International Sailing – Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 4

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 4 Yesterday, the Quarter Finals were on the program the WIM in Busan KOR. Anna Östling SWE, Lucy McGregor GBR, Pauline Courtois FRA and Trine Palludan DEN clearly qualified for the Semi Finals all with a 3-0 score. The Semis are already underway this morning UTC. The domination of the unbeaten Trine Palludan DEN continues with a 2-0 lead on Anna Östling SWE. The match Lucy McGregor GBR and Pauline Courtois FRA was 1-1 at press deadline this morning.
The results and the event website with reports.
Friday, November 17, 2017   

Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St-Barth FRA - Day 1

 Beach-Catamarans - Cata-Tour - St-Barth FRA - Day 1 The Cata-Cup on the French Caribbean island St-Barthelemy, attracting every year a number of teams to enjoy some warm and sunny days, began yesterday with a 20nm race around the island. The favorites have taken the lead with the Tornado World Champions Iordanis Paschalidis/ Konstantinos Trigkonis GRE as first, overtaking the constantly leading Pierre Le Clainche/Antoine Joubert FRA just before the finish line. On rank 3 followed Franck Cammas/Matthieu Vandame FRA. 49 teams from 12 nations participate.
The results, the news (in French) and the video of the day.
International Sailing – Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 3

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 3 The Round Robin at the WIM in Busan was concluded this morning UTC and the Quarter Finals are now underway. The stellar winner of the Round Robin with 11-0 W/L, Trine Palludan DEN, will meet Sarah Parker AUS in the Quarters. The other three matches were all 1-0 at press deadline: Anna Östling SWE leads over Renée Groenveld NED, Lucy McGregor GBR over Caroline Sylvan SWE and Pauline Courtois FRA over Marinella Laaksonen FIN.
The results and the event website.
Thursday, November 16, 2017   

New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA - the video

 New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA - the video Have a look at the short video documenting the new Kiteboarding Speed World Record of Alex Caizergues FRA, rushing thru the speed channel in the Giraud Salines at an average speed of 57,97 kn.
International Sailing – Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA

 New Kiteboard World Record: 57.97kn - Les Salins de Giraud FRA We reported yesterday on the new Kiteboard Speed World-Record established on Monday. With 57,97kn (107,32 km/h), Alexandre Caizergues FRA was over one knot faster compared with his previous record. In the coming days, the wind will be rather light. The channel will be open for more record attempts until December 3. Tomorrow, the fastest American Kiter Rob Douglas USA will arrive.
The official report (in French).
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2

 Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2 Fresh and gusty winds prevailed on the second day of the Busan WIM Series. The Round Robin has not yet been completed but the positions are clear with Trine Paludan DEN on top with a 8-0 score. Lucy McGregor GBR has concluded the Round and occupies rank 2 with 8-3 W/L. Seven wins have Pauline Courtois FRA and Caroline Sylvan SWE.
The results and the daily news.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017   

Match Racing - Women's International Match Racing Series - Busan KOR - Day 2, the Swiss

Fresh and gusty winds prevailed on the second day of the Busan WIM Series. The Round Robin has not yet been completed but the positions are clear with Trine Paludan DEN on top with a 8-0 score. Lucy McGregor GBR has concluded the Round and occupies rank 2 with 8-3 W/L. Seven wins have Pauline Courtois FRA and Caroline Sylvan SWE. With a 3-8 score, Alexa Bezel SUI (with Fiona Testuz SUI, Manon Kivell SUI, Bérénice Charrez SUI and Nicole Bolliger SUI) missed the Quarter Final qualification as 10th overall.
The results and the daily news.
International Sailing – Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Speed-Kiting - Les Salins de Grimaud FRA - 57,97kn - new Kiteboard speed record

 Speed-Kiting - Les Salins de Grimaud FRA - 57,97kn - new Kiteboard speed record Not only in Namibia, but also in the Camargue/South of France, speed record attempts have been started. A very strong Mistral of up to 60kn did set the stage for top speeds. Sailing with a 6,4 m2-Kite, Alex Caizergues FRA established a new speed record for kiteboarders with 57,97kn (107,32 km/h). The record attempts will continue until December 3rd.
The news.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017   

