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Medal Race line-ups decided

 

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ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi

 

 

The Medal Race places in the ten Olympic and open kiteboarding events were decided at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates after a tense day of competition.

The top ten in each fleet will advance to the Medal Race in a do or die battle for ISAF Sailing World Cup Final glory and a share of the $200,000 prize fund.

It was another beautiful day in Abu Dhabi with clear blue skies, a north westerly breeze at 10-13 knots with the Emirati waters filled with the sails.

 

 

Nacra 17

Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet (FRA) drew within six points of Nacra 17 leaders Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA).

The teams battled it out on the race track, fighting tooth and nail for places in a highly talented fleet. The final race of the saw close quarter combat between the French teams, as they fought for supremacy. “In the last race you never knew what would happen between us,” said Besson, “the upwind mark is very close to the shore and it was very shifty but we arrived first for the last rounding and we didn’t know what was going to happen.

“We arrived first and there was no wind and we were waiting and they just tacked in front of us and we were like, come on let’s go. You never know what’s going to happen but that’s racing.”

Besson and Riou went on hot pursuit of their compatriots but Vaireaux and Audinet had the edge with a head start. They took the final race victory by nine seconds and nonetheless Besson and Riou had no sour grapes, “The French team is a big family and we are happy to be here. We do the best we can every day. It’s a good spirit inside the French team.

“I really don’t know what will happen tomorrow but with the Medal Race on the inside course [by the Corniche] it could be a big surprise.”

Besson and Riou top the leaderboard on 24 points whilst their compatriots follow on 30. Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger (SUI) complete the podium on 38 points, one point ahead of Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT).

 

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Men’s RS:X

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao gold medallist Byron Kokkalanis (GRE) pulled within one point of overnight leader Louis Giard (FRA) after a hard day of graft in the 19-boat Men’s RS:X fleet.

Like all of the fleet, Kokkalanis (GRE) has had to work hard for good positions and has been the most consistent racer in the pack. A string of top five results put him in a strong place going into Sunday’s Medal Races as he sits one point behind Giard.

Giard could not find the frightening form he had from the day prior where he won all of the races. Instead he notched up two eighth place finishes and discarded a 14th.

The windsurfers will be sailing inside on the Corniche racing area where the winds are lighter and the water is flatter.

Giard and Kokkalanis have a healthy advantage on 26 and 27 points apiece. A top seven finish in the final race will guarantee them a medal. Nick Dempsey (GBR) follows them up on 36 points with Aichen Wang (CHN) fourth on 41 points and Pawel Tarnowski (POL) fifth on 42 points.

 

Women’s RS:X

Bryony Shaw (GBR) continued doing what she does best in Abu Dhabi, winning Women’s RS:X races. The British racer, who picked up bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, has amassed six of nine race victories. Her outstanding performance gives her a 16 point lead over Charline Picon (FRA) going into the Medal Race.

The way Shaw’s been sailing has been a delight to behold but she played it safe on the penultimate day to consolidate her lead, “I feel like I’ve sailed a good series and people today were just going for it. I was trying to play it conservatively and just wrap the week up. We’ll see how I go tomorrow. We’re inside tomorrow so it’s something completely different from the whole week but it’s the same group of good girls so I’ll try and see it with fresh eyes.”

Shaw has a medal wrapped up with gold likely whilst the same can be said for Picon who has an unassailable advantage over the third placed Blanca Manchon (ESP). Manchon herself has an excellent advantage over the fourth placed Hei Man Chan going into the Medal Race.

The Women’s RS:X will kick start the final day at 09:45 local time.

 

49er and 49erFX

New Zealand’s Alex Maloney and Molly Meech will take a 15 point lead into the 49erFX Medal Race after another fantastic racing day. The Kiwis have guaranteed themselves a medal with the colour to be decided on the final day. But with such a strong lead, Sweden’s Lisa Ericson and Hanna Klinga, who are second, will be hard pressed to reduce the deficit with the Kiwis in such imperious form.

Italy’s Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich are 18 points off Ericson and Klinga in third. They will be relying on the Swedish to finish dead last and take the race victory themselves to move up to silver. Nina Keijzer and Claire Blom (NED) are three points off the Italians in fourth.

Polish superheroes Tomasz Januszewski and Jacek Nowak have been doing everything right in the 49er to maintain their lead going into the final day. Whilst their day was somewhat of a mixed bag with scores of 4-13-8, they can feel pleased to hold a five point lead over Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (NZL).

Spain’s Carlos Paz and Anton Paz, Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medallist, are tied on 50 points with Julien d’Ortoli and Noé Delpech of France in third.

 

Men’s and Women’s 470

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) hold firm in the Men’s 470 on 10 points following a pair of second place finishes. Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) picked up the opening race win of the day and trail the Australians in second on 16 points. Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) secured the final victory of the day and as a result, climb up to third overall.

Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar (AUT) hit the Race Committee boat in the opening Women’s 470 race and subsequently retired as Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) took the gun. The second victory went the way of Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka who move up to third.

The Austrians maintain their lead on nine points with China’s Shasha Chen and Haiyan Gao holding on to second with 15 points. The Japanese team are two points off their Chinese rivals.

 

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Finn

Slovenia’s Vasilij Zbogar has maintained his high level of sailing throughout the week and notched up a second and a third to take a 15 point lead into the Medal Race.

Zbogar, an Athens 2004 Olympic bronze medallist and Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medallist in the Laser, has been outstanding throughout the six race series. The Abu Dhabi breeze has suited his sailing style, height and weight and he has revelled in his surroundings.

It was a hard day for Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) following a collision with Ed Wright (GBR). Gaspic failed to complete the race and was unable to sail the second. As of 18:30 the Croatian sits fifth overall after he filed a protest against Wright.

As it stands, Caleb Paine (USA) occupies second overall after a solid performance whilst young Jake Lilley (AUS) sits in third.

 

Laser Radial

Just one point separates Belgium’s Evi Van Acker and Denmark’s Anne-Marie Rindom in the Laser Radial heading into the final day.

The Belgian, a London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, and Danish racers traded blows on the penultimate day taking a win and a second apiece with minimal separation on the race track. Rindom came out flying in the opening race and took the lead from the start and she never looked back, sealing the deal by over 30 seconds over Van Acker.

Van Acker was dominant in the second race of the day, demonstrating exceptional downwind speed throughout to pull away from the pack.

As it stands Van Acker holds the lead on 11 points with Rindom on 12. Tuula Tenkanen (FIN) and Alison Young (GBR) are in the hunt behind the leading pair on 22 points but will likely fight their own battle on the final day.

Laser
World #1 Tom Burton and Matt Wearn are flying the Australian flag high in the Laser fleet at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE, occupying the top two spots in the ultra-competitive fleet.

Burton has been the standout performer of the week, recording three victories from six races. He leads on 11 points but his young compatriot, training partner, room-mate and rival Wearn piled on the pressure with an outstanding day on the water to pull within nine points.

Burton secured the opening race victory over Wearn by the narrowest of margins. Although Burton’s lead seemed comfortable at the midway point of the race Wearn pushed hard to reduce the margin to two seconds at the final mark. Burton managed to hold on, narrowly, to take a slender victory.

Wearn ramped things up in the final race ahead of Sunday’s deciding Medal Race and picked up an emphatic race win, finishing 60 seconds ahead of Jesper Stalheim (SWE).

An Australian one two is certainly on the cards but Tonci Stipanovic (CRO), Francesco Marrai (ITA) and Jean Baptiste Bernaz (FRA) are all within touching distance.

 

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Open Kiteboarding

Young Oliver Bridge (GBR) dominated the kiteboarding heats winning every single one of his races. Bridge, Asian and European Champion has been a class above his competitors and will head into the semi final as one of the favourites.

2014 World Champion Maxime Nocher (FRA) and 2013 World Champion Florian Gruber (GER) also picked up victories in their flights and will be aiming to advance to the final.

Two semi-finals will be held with five racers in each. Places 1 and 2 will carry forward ten points, 3 and 4 seven points, 5 and 6 five points, 7 and 8 four points and 9 and 10 three points. Two races in each semi-final will follow with the top two placed sailors in each heading to the final.

From there, it’s a four way single race shoot out for the podium spots.

It’s going to be a Super Sunday in Abu Dhabi with all the Medal Races scheduled to take place across one racing area.

 

The schedule is as follows:

  • 09:45 – Women’s RS:X
  • 10:20 – Laser
  • 11:00 – 49erFX
  • 11:35 – Women’s 470
  • 12:15 – Finn
  • 12:55 – Men’s RS:X
  • 13:30 – Nacra 17
  • 14:05 – 49er
  • 14:40 – Men’s 470
  • 15:20 – Laser Radial
  • 16:00 Open Kiteboarding

 

The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking here.

 

Results are available at www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php

 

 

Team Vestas Wind grounded near Mauritius

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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 – Cape Town to Abu Dhabi

 

 

At 1510 UTC, Saturday, November 29, Team Vestas Wind informed Race Control that their boat was grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, no one has been injured.

We are in contact with the boat to establish the extent of the damage and ensure the crew is given the support needed to enable it to deal with the situation.

The Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Reunion Island is aware of the problem.

The crew has informed us that it is currently grounded on a reef but nobody is injured. Volvo Ocean Race and Team Vestas Wind’s top priority is to make sure the crew is safe.

The crew has informed Race organisers that it now plans to abandon the boat in life rafts.

Team Vestas Wind updated statement (0845 UTC)

Team Alvimedica has now arrived at the site, is in radio contact with Team Vestas Wind and standing by to assist Team Vestas Wind, waiting for daylight.

