Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, April 27, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017   (Image © Pedro Martinez)

Olympic Worldcup 2017 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Day 2

 Olympic Worldcup 2017 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Day 2 A 10-15 kn wind prevailed on the second day of the Hyères Worldcup, similar in strength as on the opening day, but from a different direction. The westerly breeze from the shore created challenging conditions.
In the 470 men, the leading teams Mantis/Kagialis GRE and 2 points behind Belcher/Ryan AUS extended their overall leads with the day ranks 1 and 3 in their groups. Fock/Dackhammar SWE and Xammar/Rodriguez ESP follow at equal points on rank 3. With two race wins, Afrodite Zegers/Aneloes Van Veen NED replaced Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI on top of the 470 women rankings. Silvia Mas-Depares/Patricia Cantero ESP follow at equal points on rank 3.
Three teams lead at equal points in the 49er rankings: Fletcher/Bithell GBR, Lange/Lange ARG and Botin/Lopez ESP dominate the fleet. In the 49ersFX, the Olympic Champions Grael/Kunze BRA have now a 6 points' lead.
Ben Cornish GBR and Nicholas Heiner NED are on top of the Finns with the same number of points. Alican Kaynar TUR advanced on rank 3. Here the news of the Finn class. Moana Vaireaux/Manon Audinet FRA are first in the Nacra 17 5 points ahead of Fernando Echevarri/Tara Pacheco ESP.
Best of the day in the RS:X men windsurfers was again Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI with the ranks 1 and 3 and leads overall with one point ahead of Shahar Zubari ISR. In the RS:X women windsurfers, Noga Geller ISR remains on top, but Zofia Noceti-Kleopacka POL has reduced the backlog on one point.
The Laser news follow below.

The results of the best North Americans by nation:
470 men: Rogers/Parkin USA 17th
470 women: -
49er: -
49erFX: -
Finn: Tom Ramshaw CAN 7th
Formula Kite: Daniela Moroz USA 14th (best woman), Catherine Dufour CAN 19th
Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 9th, Robert Davies CAN 42nd
Laser Radial: Haddon Hughes USA 38th, Coraile Vittecoq CAN 54th
Nacra 17: -
RS:X men: Juan Bosco Varela Barba MEX 31st
RS:X women: Demita Vega De Lille MEX 12th

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Racing can be followed live via GPS tracking beginning at 10h UTC.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017   

Olympic Worldcup 2017 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Day 1

 Olympic Worldcup 2017 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Day 1 Moderate winds around 10 kn prevailed yesterday on Hyères Bay during the first races of the second 2017 Worldcup event, and the light-wind specialists had their day.
Mantis/Kagialis GRE lead in the 470 men one point ahead of Xammar/Rodriguez ESP. Linda Fahrni/Maja Siegenthaler SUI are first in the 470 women 3 points in front of Silvia Mas-Depares/Patricia Cantero ESP.
The skiffs sailed 3 races. Leaders in the 49ers are Klaus and Iago Lange ARG, and in the 49ersFX, the Olympic Champions Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are on top.
The Finn leader is Ben Cornish GBR ahead of Nicolas Heiner NED and Tom Ramshaw CAN. The best Nacra 17 team are Moana Vaireaux/Manon AudinetFRA ahead of Lin Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN.
A Swiss lead also in the RS:X men windsurfers where Mateo Sanz-Lanz SUI won 2 of the 3 races. Two race wins also for Noga Geller ISR on the first place of the RS:X women windsurfers.
The Laser results follow below.