Foiling Technology - for more than 100 years a topic - documentary film

The foiling technology has changed high-performance sailing in the past 10 years. Beginning with the flying Moths, more and more boats have been equipped with foils, from smaller and larger multihulls and dinghies to the America's Cuppers, Ocean Racers and wind- and kitesurfer boards, allowing to race at superior speeds.
The documentary film 'Flying Boats' presents the history of the foiler technology, beginning in the early 20th Century already. On November 21, the Premiere of this film will take place at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne SUI, an evening dedicated to foiling with short presentations such as the flying experiences of 'Team Tilt' or the successful series-production foiling boats of the Quant Shipyard, the leading-edge boats in the Swiss regatta scene already now. The latest model, the Quant 17, will be exposed in Lucerne. Here the presentation video.
The foiling evening will begin at 18.15h CET in the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. Here the details.
International Sailing – Monday, November 13, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX. Technology in Sailing

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX. Technology in Sailing On the occasion of the World Sailing Annual Assembly in Mexico, Stan Honey and Richard Slater made an impressive presentation on 'Technology, Tracking, Telemetry and Electronic Umpiring'. Honey is not only an excellent sailor/navigator, but as a Stanford graduated engineer also a leading head regarding position tracking of any kind since 1978, as e.g. the ETAK project. Honey's CV (PDF) does not need any explanation.
The 40-minute presentation can be replayed within the video of the Friday session (begins after 6h 42min). While Stan Honey gives a short overview on the technology yesterday, today and in the future, Richard Slater presents the practical implementation at the Bermuda America's Cup as experienced from the teams' side as well as race direction and umpires.
Monday, November 13, 2017   

18-Footer - Spring Championship - Sydney AUS - Race 6

 18-Footer - Spring Championship - Sydney AUS - Race 6 Race 6 of the 18-Footer Spring Championship on Sydney Harbour was sailed yesterday in the freshest breeze so far, i.e. around 15kn. With 'Noakes Youth' of Kirk Mitchell/Daniel Barnett/Tim Westwood AUS, the sixth different team won a race, but the finish was very close as the surfing duel under spi ended with a 2sec difference leaving 'Panasonic Lumix' with Lachlan Doyle AUS on rank 2. Before the last race of the Championship on next Sunday, the first 6 teams are separated by 9 points in the overall rankings only.
The report with the full video and the link to the ranking lists.
Monday, November 13, 2017   

Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM

 Wind- & Kite-Surfing - Speed Challenge - Lüderitz NAM After several days without substancial winds, the weather forecast for today predicts 'normal Lüderitz conditions', and the chase for speed records will resume in Namibia. Normally, this seabreeze is building up during several days, and record speeds can be expected in the time ahead.
The event facebook page and a video interview with the record Kitesurfer Sébastien Cattelan FRA, who had launched the Lüderitz Speed-Week six years ago digging the speed channel with a bagger himself .... to fix a first world record with 55kn as a consequence.
International Sailing – Sunday, November 12, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX Full transparency at World Sailling !
World Sailing's Council concluded their meeting at the 2017 Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico yesterday Key reports on Committee activities and upcoming events were delivered and the submissions with recommendations of the expert committees were put forward to the Council for vote. Decisions were made on a wide range of topics that were not solely connected to the Olympic Games. Decisions on offshore sailing, keelboat racing, Para World Sailing and Racing Rules of Sailing were made as well. Here the Saturday Session Review with a summary of all decisions taken. The whole Session can be followed in a an integral video (9h30min).
Of interest for all sailing (and gaming) enthusiasts is the decicion to launch an eSailing World Championship. Here the report. To learn more about the details, see the 20min presentation before the Council decision on integral Session video (starting after 4hrs 58min).
A review of the Friday Session is available here as well, including also an integral 7-hour video.
Browse these videos to get a feeling, how decision making is done at World Sailing.
International Sailing – Saturday, November 11, 2017
Saturday, November 11, 2017   (Image © World Sailing)

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX World Sailing's Council met on Friday 10 November for the first of a two-day session at the 2017 Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. President Kim Andersen opened the meeting by delivering his Presidential report, as did the Vice-Presidents according to their funcional responsibilities. Find all details in the official daily news as well as in the integral video of the meeting.
International Sailing – Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 10, 2017   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX - Star Sailors League now a World Sailing Special Event

 World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX -  Star Sailors League now a World Sailing Special Event Yesterday at the World Sailing Annual Conference, the Star Sailors League was excepted as seventh Special Event, joining the Volvo Ocean Race, America's Cup, Extreme Sailing Series, World Match Racing Tour, PWA World Tour and the Global Kitesports Association's Freestyle World Tours. Special Event status ensures the world governing body formally recognises and sanctions the event. The Media Release
Starting on December 5, the SSL Final in Nassau is on the program. We shall broadcast is live on our website. The Star Sailors League has succeeded to become a role model for fleet race tracking, livestream, top-quality commentators, a perfect media coverage never reached in Olympic Regatta television. But improvement is ahead with SAP as Technology Partner of World Sailing.
International Sailing – Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017   