Race Control is in contact with Team Vestas Wind every hour. The situation is currently stable on board and the crew plans to remain on board until daylight.

There is also contact established with a coastguard station on Isle de Sud, approximately 1.5 km from the boat, which has a RIB available.

The plan is for this vessel to assist in abandoning the boat as soon as possible after daylight.

Both rudders have been reported broken by the Team Vestas Wind crew. The team has also reported water ingress in the stern compartment.

The Volvo Ocean 65 has watertight bulkheads in the bow and the stern. The remaining part of the boat is intact including the rig.

 

By Volvo Ocean Race media, www.volvooceanrace.com

Leaderboards shape up in Abu Dhabi

 

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ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi

 

 

The leaderboards across the ten Olympic and open kiteboarding event at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, UAE are shaping up ahead of the penultimate day of racing.

A lighter breeze in the region of 9-12 knots with gusts up to 13 knots made for an intriguing day of racing in the Emirati capital. At the midway stage of the regatta there is minimal separation of the top racers. The level has been raised and every competitor is aiming to put in their best display as they bid to for glory and a share of the USD $200,000 prize fund.

The waters of Abu Dhabi were blessed with the sight of 270 competitors from 38 nations from 12:00 hrs as racing commenced around Lulu Island and off the stunning Corniche.

 

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Nacra 17

Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) held on to their Nacra 17 lead as the overnight French 1-2-3 was broken up.

Besson and Riou occupied top spot heading into the second day with compatriots Audrey Ogereau and Matthieu Vandame (FRA) following in second and Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet (FRA) in third. However the French dominance was shattered by Austria’s Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank and Switzerland’s Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger who took a race win apiece to pile on the pressure.

The Austrians picked up the final race victory of the day, racing tactically in a 7-9 knot breeze just off Lulu Island.

Besson and Riou have been the top performers throughout recent months and have two Nacra 17 World Championship titles to their name. The pair are always dangerous on the race track yet strive to improve and develop one race at a time.

Besson and Riou top the podium on 13 points followed by Zajac and Frank on 19 points. Buhler and Brugger complete the podium on 20 points, tied with Ogereau and Vandame.

 

Women’s 470

It’s tough at the top in the Women’s 470 as 2014 World and European Champions Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar (AUT) finished up tied on four points with China’s Shasha Chen and Haiyan Gao after two intriguing races.

The teams shared a race victory apiece with the Austrians securing a third and the Chinese picking up an eighth in the other. Both teams discard those scores but with 11 exceptional teams in the fleet they will have to tread carefully over the final two days.

Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre (GBR) are back in the boat competing for the first time since August after the former picked up deep vein thrombosis travelling back from Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic test event. The pair who won gold at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, have taken back to racing well and occupy the final podium spot.

 

Men’s 470

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) are showing their class in the 16-boat Men’s 470. The pair enjoyed another excellent day on the water posting a third and a bullet to give them a one point lead over Japan’s Tetsuya Matsunaga and Yugo Yoshida.

The Australians have a consistent string of races under their belts whilst those around them, minus Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis (GRE) in fifth, count some bigger scores.

Twelve points separate places first to eighth so it is all to play for with two days of racing remaining.

 

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49er and 49erFX

The top spots in the 49er and the 49erFX remain the same following a solid day of racing for the overnight leaders.

Tomasz Januszewski and Jacek Nowak picked up a 2-13-1 scoreline in the 49er to maintain their advantage. Marcus Hansen and Josh Porebski (NZL) are up into second, nine points off the Polish competitors. John Pink and Stu Bithell (GBR) are one point off the Kiwis in the final podium spot.

New Zealand’s Alex Maloney and Molly Meech were near faultless in the 49erFX fleet taking a second and two race victories. As a result of their great day they have extended their lead to 11 points over Sweden’s Lisa Ericson and Hanna Klinga. Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich (ITA) drop to third overall.

 

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Laser and Laser Radial

Tom Burton and Francesco Marrai (ITA) are tied on seven points apiece in the 20-boat Laser fleet. It was an up and down day for Burton who was penalised in the opening race, subsequently receiving a scoring penalty, before he bounced back to take victory in the final race of the day.

Marrai on the other hand was a model of consistency. A pair of seconds promotes him up from 11th proving that anything can happen in the ultra-competitive Laser fleet.

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao gold medallist Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) picked up two fifth place finishes, leaving him third overall.

Just one point separates the top three in the Laser Radial with Tuula Tenkanen (FIN) and Evi Van Acker (BEL) locked on eight points and Anne-Marie Rindom (DEN) third on nine points.

Rindom stole the show by taking a race victory and a second to promote herself up the leaderboard. The days other race win went to Josefin Olsson (SWE) who is ninth overall.

