Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, August 13, 2018
Monday, August 13, 2018   

Olympic Classes World Championships 2018 - Aarhus DEN - Final results

The Quadrennial World Sailing Olympic Classes World Championship 2018 in Aarhus DEN was concluded yesterday with the RS:X windsurfer and Nacra-17 Medal Races sailed in slackening winds. The RS:X men windsurfers sailed their Medal Race in a 10kn breeze, for the RS:X women, the wind dropped to about 5kn, and the Nacra-17 Race had to be cancelled, as the wind disappeared completely.
Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED in the RS:X men windsurfers was - as in his two Olympic victories 2012 and 2016 - the premature winner before the last race. Nevertheless, he showed his class as 3rd in the Medal Race once more. Silver went to his trainings partner Kiran Badloe NED. Louis Giard FRA earned Bronze.
In the RS:X women as well, the Gold Medal was Dutch prematurely. Lilian De Geus NED finished as World Champion with huge 30 points advantage on the Olympic Champion Charline Picon FRA. The French athlete, in her comeback after a pause while having a baby, demonstrated, that she is back on top. Bronze went to Yunxiu Lu CHN.
The Medal Race of the Nacra17 could not be run due to lack of sufficient wind. Too bad, as the small points' gaps would have guaranteed exciting battles. Ruggero Tita/Caterina Banti ITA, dominators of the season, crowned their year with the Worlds title. On rank 2, only one point behind, followed the two-times 49er Olympic Medallist Nathan Outteridge AUS (with his sister Haylee Outteridge AUS as crewt) in his first Nacra-Saison. Bronze went to the Olympic Champion Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG.
All ranking lists, the final report and the video of the day.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, August 12, 2018
Sunday, August 12, 2018   

Olympic Classes - World Championship 2018 - Aarhus DEN - Day 10

The Olympic Classes World Championship continued yesterday with the Medal Races of the 49ers and 49ersFX.
No surprise in the 49ers sailing in moderate and stable winds, where Sime and Mihovil Fantela CRO celebrated the first 49er World Champions' title and this on 18 months since they migrated to the Skiff. Winning the Medal Race, Mathieu Frei/Noe Delpech FRA advanced on rank 2. Tim Fischer/Fabian Graf GER earned Bronze.
The Medal Race of the 49esrFX was shaken up by a passing rain front. Tanja Frank/Lorena Abicht AUT, starting the Medal Race with an 11 points lead, controlled the race till the arrival of the rain front, when they capsized loosing their points' advantage. Annemiek Bekkering/Annette Duetz NED herited rank 1 and the title 2 points ahead of the Austrians. On rank 3 followed Sophie Weguelin/Sophie Ainsworth GBR.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Today, the Medal Races of the RS:X windsurfers and the Nacra 17 catamarans are on the program. These races can as always be followed live on this website.
All Olympic 2020 Nations' Berths (40% of the starting slots) have been allotted. Here the report of World Sailing.
Sunday, August 12, 2018   

Windsurfing - Techno 293 - World Championship 2018 - Liepaja LTU - Final results

 Windsurfing - Techno 293 - World Championship 2018 - Liepaja LTU - Final results After the storms on the previous days, calms reigned over the Baltic Sea and racing was cancelled on the final day of the Championship.
The new Techno World Champions are:
- Mika Kafri ISR Junior Girls (U14),
- Alessandro Graciotti ITA Junior Boys (U14),
- Naama Greenberg ISR Youth Girls (U16),
- Daniel Basik ISR Youth Boys (U16),
- Giorgia Speciale ITA Youth plus Girls (U18),
- Niccolo Renna ITA Youth plus Boys (U18).
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, August 11, 2018
Saturday, August 11, 2018   

Olympic Classes - World Championships 2018 - Aarhus DEN - Day 10 - Gold for CYP and BEL

