website ... not very easy to read.
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
Another perfect day on Noumea in the South Sea with a 25 kn breeze allowing to sail the full program of the Slalom World Cup. The men's category has completed 8 Eliminations so far, the women's even 11.
Délphine Cousin FRA leads in the women's and the Tour victory and World Champion' title is practicall safe. The defending champion Antoine Albeau FRA had a strong comback yesterday with two wins, and in today's heats, he was always among the best. This brings him on top of the interims rankings replacing Cyrill Moussilmani FRA who has now 2 days left to correct the situation and grasp his first title.
In case you have a sleepless night in your time zone? You can follow the attractive competition every night live, starting at midnight on the PWA website.
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Pen Duick)
Yesterday, seven more Class 40 arrived on Guadeloupe and the next one expected will be the Pole Vault Olympic Champion Jean Galfione FRA on the 18th place. Finishing the race are also some participants of the Corinthian Class Rhum, three days after the winner of this category, Anne Caseneuve FRA. Andrea Mura ITA and 28 miles farther back Robin Knox-Johnson GBR, age 79 will finish on the positions 2 and 3.
The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Saturday, November 22, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
The Oman Cup of the RC44 Championship Tour continued yesterday with three races sailed in moderate conditions around 10 kn. Team of the day was 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR (Cameron Appleton NZL) advancing on rank 3 overall. 'Nika' with Vladimir Prosikhin RUS (Terry Hutchinson USA) stays on top of the general rankings followed by 'Charisma' with Nico Poons MON (Tom Slingsby AUS).
The reportof the day and the ranking list.
News – Friday, November 21, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014   
The strong 'Agulhas' current from the North along the African East Coast forces the fleet to a wide detour around the Cape of Good Hope. After some rough hours after the start, the conditions have now calmed down somewhat, but the 20 kn breeze and the current create still an agitated sea keeping the seven teams on an easterly course quite busy. Only during the day, they will leave the current zone and put about northwards direction the port of call Abu Dhabi.
This morning, the Turkish/American 'Alvimedica' (Charlie Enright USA) was still in the lead 5 miles ahead of the Chinese 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA). The all-female Team 'SCA' (Samantha Davis GBR) was last with a 32 miles' backlog. The race viewer and the event website.
Friday, November 21, 2014   (Image © PWA-John Carter)
The PWA Noumea Slalom World Tour event ended this morning after day with again good conditions. Only towards the end, the wind speed dropped below 10 kn. Ben Van der Steen BEL won two runs. The results have not yet been available on the PWA website, as the competition ended around edtitorial deadline this morning.
Friday, November 21, 2014   
Since yesterday, 10 of the 32 Class 40 yachts still racing have reached Guadeloupe. The official website today is dedicated to women. In addition to the winner in the 'Class Rhum' category, Anne Caseneuve FRA, there was also Miranda Merron GBR finishing on the excellent 6th place in the Class 40. The report. The Paralympic Champion Damien Séguin FRA crossed the finish line yesterday as 8th. Today, seven more Class 40 are exptected at Pointe-à-Pitre, among them Bernard Delesne FRA from the Swiss 'TeamWork' squad. A repair stop right after the start were a too big handicap to race for victory. The race viewer, the reports and the videos.
Friday, November 21, 2014   (Image © Martinezstudios)
The last Act of the RC44 Championship Tour 2014, the ProAm circuit on the super-racers designed by Russell Coutts NZL, began last Wednesday in Oman. According to the rules, the event began with the matchracing day and the Pro's steering, and 'Team Synergy' of Valentin Zavadnikov RUS with Ed Baird USA was the dominating winner in all matches, taking the Overall Annual Matchracing Championship title. The report. Yesterday was day one of fleetracing with the owners steering. With 'Nika' of Vladimir Prosikhin RUS with Terry Hutchinson USA as tactician, another Russian team is on top of the interim's rankings with a 6 points' lead after three races. 'Charisma' of Nico Poons MON with Tom Slingsby AUS as tactician follows on rank 2. The ranking list and the report.