World Sailing - Annual Conference - Puerto Vallarta MEX - Marit Bouwmeester NED and Peter Burling NZL World Sailors of the Year

Yesterday, at the World Sailing Gala Dinner in Mexico, the World Sailors of the Year 2017 were proclaimed. The America's Cup winner Peter Burling NZL takes the title in the men, while the Laser Radial Olympic and World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED was elected in the women.
The video of the prize giving.
International Sailing – Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017   

World Sailing - Annual Conference 2017 - Puerto Vallarta MEX

 World Sailing - Annual Conference 2017 - Puerto Vallarta MEX On the past weekend, the Annual Conference of World Sailing began in Mexico. As usual, the different Committee debate on the many submissions received from National Authorities, Classes and the Executive Committee. On Friday and Saturday, Council deliberates and decides on the different proposals.
A live blog reports currently on the activities at the Conference in Mexico. The daily report of yesterday.
International Sailing – Monday, November 6, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017   

420 - Copa de España - Cádiz ESP - Final results

 420 - Copa de España - Cádiz ESP - Final results The Copa de España in Cádiz was concluded yesterday with two final races sailed in the Gold- and the Silverfleets. Elias Aretz/Pablo Garcia ESP defended their first position and finished first with a 3 points' lead on Laura Akrich/Clara Llabres ESP. 98 teams from 4 nations participated.
The ranking list of the Goldfleet and the Silverfleet, as well as the event website with photos.
Monday, November 6, 2017   

SB20, Diam 24, IRC - Novembre à Hyères - Hyères FRA - Final results

 SB20, Diam 24, IRC - Novembre à Hyères - Hyères FRA - Final results Fresh winds filled in on Hyères Bay on Saturday after the moderate conditions of Friday, and on Sunday, racing had to be abandoned prematurely as the upcoming Mistral was too strong.
In the largest fleet with 11 teams, SB20s, Robin Follin FRA and his team finished first. In the IRC-classifications, Christophe Barrué FRA on his Grand Soleil was the winner. The previously leading Michael Begher GER with his Longtze dropped on rank 4. With 5 bullets in 7 races, the winner in the Diam 24 was Valentin Bellet FRA clearly ahead of Maxime Blondeau FRA.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page with photos and videos.
International Sailing – Sunday, November 5, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017   (Image © Marta Rovatti)

Laser - Italia Cup 2018 - Ragusa ITA - Final results

 Laser - Italia Cup 2018 - Ragusa ITA - Final results The first Act of the Laser Italia Cups 2018 was concluded in Ragusa ITA on Sicily yesterday. In sun and good wind conditions around 12 kn, the three fleets completed 6 races each.
In the Lasers Standard (18 boats), Gianmarco Planchestainer ITA finished first with 5 race wins. Guido Gallinaro ITA won in the Lasers Radial (83 boats) with a 7 pts advantage on Federico Tocchi ITA. Federica Cattarozzi ITA as 11th was the best-ranked girl. In the largest fleet, the Lasers 4.7 (106 boats), the winner was Marco Stangoni ITA one point in front of Valerio Palamara ITA and another point on the duo Nicolo Nardera ITA and Philipp Tibaldo SUI at equal points on the ranks 3 and 4.
All ranking lists and the event website with pictures.
Sunday, November 5, 2017   

A-Cat - French National Championship 2017 - Maubuisson FRA - Final results

 A-Cat - French National Championship 2017 - Maubuisson FRA - Final results Lacking sufficient winds on the last day of the French A-Cat National Championship on Lake Hourtin (near Bordeaux), racing was cancelled and the rankings after 4 heats became final. Emmanuel Dode FRA finished as superior first, winning 3 of the 4 races. Jean-Louis Le Coq FRA and Matthias Dietz GER completed the podium. 48 Cats from 6 nations were present.
The ranking list and the event facebook page.
Sunday, November 5, 2017   

World Sailor of the Year 2017 - Voting open now !

 World Sailor of the Year 2017 - Voting open now ! The general Voting Window to select the World Sailor of the Year 2017 is open now until Tuesday, November 7.
The most cited favorite in the Men is the America's Cup winner Peter Burling NZL, btw also 2016 Olympic Champion in the 49ers, and with his crew Blair Tuke NZL already Sailor of the Year 2015. Tuke, also on the AC winning foiling catamaran, has not been nominated this time. Both are at present underway at the Ocean Race in different teams.
In the women, the Laser Radial World Champion Marit Bouwmeester NED and Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are the favorites.
The preview and the
voting link.
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