 

Finn

Vasilij Zbogar (SLO) remains in control in the Finn fleet after he recorded a seventh and a second. He tops the billing on four points.

Croatia’s Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic took the opening race win of the day and backed it up with a fourth. He trails Zbogar by four points.

Caleb Paine (USA) performed well in the lighter breeze, bettering his opening day to push up the leaderboard. The American came through with a sixth in Race 3 and dominated Race 4, leading from the start to the finish to take the win by nine seconds over Zbogar.

 

Men’s RS:X

France’s Louis Giard put in a fearless display in the Men’s RS:X to grab the lead with both hands.

The Frenchman is one of the youngest competitors in the experienced pack of elite athletes and picked up three race victories on another glamorous day in Abu Dhabi.

With an abundance of Olympians within the fleet the youngster certainly isn’t daunted when going up against the best of the best. Blasting his way around the race track to take three excellent victories he is showing no sign of lacking big race knowledge.

The young gun has a nine point lead over ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao gold medallist Byron Kokkalanis (GRE). Overnight leader Pawel Tarnowski (POL) was up and down, taking a 6-11-6 scoreline and drops to third overall.

 

Women’s RS:X

It was another great day for Bryony Shaw (GBR) as she added two more race victories to the three she worked hard for on the opening day.

The British racer has been revelling in Abu Dhabi, enjoying the conditions and the culture, and has duly been rewarded by dominating the 18-boat fleet.

Shaw started the day with a 12th place finish, which she discards but she found rhythm in Race 5. Shaw took an early lead and rounded the first mark well ahead of the chasing pack. Hei Man Chen (HKG) looked to catch up with Shaw, progressing up from ninth to second. Unfortunately for the Hong Kong racer it was too little too late as she ended up 20 seconds shy of Shaw at the finish.

The Brit then fended off charges from Charline Picon (FRA) and Flavia Tartaglini (ITA) in the final race of the day but held strong to take her fifth race win of the regatta and with it, a healthy lead.

Shaw tops the pile on five points with Picon trailing on 21 in second. Italy’s Laura Linares is third on 28 points.

 

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Open Kiteboarding

The kiteboarders moved into their Round Robin heats and it went via the form book across the board.

The top four heading into the second day of Riccardo Leccese (ITA), Oliver Bridge (GBR), Florian Trittel (ESP) and Maxime Nocher (FRA) all picked up race victories in their respective heats.

The competitors will resume with heat racing on Saturday before the top ten boats progress to the medal stage.

Two semi-finals will be held with five racers in each. Places 1 and 2 will carry forward ten points, 3 and 4 seven points, 5 and 6 five points, 7 and 8 four points and 9 and 10 three points. Two races in each semi-final will follow with the top two placed sailors in each heading to the final.

From there, it’s a four way single race shoot out for the podium spots.

 

Racing is scheduled to resume at 12:00 local time in Abu Dhabi with the Medal Race places to be decided.

 

Results are available at www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php

 

The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking here.

 

 

Spectacular opening day show

 

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ISAF Sailing World Cup Final – Abu Dhabi

 

 

The opening day of racing at the inaugural ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates has been described as spectacular.

Smiles were present before racing at the Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club, on the waters off of the Corniche and around Lulu Island and back ashore upon the conclusion of racing.

A north westerly breeze that ranged between 9-14 knots greeted the sailors across the four race tracks. The outside courses saw big waves to add some spice to the sailors lives whilst the flat water on the inside Corniche course tested the sailors all round abilities.

Racing for the 270 sailors from 38 nations across the ten Olympic and open kiteboarding fleet commenced at 12:00 hrs local time and wrapped up with a full complement of races in the Olympic events.

 

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Finn

Slovenia’s Vasilij Zbogar was dominant in Abu Dhabi’s conditions, picking up a pair of race wins in the 19-boat Finn fleet.

Zbogar’s victories came by different margins. A close encounter with Jake Lilley (AUS) in the opening race saw him take the victory by a narrow two seconds. He ramped it up in the second race, taking the gun by 30 seconds over PJ Postma (NED).

Lilley trails the Slovenia by five points in second place whilst Croatia’s Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic occupies third overall, a point behind Lilley.

 

49erFX

The pair picked up a second victory in the third race of the day but a sandwiched tenth tarnishes their good start. New Zealand’s Alex Maloney and Molly Meech started the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final with a bang by taking the opening race victory in the 17-boat 49erFX fleet.

Whilst the Kiwis lead, it’s the Italian pairing of Giulia Conti and Francesca Clapcich who were the masters of consistency as they notched up a race win and a pair of seconds. They sit second overall by nature of the Kiwis discarding their tenth and Conti’s face was full of smiles after racing,

“It was perfect conditions. There were 10-14 knots with good waves and we enjoyed it a lot.

Sweden’s Lisa Ericson and Hanna Klinga complete the podium after the opening day but it’s still early stages in the competition with six fleet races to follow ahead of the Medal Race.