The results of the best North Americans by nation:
470 men: Rogers/Parkin USA 9th
470 women: -
49er: -
49erFX: -
Finn: Tom Ramshaw CAN 3rd
Formula Kite: Daniela Moroz USA 11th (best woman), Catherine Dufour CAN 19th
Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 16th, Robert Davies CAN 34th
Laser Radial: Haddon Hughes USA 36th, Coraile Vittecoq CAN 52nd
Nacra 17: -
RS:X men: Juan Bosco Varela Barba MEX 33rd
RS:X women: Demita Vega De Lille MEX 21st

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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017   

Olympic Worldcup 2017 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Start today

 Olympic Worldcup 2017 - Semaine Olympique - Hyères FRA - Start today Light winds will probably prevail today on Hyères Bay for the first races of the second Olympic Classes Worldcup event of the year. 536 participants from 51 nations are on the entry lists, among them many Olympic medalists, but also - as always in a post-Olympic year - many new faces and new-composed teams.
All races can be followed live via GPS tracking. The official preview.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017   

Windsurfing - Marco Polo Cup - Slalom - Hyères FRA - Final results

 Windsurfing - Marco Polo Cup - Slalom - Hyères FRA - Final results Two Slalom races were completed on Easter Sunday on Almanarre Bay off Hyères FRA in a moderate 18 kn Mistral without major changes in the rankings.
Jordy Vonk NED is the clear overall winner ahead of Ethan Westera NED/Aruba and Sebastian Kördel GER. Karin Jaggi SUI (rank 29) is on top of the women's rankings.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, April 15, 2017
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, April 14, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017   

Kite Boarding - Worldcup 2017 - Mondial du Vent - Leucate FRA - Day 2

 Kite Boarding - Worldcup 2017 - Mondial du Vent - Leucate FRA - Day 2 The Kite-Boarder Freestyle competition at the Leucate Mondial du Vent began yesterday in good Tramontana wind conditions from the shore. At the same time, the Windsurfers started to a Super-8-race, lasting 45 minutes with the driver with the most rounds completed as winner. In the Kite-Freestylers, the leading duo Aaron Hadlow GBR and Nicolas Delmas FRA was qualified for the Final. Their opponents will be selected in today's Repechage.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017   

Kite Boarding - Freestyle Youth World Championship - St-Pierre-sur Mer FRA - Final results

 Kite Boarding - Freestyle Youth World Championship - St-Pierre-sur Mer FRA - Final results The Kiteboarding Freestyle Youth World Championship was concluded on Sunday with the Freestyle Finals and a Border-Cross-Race. Maxime Chabloz SUI finished first in the U19-classifications defeating Christian Tio PHI in the Final. All other titles were won by French athletes.
The news with ranking lists (top 3).
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, April 9, 2017
Sunday, April 9, 2017   

Kite Boarding - Freestyle Youth World Championship - St-Pierre-sur Mer FRA Day 2

 Kite Boarding - Freestyle Youth World Championship - St-Pierre-sur Mer FRA Day 2 No wind in St-Pierre FRA yesterday on the second day of the Kiteboarding Freestyle Youth World Championship and the first Finals had to be postponed on today.
The French dominate in the U-16-rankings. In the U19-classification the duel for victory is between the Philipino Christian Tio PHI and Maxime Chabloz SUI.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, April 8, 2017
Saturday, April 8, 2017   

Kite Boarding - Freestyle Youth World Championship - St-Pierre-sur Mer FRA Day 1

 Kite Boarding - Freestyle Youth World Championship - St-Pierre-sur Mer FRA Day 1 The Junior World Championship of the Kiteboarding Freestylers began yesterday in St-Pierre at the French Mediterranean coast in a fresh Tramontana allowing to complete 56 heats. The French drivers dominated the U16 category. In the U19, the Final will be held today between Christian Tio PHI and Maxime Chabloz SUI.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017   (Image © Sebastian Tron)

Kite Boarding - Hydro-Foil Pro Tour 2017 - Act 1 - La Ventana MEX - Final results

 Kite Boarding - Hydro-Foil Pro Tour 2017 - Act 1 - La Ventana MEX - Final results The Kite-Foil-Professionals kicked-off their Annual Championship in Mexico during the past week. In summery conditions with a fresh seeabreeze, the winner was Maxime Nocher MON ahead of Oliver Bridge GBR and Axel Masella FRA. 57 kiters from 23 nations participated. First in the women's rankings (6 drivers/5 nations) was Daniele Moroz USA.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, April 2, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

Olympic Classes - Trofeo Princesa Sofia - Palma de Mallorca ESP - Final results, McNay/Hughes USA 6th in 470s