The two Laser fleets concluded their Worlds yesterday with the Medal Races, sailed in a 5 to 20kn wind.
In the Lasers Radial, the situation on the podium was clear before the race already, as the points' gaps were significant. Emma Plaesschart BEL, a worthy successor for the multiple Champion Evi Van Acker BEL, won her first big title ahead of the Olympic Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED and Anne-Marie Rindom DEN. In the Lasers Standard, Pavlos Kontides CYP succeeded to keep his first place in a tight fight with Matthew Wearn AUS, earning his second Laser Worlds title. The Australian finished 2 points behind. As 3rd in the Medal Race, Philipp Buhl GER jumped on the podium grasping Bronze.
The 49ers, RS:X windsurfers and Nacra 17 concluded their Final Series yesterday and will start to the Medal Race today.
In the 49ers, the situation is clear as Sime and Mihovil Fantela CRO will hardly loose the title with a 13 points' lead before the race. Only two years after changing from the 470 to the 49, their first big skiff title is ahead for the former Optimist World Champion and 470 Olympic Champion 2016 Sime Fantela. Tim Fischer/Fabian Graf GER are on rank 2 with a 5 points advantage on their compatriotes Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER. Medal chance are also with Matthieu Frei/Noe Delpech FRA 8 points behind rank 3. The 49erFX terminated their qualification two days ago. With an 11 points' lead, Tanja Frank/Lorena Abich AUT have good chances to win the Worlds title.
In the Nacra 17, the big favorites Ruggero Tita/Caterina Banti ITA have finally taken the overall lead, but Nathan and Haylee Outteridge AUS are only one point behind and also the Olympic Champions Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG 3 points back remain in the race for the title.
3 points is the backlog of Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN on Bronze. Suspense guaranteed !
In the RS:X windsurfers, the Olympic Champion Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED has a 14 points advantage on Kieran Badloe NED. Louis Giard FRA follows as 3rd, but Pawel Tarnowski POL is only 2 points back. In the RS;X women windsurfers, Lilian De Geus NED is the premature World Champion as her lead on the 2nd is already 30 points. Yunxiu Lu CHN on rank 2 is 10 points ahead of the Olympic Champion Charline Picon FRA. With a small 3 points' backlog, Emma Watson GBR and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL remain in the race for a Medal.
All ranking lists, the daily news and the video of the day.
Saturday, August 11, 2018   

Windsurfing - Techno 293 - World Championship 2018 - Liepaja LTU - Day 5

 Windsurfing - Techno 293 - World Championship 2018 - Liepaja LTU - Day 5 Good conditions prevailed again at the Techno Windsurf Worlds for Juniors in Latuvia yesterday.
In the U14 Boys' rankings, Alessandro Graciotti ITA disturbed the dominance of the Israeli taking the overall lead. Otherwise, Israelis all over the place in the younger categories.
In the Youth-plus-females, Giorgia Speciale ITA and Manon Pianazza FRA jointly are in the overall lead. Nicolo Renna ITA defended his first place in the Youth-plus-males.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, August 10, 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018   

Olympic Classes - World Championship 2018 - Aarhus DEN - Day 8 - Gold for HUN, JPN and FRA