 

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49er

Captain America and Superman’s Polish alias’ Tomasz Januszewski and Jacek Nowak have swooped in to Abu Dhabi to take the 49er lead on the opening day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final.

The pair picked up two races wins and a 13th, discarding the latter to top the bill in the 18-boat 49er fleet. They lead Great Britain’s Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign by a single point.

The racing on the 49er race course was exceptionally close with little separation of the fleet across three races. Fletcher and Sign picked up the first race victory before finishing second behind the Polish sailors in the second. The Brits did not sail the third race due to an equipment issue as the Polish sailors swooped through to take their second race win and the lead.

 

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Women’s RS:X

Great Britain’s Bryony Shaw stole the show in the Women’s RS:X taking three consecutive race victories to hold a steady lead over her rivals at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Final in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The British racer, who won bronze at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, was in exceptional form, mastering the conditions and ruling the waves on one of the outside course areas.

China’s Qiaoshan Weng is second overall following a third, second and a discarded 14th. Charline Picon (FRA), 2014 Women’s RS:X World Champion, is third overall after an up and down day that included a second, a fourth and a discarded 14th place finish.

 

Men’s RS:X

Youngsters Pawel Tarnowski (POL) and Louis Giard (FRA) are showing their experienced counterparts how to race in Abu Dhabi as they top the bill in the Men’s RS:X fleet.

Tarnowski, 20-years-old, stormed into the lead following an exceptional day on the water. He amassed two race wins and a third and holds a two point advantage over Giard, 21-years-old, who took a pair of seconds and a third.

The youngsters lead their more experienced rivals but only time will tell if they are able to continue it through for a podium finish on Sunday 30 November.

 

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Men’s and Women’s 470

It was business as usual for World Champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) in the Men’s 470. The pair strolled into pole position following a 2-4 scoreline. Greece’s Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis are second on eight points with Austria’s David Bargehr and Lukas Mahr in third on ten points.

The day’s race wins went the way of Stu McNay and David Hughes (USA) who are sixth overall and fifth placed Matthias Schmid and Florian Florian Reichsteaedter (AUT).

China’s Shasha Chen and Haiyan Gao and Austria’s Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar shared places one and two in the Women’s 470 and are tied atop of the 11-boat fleet on three points.

Very little separated the two teams on the opening day and they will do battle once again on the second day with two more races scheduled.

America’s Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha are third overall on 10 points, seven off the leading duo but there is plenty of time for change.

 

 

Laser Radial

Tuula Tenkanen (FIN) is in control in the 18-boat Laser Radial pack. She picked up a fourth and a first to hold a five point advantage over Alison Young (GBR) going into the second day of competition.

London 2012 bronze medallist Evi Van Acker (BEL) completes the podium at the early stage of the event.

Laser

World #1 Tom Burton (AUS) showed his worth in Abu Dhabi by grasping the Laser lead after the opening day of racing. Burton was strong on the race track and took a fifth and a bullet. Pavlos Kontides (CYP) took the first race win but an 11th in the second race relegated him down to fifth overall.

ISAF Sailing World Cup Qingdao gold medallist Tonci Stipanovic (CRO) is tied on points with Burton in second whilst Nick Thompson (GBR) occupies third.

 

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Nacra 17

It’s an all French top three in the Nacra 17 with World Champions Billy Besson and Marie Riou leading the way. Besson and Riou are seemingly unstoppable in the Nacra 17 and amassed a steady scoreline that featured two seconds and a race win.

Their compatriots Audrey Ogereau and Matthieu Vandame follow in second with Moana Vaireaux and Manon Audinet in third.

Matias Buhler and Nathalie Brugger (SUI), Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri (ITA) and Thomas Zajac and Tanja Frank (AUT) are hot on the French teams heals, tied on nine points.

 

 

Open Kiteboarding

Riccardo Leccese (ITA) came out on top on the opening day of kiteboarding after he picked up a pair of bullets. He heads into the next stage as top seed. 2014 World Champion Maxime Nocher (FRA), European and Open Asian Champion Oliver Bridge (GBR) and 2013 World Champion Florian Gruber (GER) follow in places 2-4.

The 20 competitors will be divided up for Stage 2 heats on Friday and Saturday based on their seeding from Stage 1. The top ten boats will then progress to the medal stage.

Two semi-finals will be held with five racers in each. Places 1 and 2 will carry forward ten points, 3 and 4 seven points, 5 and 6 five points, 7 and 8 four points and 9 and 10 three points. Two races in each semi-final will follow with the top two placed sailors in each heading to the final.

From there, it’s a four way single race shoot out for the podium spots.

Racing across the fleets is scheduled to commence at 12:00 local time on Friday 28 November.

 

The racing will be available to watch in 2D and 3D via the live tracking here.