 Olympic Classes - Trofeo Princesa Sofia - Palma de Mallorca ESP - Final results, McNay/Hughes USA 6th in 470s For a change after a week with mostly light winds, a fresh breeze partly exceeding 25 kn filled in during the Medal Races yesterday on Palma Bay. The Race Officer cancelled racing for the 'modern' 49ers and Nacra 17-catamarans after the 49erFX Medal Race where only 2 of the 10 participants survived, the winners Viktoria Jurczok/Anika Lorenz GER trailing over the finish line with a broken mast.
In the Final of the best 5 Finns, Max Salminen SWE had the upper hand. In the 470 men, Isozaki/Takayanagi JPN moved on top as the leading Fock/Dackhammar SWE and the 2nd Xammar/Rodriguez ESP finished down in the fleet on 6th and 8t and dropped 1 respectively 2 points behind the Japanese. McNay/Hughes USA could not improve their rankings and terminate the Trofeo on rank 6. Afrodite Zegers NED - a concert pianist by profession - together with Anneloes Van Veen NED defended the first place in the 470 women as 2nd behind the race winners Skrcypulek/Ogar POL remaining on rank 2 overall. The Polish big-breeze specialists had their day in the RS:X windsurfers. The Finals, sailed by the best three athletes after two knock-out rounds, were won by Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL ahead of Manhjia Zheng CHN and Stefania Elfutina RUS, and Pawel Tarnowski POL ahead of Ivan Pastor ESP and Taehoon Lee KOR.
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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, April 1, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017   (Image © Jesus Renedo)

Olympic Classes - Trofeo Princesa Sofia - Palma de Mallorca ESP - Day 5, McNay/Hughes USA 470 and Charlie Buckingham USA Laser make the Medal Race

 Olympic Classes - Trofeo Princesa Sofia - Palma de Mallorca ESP - Day 5, McNay/Hughes USA 470 and Charlie Buckingham USA Laser make the Medal Race All classes concluded the Qualification or Final Series - some of them testing new formats - to determine the participants of today's Medal Races.
In the Finns, the leading duo of the Qualifications plus the best three of the ranks 3-8 sailing a Repechage will fight for the Medals, i.e. Alican Kaynar TUR, Deniss Karpak EST, Max Salminen SWE, Zsombor Berecz HUN and Nick Heiner NED. The Top Ten of the RS:X-Windsurfers sail Quarter- and Semi Finals with the best three sailing a Final for the Medals. In some classes, the winners all prematurely known already: Victoria Jurczok/Anika Lorenz GER cannot loose their first place in the three Medal Races of the 49ersFX, and the same is true for Fernando Echevarri/Tara Pacheco ESP in the Nacra-17.
In the 470 men however, the outcome is still open with Fock/Dackhammar SWE in pole position 5 points ahead of Jordi Xammar/Nicolas Rodriguez ESP and 9 points ahead of Isozaki/Takayanagi JPN. Also 5 points in the lead are Afrodite Zegers/Anneloes Van Veen NED in the 470 women ahead of Skrzypulec/Ogar POL and 8 points in front of Mas-Depares /Cantero ESP. In the 49ers, Sterritt/Peters GBR are only one point ahead of Diego Botin/Iago Lopez ESP.
For the Qualification Series winners in the RS:X windsurfers, Ivan Pastor ESP and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka POL, the competition will recommence according to the new test format with the 10 drivers qualified for the Medal Race at zero points.
Laser results, see below.

The results of the best North Americans by nation:
470 men: Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA 6th, Wiley Rogers/Jack Parkin USA 26th
49er: Andrew Mollerus/Matthew Mollerus USA 24th
Finn: Tom Ramshaw CAN 24th, Luke Muller USA 27th
Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 5th, Robert Davis CAN 34th, Pedro L. Fernandez PUR 75th, Yanic Gentry MEX 94th
Laser Radial: Brenda Bowskill CAN 13th, Erika Reineke USA 16th
Nacra-17: Enrique Figueroa/Franchesca Valdes PUR 18th
RS:X men: Pedro Pascual Suitt USA 37th
RS:X women: Farrah Hall USA 49th

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