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News – Thursday, November 21, 2019
After 15 days and 9 hours, 'Edmond de Rothschild' with Franck Cammas/Charles Caudrelier FRA was the first to round Robben Island off Cape Town and is now again heading North direction Brest FRA. The second-ranked 'Macif' (Gabart/Gahinet FRA) 165nm behind will stop a second time for a repair. 'Actual' (Le Blevec FRA/Alex Pella ESP followed with a 190nm backlog this morning UTC and will take rank 2. 'Sodebo' (Coville/Nélias FRA) will arrive in Cape Town today to try a repair of the floater hull and rudder, decision to be made on site how to proceed. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
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Last week, Francis Joyon FRA arrived from France in Mauritius improving the previous record by almost one week. Today, he - this time with a fully-crewed boat - will start to the second attempt of his Asian Record Tour from Mauritius across the Indian Ocean to Ho-Chi-Minh-Town in Vietnam, a route never followed before on elapsed time. ----- The news and the race tracker.
In early December, the Grand 2019 Final of the Star Sailors League will be held on the Bahamas. The SSL World Ranking List, now not only with Starboat sailors, but with all Olympic Classes, has been considered in the invitations. The first non-Star sailor is the 470 Olympic Champion Matthew Belcher AUS on rank 6. The top-10 of the Ranking List plus 15 invited teams are on the entry list. In addition to all top Star sailors - except the defending Champion Robert Scheidt BRA - are Tonci Stipanovic CRO (Laser Olympic Medalist), Jeemin Ha KOR (Laser) or the Match Racers Ian Williams GBR, Torvar Mirsky AUS and Taylor Canfield ISV among the participants. Invited are also World Champions of the Snipe Class (Henrique Haddad BRA) and the 5.5m (Mark Holowesko BAH). ----- The preview.
The traditional Lüderitz (Namibia) Speed Challenge has been underway for a month now with excellent wind conditions on the speed channel during the past days. ----- With 53,33kn, Vincent Valkenaers BEL succeeded to improve the windsurf world record of Antoine Albeau FRA by 0,06kn, the day before yesterday. ----- For the coming weekend, even fresher winds of up to 60kn have been announced and it remains to be seen, whether the kite record of Rob Douglas USA (55,65kn) will fall. ----- The rankings and the event facebook page with videos.
The November Match Racing World Ranking list has been published with no changes on top of the rankings. In the Open/Men division, Eric Monnin SUI confirmed rank 1 in front of Nick Egnot-Johnson NZL and Ian Williams GBR. In the Women, Pauline Courtois FRA remains the superior leader ahead of Anna Oestling SWE and Johanna Bergquist SWE. ----- The rankings.
Created in 2018, SP80 is a team composed of students and Alumni of the EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), that passionately believe that through the combination of sailing, kitesurfing and engineering principles, they can significantly outperform the standing sailing speed record of 65,83kn (121km/h). ----- The project website.
News – Wednesday, November 20, 2019
This morning UTC, the advance of 'Edmond de Rothschild' (Cammas/Caudrelier FRA) on 'Macif' (Gabart/Gahinet FRA) was down on 70nm. 'Actual' (Le Blevec FRA/Pella ESP), now 173nm behind, is back in the race, and even the damaged 'Sodebo' (Coville/Nélias FRA) could reduce the deficit on 228nm. ----- After two weeks at sea, the gaps between the teams were substantially reduced because of a major windshift favoring the boats coming from behind, sailing straight where the leader 'Edmond de Rothschild' had gybed six times. The latter is expected tonight in Cape Town, the second and final mark of course. The fourth-ranked 'Sodebo', which lost not only the rudder, but yesterday also the back-end of the starboard floater, will stop about ten hours later for a not-so-easy repair. ----- The race tacker, the news and the videos.
Yesterday, the Class 40 finishing as 19th and 20th reached Salvador de Bahis. Pierre-Antoine Tessot/Paul Galet FRA on 19th were without electronics and therefore without auto-pilot and weather forecasts during the second part of the race. Morgane Ursault-Poupon/Rémy Lhotellier FRA on rank 20 collided with a fishermens boat shortly before the finish line and damaged the bowsprit. ----- On Friday, the last two teams will terminsate the Transat Jacques Vabre 2019. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Early December, the three Olympic speed classes will sail their 2019 World Championships in Auckland NZL, at the same time a nation qualification event for the 2020 Olympic regatta. For the first time, Sky Sport NZL will cover the Championship whole-length, and the signal will also be available livestream on the Internet. ----- The news.