 

Full Results are available at www.sailing.org/worldcup/results/index.php

 

Star Sailors League Returns To Nassau 

 

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The Star Sailors League Finals returns to the Nassau Yacht Club between December 2nd and 7th for the second consecutive year, this time with a fleet of 20 boats.

As promised at the end of the SSL’s maiden edition, this new chapter has an even higher champion-count and even more refined technology designed to immerse viewers in the short but spectacular live-streamed races as they unfold.

The international Bahaman outing will once again deliver an event full of flavour thanks to an incredible number of superstars on its entry list. Robert Scheidt (BRA), Torben Grael (BRA), Freddy Loof (SWE), Mateusz Kusznierewicz (POL) and Xavier Rohart (FRA) are probably the most famous names because of their Olympic medals, but the fleet also numbers many other equally competitive entrants.

The top three names on the Star Sailors League ranking list are, in fact, Diego Negri (ITA), who has held a solid lead since summer having missed out on the world title by a whisker last year, Augie Diaz (USA), the Miami living legend in not one but several classes, and 2014 Star World Champion and all-round sailing wunderkind Robert Stanjek (GER).

The list of skippers that qualified automatically for the Final because of their position on the ranking list also includes skipper: Johannes Polgar (GER), European Champion 2010, George Szabo (USA), 1 Gold and 2 Silver Stars, Mark Mendelblatt (USA), 1 Silver Star and third in the SSL Finals 2013, Eivind Melleby (NOR), third in the Worlds 2014, Emilios Papathanasiou (GRE), and Marcelo Fuchs (BRA).

Luke Patience (GBR), silver medallist in the 470 at London 2012, is also coming to Nassau and some of the world’s finest Finn sailors are also in the fleet too, not least Jorge Zarif (BRA) and Giles Scott (GBR), World Champions in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Other highly-ranked, up-and-coming stars include Ivan Kljaković Gašpić (CRO), Luke Lawrence (USA) and Josh Junior (NZL).

 

New modernised format

 

The action kicks off with 3 days of regatta-style racing with no more than four races per day and a maximum of nine races in all. The aim of the first 3 days is to establish which crews will go forward to the final day which, once again, will be split into 3 races but these will be eliminators: the first will see 10 boats lining out, the second 7 and the last just 4. The big news in 2014 is that the winner of the qualifying races will go forward directly to the semi-final of 7 boats. Consequently, the crews that qualified in second to 11th positions will compete in the quarter-finals but only the best 6 will go forward to the semi. Then, only 4 will make it to the grand finale that will decide the overall winners.

 

By Star Sailors League: starsailors.com

Gothenburg to host America’s Cup World Series event in 2015

 

ACWS Gothenburg Photo © Patrik Vincent

 

 

Americas Cup World Series – Gothenburg, Sweden

 

 

 

Artemis Racing and the City of Gothenburg will host an America’s Cup World Series event during the last weekend of August (28th – 30th) 2015.

The America’s Cup World Series is the first stage of competition in the 35th America’s Cup. Beginning in the summer of 2015, the circuit will feature all of the America’s Cup teams racing in one design AC45 catamarans, providing an early opportunity to win points that will carry forward into the next stage of the competition.

The overall ranking position in the America’s Cup World Series will determine the starting points score of the teams in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017.

Racing will take place either on the Gota River close to the city centre, or at Langedrag, and the race village will be located in Frihamnen.

 

By Artemis Racing, artemisracing.com

 

Americas Cup: americascup.com

 

 

Flying start to second leg slows to a tactical dilemma

 

Leg2 map

Photo © B&G

 

 

Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 – Cape Town to Abu Dhabi

 

 

Mark Chisnell Volvo Ocean Race blog

 

It’s been a flying start to the second leg, with some great sailing, big breeze, bigger mileage and some fabulous footage from the first week as the crews got a pasting. But while the sailing might have been tough, the strategy for the first couple of days was relatively straightforward.

 

Read Mark Chisnell’s full blog post for B&G here…

 

For current positions see: www.volvooceanrace.com

 

Portsmouth to host two years of America’s Cup World Series Racing

 

ACWS 2013 gg

Photos c Guilain Grenier

 

America’s Cup Racing is to return to British waters when the America’s Cup World Series (ACWS) takes place in Portsmouth 23-26 July 2015 and 21–24 July 2016.

The ACWS is the preliminary race series of the 35th America’s Cup, consisting of eight to ten regattas taking place around the world during 2015 and 2016. All America’s Cup teams will compete in the series and their overall placement will affect the seeding and starting score they take into the America’s Cup Qualifier events in 2017.

“The America’s Cup World Series events in Portsmouth in 2015 and 2016 are an opportunity for British fans to watch world class America’s Cup teams compete and of course support Ben Ainslie Racing as they compete on home waters,” said Harvey Schiller, the Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup. “I know Ben joins all the competitors in their goal to bring the America’s Cup back to their home country and racing in the America’s Cup World Series is a first step towards that end.”