The Finns and 470 Medal Races were sailed in moderate winds.
With an impressive start-finish victory, it was Beresz Zsombor HUN who earned Gold in the Finns. The defending Champion Max Salminen SWE had to content himself with Silver. Pieter-Jan Postma NED grasped Bronze ahead of the tied Josh Junior NZL ranked 4th.
Leader change in the 470 men as well with the leading Anton Dahlberg/Fredrik Bergström SWE sailed down on the last place in the Medal Race allowing Kevin Peponnet/Jérémie Mion FRA to take Gold, their first important international title. Silver and Bronze went to Tetsuya Isozaki/Akira Takayanagi JPN and Jordy Xammar/Nicola Rodriguez ESP.
In the 470 women, Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN defended their first place. Silvia Mas/Patricia Cantero ESP, winners of the Medal Race, advanced on rank 2 earning Silver. Bronze went to the Olympic Champion Hanna Mills GBR with Eilidh McIntyre GBR.
Today, it is the Lasers' turn to run the Medal Races. In the Lasers Standard, the duel between Pavlos Kontides CYP and Matthew Wearn AUS 4 points behind will be crucial. Elliot Hanson GBR on 3rd it with a 19 points' backlog far behind and has to defend the Bronze Medal against Philipp Buhl GER 4 points back.
In the Radials, Emma Plaesschart BEL has an 11pts advantage over the defending Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED. The 3rd-ranked Anne-Marie Rindom DEN is 23 points behind and has to fight for Bronze against Paige Railey USA 3 points behind..
As best if the day, Sime FantelaMihovil Fantela CRO have taken the lead in the 49ers ahead of Tim Fischer/Fabian Graf GER. Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER climbed on rank 3 in the interim's rankings. Two more races are on the program today.
The 49erFX have concluded their program. Tanja Frank AUT - 2 years ago Olympic Medalist in the Nacra-17 - together with Lorena Abicht AUT as crew has taken the lead. The Austrian ladies have an 11 points lead and a surprise seems ahead ! The experienced teams Sophie Weguelin/Sophie Ainsworth GBR and Annemiek Bekkering/Annette Duetz NED separated by 4 points will fight for Silver and Bronze. beträgt 4 Punkte.
In their first year on the Nacra 17, the former 49er Champion Nathan Outtridge with Haylee Outteridge AUS have taken the lead yesterday, 3 points ahead of the Olympic Champions Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG. Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN follow another point behind on rank 3.
In the RS:X men windsurfers, Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED moved up on top after the first 3 Final races. Pawel Tarnowski POL follows 10 points behind. Kiran Holmes GBR is on rank 3.
In the RS:X woman, Lilian De Geus NED is 4 points in front of Yunxiu Lu CHN, Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL followsy on rank 3.
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Friday, August 10, 2018   

Windsurfing - Techno 293 World Championship 2018 - Lipaja LTU

 Windsurfing - Techno 293 World Championship 2018 - Lipaja LTU An up to 20kn breeze prevailed on the Baltic Sea yesterday providing very challenging conditions for the windsurfer youth. In the U14- and U16-rankings, the Israeli continue dominating the scene. In the Youth plus rankings females, Giorgia Speciale ITA has taken the lead, in the males, Nicolo Renna ITA remains on top.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, August 9, 2018
Thursday, August 9, 2018   

Olympic Classes - World Championship 2018 - Aarhus DEN - Day 7

The initial light winds yesterday increased during the day caused by a thunderstorm front filling in the afternoon, and the Olympic Classes Worlds in Aarhus DEn continued according to plans. The two 470 fleets and the Finns concluded the Final Series selecting the top-10 each for the Medal Races of tomorrow Friday. Moreover, the first 8 nations per class grasping an Olympia 2020 berth are already known and are presented in the news.
In the Finns, Max Salminen SWE has taken the lead and goes with an 8 points' advantage in the Medal Race, followed by the tied Zsombor Berecz HUN and Josh Junior NZL. Only one point back, Nicholas Heiner NED remains another hot candidate for the title.
In the 470 men, Anton Dahlberg/Frederik Bergström SWE stay on top with a 6 points' lead on Tetsuyo Isozaki/Akiro Takayanagi JPN and Kevin Peponnet/Jérémy Mion FRA. Winner of the only race of the day were Norizan/Abdul Aziz MAS, finishing the Worlds on rank 13.
The 470 women did not compete. Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN will go to the Medal Race with a 5 points' lead on Camille Lecointre/Aloise Retornaz FRA.
The RS:X windsurfers and the Nacra17-catamarans had their lay days yesterday. All other classes sailed additional Final races.
In the Lasers Standard, Pavlos Kontides CYP has taken the overall lead winning the only race of the day. Matthew Wearn AUS and Sam Meech NZL follow on the ranks 2 and 3. One race only for the Lasers Radial where Paige Railey USA reclaimed the lead one point ahead of the tied Emma Plaeschart BEL and Anne-Marie Rindom DEN on 2nd and 3rd. Two more races are on the program today.
The 49ers, scheduled for afternoon races, had to flee ashore chased by the arriving thunderstorm front. The 49erFX however completed three heats, and winning the last race, Tanja Frank AUT, Nacra-17 Bronze medalist in Rio, took the lead with Lorena Abicht AUT as crew. 5 points back follow Natasha Bryant/Annie Wilmot AUS on 2nd, Annemiek Bekkering/Anette Duetz NED are 3rd.
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Thursday, August 9, 2018   