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News – Tuesday, November 19, 2019
After two weeks underway, the four Ultime Trimarans are approaching Cape Town to be reached by Thursday in winds substantially lighter South of the St-Helena anticyclone. 'Edmond de Rotschild' with Franck Cammas/Charles Caudrelier FRA is still leading now with a 100nm advantage on 'Macif' (François Gabart/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA). After the repair stops of these two teams, it is the turn of 'Sodebo' who lost the port rudder after al collision with flotsam. A repair stop has been planned in Cape Town. On rank 3 is therefore now 'Actual' with Yves Le Blevec FRA/Axel Pella ESP 330nm behind the leader. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
The Transat Jacques Vabre is slowly coming to an end with two Class 40 terminating today on the ranks 19 and 20 and two more teams still underway expected on Friday. ----- Meanwhile, a summary video on the thrilling race of the Open 60s has been posted, with the favorites in difficulties ..... 'Charal' (Béyou FRA/Pratt GBR) loosing all chances for victory after a three-day delay in the calms of the innertropical convergence zone, and 'Hugo Boss' (Alex Thompson/Neal MacDonald GBR) forced to abandon the race after a collision with flotsam. ----- The race tracker, the reports and the videos.
The 18-Footer Spring Series on Sydney Harbour were concluded last Sunday with the 7th and final regatta, held in a 20kn plus breeze and all teams racing with the small rig. ----- Winner of the day was 'Oak Double Bay-4 Pines' with Jack Macartney AUS. Overall winner of the Series is 'appliancesonline.com' with Brett Van Munster AUS. ----- Next Sunday, the New South-Wales-Championship will be initiated with the first race, to be followed livestream on sailing-news.com. ----- The news and the video replay of race 7 (1hr 31min).
World Champions after the sixth and final event of the GKA World Championship in Prea BRA are Airton Cozzolino ITA earning his title hat-trick and Carla Herrera-Oria ESP. ----- The newsletter with reports, results, photos and videos.
News – Monday, November 18, 2019
After three rough days, the conditions turned to moderate yesterday afternoon easing the high-speed race of the four Ultime Trimanrans direction Cape Town. Stretched over a longer distance, the sequence remained unchanged with 'Edmond de Rothschild' of Franck Cammas/Charles Caudrelier FRA on first 150nm in front of 'Macif' with François Gabart/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA, of 'Sodebo' with Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA 306nm behind and another 100nm back of 'Actual' with Yves Le Blevec FRA/Alex Pella ESP. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
While the last Class 40s will still be underway for another 3 days, the first Opens 60 are on their way back to France, loaded onto cargo ships or - at least three boats - sailing. Charlie Dalin FRA ('Apivia'), Sébastien Simon FRA ('Arkena') and Clarisse Cremer FRA ('Banque Populaire') decided to race back as single-handed training, ...... for Clarisse Cremer her first solo experience on an Open 60 ! ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
Don Wilson USA and his team, with Andy Campell USA as tactician replacing Tyler Canfield ISV, were the clear winners of the M32 Catamaran North American Championship, the second important victory after the M32 World Championship won in September in Riva del Garda, Italy. 7.5 points behind followed his sister Jennifer Wilson USA. Larry Philips USA finished 3rd. The only non-US-skipper Richard Davies GBR, sailing under Swiss flag, terminated the Championship on rank 5. -----The
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News – Sunday, November 17, 2019
Meanwhile, the first three Protos, as well as Series Mini have reached Le Marin on Martinique. Morten Bogacki GER defended rank 3 in the Protos behind François Jambou FRA and Axel Trehin FRA ahead of a number of latest-generation boats. ----- In the Series Minis, Nicolas D'Estais FRA and Benjamin Ferré FRA complete the podium behind Ambrogio Beccaria ITA. ----- The race tracker, the news and the videos.
The rough upwind sailing goes on for the four Ultime Trimarans and inspite of the conservative racing for safety reasons, the multihulls progress at speeds above 30kn. Life on board is not very accommodating as the the videos reveal. ----- 'Edmond de Rothschild' (Franck Cammas/Charles Caudrelier FRA) keep on leading with a 73nm advantage 'Macif' (François Gabart/Gwenolé Gahinet FRA). 'Sodebo' (Thomas Coville/Jean-Luc Nélias FRA) are now about 200nm behind. ----- The race tracker and the news.
The very light winds persised also on the final day of the Athens Olympic Sailing Week and not all Classes could sail the Medal Races. ----- In the Lasers Standard, Anastassios Pangiotidis GRE remained on top. ----- In the Lasers Radial, Vassileia Karachaliou GRE was the clear winner ahead of Güzel Ecem TUR and Elena Vorobeva CRO. ----- The Finns terminated the competition without Medal Race with Beresz Zsombor HUN as winner ahead of Ioannis Mitakis GRE and Josip Olujic CRO. ----- All ranking lists are available on the event website. Reports and photos have been posted on the event facebook page.
Act 4 of the 2019 Dragon Grand Prix was concluded on Palma Bay yesterday with the Final of the best four teams remaining after the Semi Finals. After the clear favorite Jewgenij Braslavets UKR/ITA disqualified at the start, the Sophie Racing Team with Bernardo Freitas POR (helm), Martin Westerdahl and Lars Linger SWE, sailing the Dragon of Hugo Stenbeck SUI/SWE, finished first winning the Spanish Grand Prix. ----- The news.