Spectators will enjoy three days of racing, including practice racing on the Friday and then two races on Saturday and two races on ‘Super Sunday Final’.

One of the key objectives of the organisers of ACWS Portsmouth will be to bring the action to the public with free-to-view areas in the Race Village where spectators can enjoy the atmosphere, and watch the racing. There will also be additional opportunities to buy tickets for specific attractions, prime seating areas, exhibitions and hospitality. Further ticketing information will be released in the New Year.

The countdown to the 2015 ACWS Portsmouth has started, for more information: visit www.teamorigin.com

By TeamOrigin Events

 

 

GC32 Racing Tour announces 2015 season dates & venues

 

GC32s Mar sdb

Photo © Sander van der Borch / The Great Cup

 

 

For 2015, its third season of racing, the GC32 foiling catamarans are to compete around Europe on a five event circuit known as the GC32 Racing Tour.

Representing the state-of-the-art in catamaran design, the GC32 is attracting considerable interest due to its conceptual similarity to the AC72 and AC62 foiling catamarans pioneered in the America’s Cup. However as the GC32s are smaller one designs with soft sail rigs, they provide both professional teams and private owners with the opportunity to experience airborne catamaran racing and all the excitement of the larger AC catamarans, but on a much more modest budget and on boats that are far easier to handle while still having the potential to achieve top speeds approaching 40 knots.

 

The 2015 GC32 Racing Tour schedule:

27-31 May: Austria Cup – Lake Traunsee, Austria
24–27 June: Cowes Cup – Cowes, UK
30 July–2 Aug: TBA – Germany
27-30 August: Trofeo di Roma – Rome Fiumicino, Italy
10–13 September: Marseille One Design – Marseille, France

 

The season kicks off on the mountain-lined Lake Traunsee in Austria, where the boats will be based out of Gmunden at the northern end of the lake. This will be the third occasion the GC32s will have competed on the picturesque lake after a successful event this year when the line-up featured sailors from the Luna Rossa and Oracle Team USA America’s Cup campaigns.

Christian Feichtinger, CEO of the Traunsee event’s organisers PROFS Marketing, said: “We are very excited about the latest development of the class. It has proof that we took the right decision two years ago when we started with GC32 races on Lake Traunsee. The past two events were quite successful, but we can´t wait to see more boats and more action on our waters. We believe that this is the best sailing product on the market right now and we are proud of being part of it.”

After two GC32s competed in the 2014 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, with one claiming line honours in what was one of the lightest events on record, the GC32 Racing Tour returns to one of world’s most historic race courses – the Solent. Here, during the circuit’s UK stopover, racing will take place over three days before the grand finale in which the GC32 fleet will once again race around the Isle of Wight. While the Round the Island Race was first held in 1931, this course was also famously that of the first America’s Cup held in 1851 (when it ran in the opposite, clockwise direction).

Mike Peskett, Race PRO of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race commented: “The Island Sailing Club is delighted that the GC32 class will be attending the 2015 edition of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and that the Club will be also running the UK leg of the GC32 Racing Tour. As organisers of such an iconic yacht race, we continually work hard to broaden its appeal to our worldwide audience, followers and race partners.”

Full details of the GC32 Racing Tour’s German stopover will be announced soon, but will be followed at the end of August by a new event being held off the beach at Fiumicino, just 8km from the centre of the Italian capital, Rome. With Italian sailing fans being enthusiastic supporters of the America’s Cup and fielding their own team, the Trofeo di Roma is certain to attract the crowds.

The GC32 Racing Tour once again will culminate at Marseille One Design, where the GC32s will participate alongside other foiling classes. Backed by the Ville de Marseille in the build-up to the French Mediterranean city becoming European Capital of Sport for 2017, racing will once again take place on the waters of the Rade Sud to the south of Marseille’s main city centre. At the end of Marseille One Design the GC32 Racing Tour champion will be decided.

In 2015 Marseille will also be the venue for an early season training regatta both for teams and race management, a ‘Pre-Event’ to be held over 16-19 April.

Didier Réault, Deputy Mayor of Marseille in charge of maritime affairs, commented: “The Marseille One Design 2014 showcased the extraordinary progress that has been made in sailing via your amazing GC32s. On behalf of the City, I am delighted that your class association has chosen to host its first gathering of the season at the Roucas Blanc Nautical Arena in April 2015. I’m also especially thrilled that you’ll once again round off your European tour in our harbour, within the context of the Marseille One Design 2015. In fact, we’re imagining that at the end of this final race in September, some of your crews might winter and train in Marseille as they wait for the warm-up sessions to kick off on our waters once again in the spring of 2016.”