Techno 293 - World Championship 2018 - Liepaja LTU - Day 3

 Techno 293 - World Championship 2018 - Liepaja LTU - Day 3 Good conditions prevailed again at the Techno Worlds on the Latuvia coast and the full program could be completed.
In the Youth (U14) and Youth (U16) categories, the Israelis dominate occupying all Medal placdes. No change in the Youth (U18) category with Manon Pianazza FRA leading ahead of Giorgia Speciale ITA in the Girls and Roy Hilel ISR ahead of Yun Pouliquen FRA in the Boys.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Wednesday, August 8, 2018   

Olympic Classes - World Championships 2018 - Aarhus DEN - Day 6

Another day with light winds only and only a reduced program was completed. In some classes, the ranking lists were quite mixed up.
The Final Series of the 470 women have been concluded. Ai Kondo/Miho Yoshioka JPN will go to the Medal Race next Friday with a 5 points' lead on Camille Lecointre/Alo├»se Retornaz FRA. Hannah Mills/Eilidh McIntyre GBR follow with a 10 points' backlog on rank 3. In the 470 men, Anton Dahlberg/Frederik Bergström SWE extended their lead on Kevin Peponnet/Jérémie Mion FRA on 7 points. Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS are on rank 3 with an 11 points' deficit. The 470 men will sail their last Final Series race today.
The RS:X men windsurfers completed 3 races and the new leader is Pawel Tarnowski POL, 3 points ahead of Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED new on rank 2. Daniele Benedetti ITA and Mattia Camboni ITA follow tied on the ranks 3 and 4. In the RS:X women windsurfers, Yunxiu Lu CHN move on top thanks to 2 race wins. With a 3 points' backlog is Liliane De Geus NED on rank 2. The Olympic Champion Charline Picon FRA advanced on rank 3.
In the Finns, Ed Wright GBR stays on top 7 points ahead of Tom Ramshaw CAN on rank 2. Josh Junior NZL is new on rank 3. In the Nacra 17, a major overthrow occurred as the big favorites Ruggero/Banti ITA had a disaster day and dropped from rank 1 to rank 12. New in the lead are the Olympic Champions Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG, 5 points ahead of Samuel Albrecht/Gabriela Nicolino BRA on 2nd. Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS follow on rank 3.
Leader change also in the Lasers Standard with Matthew Wearn AUS new on top, 4 points in front of Pavlos Kontides CYP. The former leader Sam Meech NZL dropped on rank 3. One race only was sailed in the Lasers Radial and Anne-Marie Rindom DEN defended her lead by a small margin. Paige Railey USA is only one point back. New on rank 3 is Sarah Douglas CAN.
Im 49erFX, Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN extended their lead on 10 points. Annemiek Bekkering/Anette Duetz NED moved up on rank 2. Tanja Frank/Lorena Abich AUT are now on the 3rd place. The 49ers had their lay day and begin today with their Final races.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Tuesday, August 7, 2018   

Olympic Classes - World Championships 2018 - Aarhus DEN - Day 5

Instead of the announced fresh westwinds, lull conditions prevailed yesterday and most races of the day were cancelled.
The 470 men completed just a first Final race won by Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS who moved up on rank 2 overall just one point behind the still leading Dahlberg/Bergström SWE. The 49ers finished a race as well with Lucas Rual/Emile Amoros FRA extending their lead on 8 points. Dunning/Gunn NZL remain on 2nd and Fischer/Graf GER are new on rank 3 ahead of a close pack on the ranks 4 to 10 within 4 points only.
In the RS:X women windsurfers, Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL have taken the overall lead after the only race of the day.
In the 49erFX and the Nacra-17, only one group per class completed a race and the qualifications continue today.
The Finns and RS:X men did not start at all.
The two Laser fleets had their lay day.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018   