The standard format for each event will be to run between six and eight races each day. However PRO David Campbell-James is being permitted some flexibility with the race schedule to include speed trials, long distance races and other formats at his discretion. As always there will be an opportunity for VIPs, journalists and corporate guests to sail on board the GC32 foiling cats during racing as a ‘sixth man’, provided conditions permit this.

GC32 Class Manager, Christian Peer concludes: “In the name of everyone involved in this Class, I would like to thank the organisers for their support and trust. The 2015 schedule is covering great sailing markets and most of our teams next year will sail once in their home waters. We thank Laurent Lenne for his support and look forward to seeing new teams coming to join us for 2015. All in all we are very happy with the current situation.”

A minimum of six to eight teams will compete in all the events with new participants already signed from across Europe and the USA in addition to GC32 founder Laurent Lenne’s SPAX Solutions team and Marwin Sailing Team of Swiss Olympic Star sailor Flavio Marazzi. Details of the new teams will be announced over the next weeks.

 

By GC32 Racing Tour, www.gc32racing.com

 

 

What is the Star Sailors League?

 

 

SSL BRA

 

The Star Sailors League will gather 20 elite teams for the 2014 Finals in Nassau, Bahamas on December 2-7, with a purse of $200,000 US on the table. The top-ranked crew at the end of the event will take home $40,000 US.

But what is the Star Sailors League? Three-time Olympic medalist Mark Reynolds, who is also a Star class international officer, explains…

 

 

The Star Sailors League is a limited company founded by sailors for sailors with the following mission:

– Creation of a racing circuit under the name “Star Sailors League”
– Promotion and support of athletes,
– Training and support for future generations
– Preservation of the skills’ heritage from the champions
– Creation of a pathway that allows the best sailors to consider sailing as a profession

 

To locate and establish a collection of the best sailors in the world, the SSL looked to track the 220+ annual regattas from the Star Class program and created the SSL “Skipper Ranking” and “Crew Ranking”. This ranking list will give some of the best sailors a means to see where they rank worldwide within the Star Class. It will also provide one of the ways to qualify sailors for the four (4) SSL Grand Slams and one (1) SSL Grand Final each year where prize money will be offered. The first SSL Grand Final was run last year in Nassau with 18 boats.

This year the top 12 sailors from the SSL ranking will be invited as well as some additional sailors (such as current Olympic Gold Medalist in the Star Class – Freddy Loof) to make sure other top professional and youth sailors get the opportunity to compete with the best on the ranking list.

The goal is to have the SSL racing held in a company owned fleet of 30 Star boats that will be sent around the world for SSL Events, but will also be chartered to top athletes or rookies who wish to participate in other Star Class events. The SSL will organize training camps to integrate rookies with the existing members of the Star Class. Top athletes will always be present during these camps.

An extensive broadcasting program will be organized for these SSL Grand Slams and the media program will also be helping promote all Star Class racing. The SSL has already supported several Star regattas including the 2013 and 2014 Star World Championships with live GPS tracking, 3D graphics and full live internet commentary. This enables sailors not in attendance to follow the racing and to promote Star Class events to the world. This program is important to facilitate new regatta sponsorship opportunities interested in supporting top sailing athletes.

 

What is the relationship between the Star Class and the SSL and how will this contribute to the Star Class?

 

 

The organization operating as SSL and the Star Class and its 2000 worldwide members are completely separate and independent. The two organizations and members have separate mission statements but share a connection to the 100 plus year old premier one design racing keelboat. The Star Class and the SSL have a standard licensing agreement which protects the Star Class trademarks and name but allows SSL to use the image and likeness of the boat to promote their programs existing between two parties. The Star Class expects the relationship with the SSL to help continue the tradition of the Star being the premier one design racing keelboat. It will give more visibility to attract famous sailors and insure that the Star Class will remain the premier keel boat class.

Like the Olympics, the SSL will help attract the top sailors of the world to the Star primarily though the SSL Grand Slams and SSL Grand Finals that will include prize money. The boats used in the SSL events will be Star boats and will be supplied by the SSL, so unlike the perception of the Olympics, there will be no ‘arms race’ to create a faster and more expensive sailboat. It will impact the Star Class in a positive way by providing business for our suppliers and used equipment which helps make Star sailing more affordable to others. Although some classes like the Dragon and 6 Meter have come back in popularity in some areas as a classic yacht with very good competition, the Star is more athletic and to keep the class growing and at the top of the sport the Class membership need to continue to attract young athletic sailors.

The worldwide media coverage provided by the SSL, will further promote the class with an opportunity to attract new members at all levels. Some of the future Star Class events will be also promoted by the SSL just as they have done for the last two Star World Championships. The Star Class members believe this association will bring in new regatta sponsorship prospects insuring Star Class events are run at a high level and at the same time providing the possibility of holding down entry fees.

 

By Sailing Scuttlebutt

 

 

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