Windsurfing - Techno 293 World Championship 2018 - Liepaja LTV - Day 1

The Techno Windsurfing Worlds in Latuvia - the official Youth windsurfer - were initiated yesterday with two races sailed in a 15kn wind. The over 300 youth drivers are split in 8 categories. The experience windsurfing nations have already taken the top spots in the different classes, above all the Israeli leading in three rankings, and are even on the ranks 1 to 7 of the U17 female youth.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, August 6, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018   

Olympic Classes - World Championships 2018 - Aarhus DEN - Day 4

After 3 days with light to moderate winds, a westerly wind from the shore filled in with 20 to almost 30kn on the offshore courses. The 470 and Finns has their lay day, the two Laser fleets concluded their qualifications for Gold- and Silverfleets. The RS:X windsurfers and the Nacra-17 catamarans joined the competition.
In the Nacras, Ruggero Tita/Caterina Banti ITA dominated their group with 3 race wins. Thomas Zajac/Barbara Matz AUT and the Olympic Champions Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
In the men windsurfers, the experienced Louis Giard FRA and the surprising Daniele Benedetti ITA share the lead after 3 races. One point behind follow at equal points Kiran Badloe NED and Dorian Van Rijsselberghe NED. Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL is on top of the women's rankings ahead of Saskia Sills GBR and Liliane De Geus NED on the ranks 2 and 3.
In the Laser Standard, the downunder boats dominated in the prevailing fresh conditions. Behind the leader Sam Meech NZL follow an Australian trio with Luke Eliott AUS, Matthew Wearn AUS and Tom Burton AUS. Pavlos Kontides CYP on rank 5 is the best European. In the Lasers Radial, the new leader is Anne-Marie Rindom DEN with Line-Flem Höst NOR and Paige Railey USA folgen auf den Rängen 2 und 3.
The skiffs sailed two races. Leader change in the 49ers with Lucas Rual/Emile Amoros FRA on first 4 points ahead of Logan Dunning/Oscar Gunn NZL. On rank 3 followed Josh Porebski/Trent Rippey NZL. In the 49ersFX, Ida-Marie Baad/ Marie Thusgaard DEN defended their lead. Charlotte Dobson/Saskia Tidey GBR advanced on rank 2.
The 470s and Finns begin their Final races today, and the still prevailing fresh westwind will certainly mix up the fleets. Racing can be followed livestream on our website.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, August 5, 2018
Sunday, August 5, 2018   

Windsurfing - PWA World Tour - Grand Slam - Fuerteventura ESP - Final results

 Windsurfing - PWA World Tour - Grand Slam - Fuerteventura ESP - Final results Not enough wind on the last day of the Slalom Fuerteventura Grand Slam. After 4 heats, the dominating winner was once more Antoine Albeau FRA ahead of Matteo Iachino ITA and Pierre Montefon FRA. With this outcome, Albeau joined Iachino in the Annual Rankings and the decision for the Slalom Worlds title will be made during the last event on Sylt in October.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, August 4, 2018
Saturday, August 4, 2018   (Image © PWA - John Carter)

Windsurfing - PWA World Tour - Grand Slam - Fuerteventura ESP - Day 8

 Windsurfing - PWA World Tour - Grand Slam - Fuerteventura ESP - Day 8 Very variable wind condtions on Fuerteventura yesterday, and in a 15-20kn breeze, only 3 preliminaries of the 5th Slalom heat could be sailed. The wind forecast for today is not much better and it remains to be seen, whether the 5th heat can be completed. Antoine Albeau FRA with his 4 bullets is already now the preliminary winner of the Fuerte Slalom competition.
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