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News – Sunday, December 17, 2017
Sunday, December 17, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 7

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 7 With the Iceberg Exclusion Zone moved North by VOR Race Management, the fleet is about to pass the Kerguelen Islands northwardly. The positions remained unchanged with 'Dongfeng' of Charles Caudrelier FRA leading 6nm ahead of 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). 'Vestas' (Charlie Enright USA) 60nm behind is on rank 3. Far back in the fleet 300nm behind the leader, 'AkzoNobel' with Simeon Tienpont NED resumed racing after the successful refix of the detatched track onto the mast.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017   (Image © Patrick Deroualle)

Women's International Match Racing Series 2017 - Act 4 - Tourville FRA - Final results

 Women's International Match Racing Series 2017 - Act 4 - Tourville FRA - Final results After dominating the Round Robins, Pauline Courtois FRA remained in command yesterday in the Finals with a 3-1 victory over Anne-Claire Le Berre FRA. Winner in the Petite Final for rank 3, Margot Vennin FRA had the upper hand on Allie Blecher USA with 2-1. Winning this last Act, Pauline Courtois FRA moved on top of the Annual Match Race Series Championship rankings ahead of Renée Groenveld NED and Trine Palludan DEN on the ranks 2 and 3.
The ranking lists, the final report and the video of the day.
 
News – Saturday, December 16, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017   

Nacra 15 - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Gold for Max Wallenberg/Amanda Björk SUI/Societe Nautique of Geneva

 Nacra 15 - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Gold for Max Wallenberg/Amanda Björk SUI/Societe Nautique of Geneva Never before, the decisions at a Youth Sailing World Championship were as narrow as yesterday in China. In the Nacra 15 catamarans for Mixed Teams used for the first time, the decision was made on the finish line only. With the Swiss team crossing the line as 5th, it was all about the finish of the leading Australians Shannon and Jayden Dalton AUS arriving as 8th, just not enough, as - now at equal points with the Swiss - the tie was broken in favour of Max Wallenberg/Amanda Björk, members of the Youth Squad of the Societe Nautique of Geneva (two-times America's Cup winner). The news of World Sailing.
With his World Champion's title only two years after winning the Optimist Worlds, Max Wallenberg SUI success is historical, as he is the first winning a title only two years after migrating to a higher youth class !
The news by the Swiss Team.
Saturday, December 16, 2017   

29er, 420, Laser Radial, Nacra 15, RS:X-Windsurfer - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Final Day - most successful US Youth Worlds Team

 29er, 420, Laser Radial, Nacra 15, RS:X-Windsurfer - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Final Day - most successful US Youth Worlds Team The 2017 Youth World Sailing Championship in Sanya, China (December 11-16) concluded on Friday, closing the books on a successful week by the U.S. Youth Worlds Team. American sailors won three medals in nine classes, nearly added a fourth, and finished third in the Nation’s Trophy standings, the highest finish by the United States in many years.
The US Sailing Report, all ranking lists and the event website.
Saturday, December 16, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 42

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 42 480nm, roughly 20hrs, are left this morning UTC to terminate the round-the-world record attempt successfully. In the night on Sunday, François Gabart will realize the fabulous time of 42 days and some hours crossing the traditional Ouessant FRA - Lizzard GBR finish line off the Brittany Coast. With this solo-record-time, he is only about two days slower than the absolute record of Francis Joyon FRA and his team. Yesterday, Gabart lost some speed searching for the best way around the Acores High, and his 24-hours distance was down on 503nm.
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Saturday, December 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 6

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 6 The 7 boats' fleet is about to approach the Kerguelen Islands in the South Indian Ocean this morning UTC. Drift-ice warnings prompted the Race Director to move the Exclusion Zone border up on roughly the 45th parallel. Fresh winds over 30kn have driven the teams at high speeds, more and more stretched over a longer distance. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA extended her lead on 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) slightly on 11nm. 'Vestas' with Charlie Enright USA on 3rd is already 65nm behind.
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Saturday, December 16, 2017   (Image © Patrick Deroualle)

Women's International Match Racing Series - Act 4 - Tourville FRA - Day 5

 Women's International Match Racing Series - Act 4 - Tourville FRA - Day 5 The Quarter and the first Semi Finals were sailed in Tourville FRA yesterday again in gusty winds. Pauline Courtois FRA, dominator of the Round Robins, leads in her Semi Final against Allie Blecher USA mit 2-0, as is the lead of Anne-Claire Le Berre FRA versus Margot Vennin FRA. Today is the crucial day.
The results and the daily news.
 
News – Friday, December 15, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017   

29er, 420, Laser Radial, Nacra 15, RS:X-Windsurfer - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Final Day - Italy ahead of USA Nations' Trophy winner

 29er, 420, Laser Radial, Nacra 15, RS:X-Windsurfer - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Final Day - Italy ahead of USA Nations' Trophy winner Finishing 5th in today's final race, Max Wallenberg/Amanda Björk SUI moved on top of the Nacra-15-catamaran rankings winning the Youth World Champion's title. Only two years after his Optimist World Champion's title, Max Wallenberg has reached another peak in his young career. The previously leading Shannon Dalton/Jaden Dalton AUS had to content themselves with rank 2 at equal points. Bronze went to Lucas Caessens/Anne Vandenberghe BEL.
In the 420 Boys, Otto Henry/Rome Featherstone AUS finished on top ahead of Thomas Rice/Trevor Bornarth USA winning Silver. Bronze went to Ido Billik/Noam Homri ISR. In the 420 women, Carmen and Emma Crowles USA clearly earned the title with a 12 points' lead over Violette Dorange/Camille Orion FRA and Arianna Passamonti/Giulia Fava ITA with Silver and Bronze.
In the 29er-Boys, Gold goes to France with Théo Revil/Gautier Guevel FRA. Mathias Berthet/Alexander Franks NOR and Santiago Duncan/Elias Dalli ARG followed on the ranks 2 and 3. In the 29er Girls, Margherita Porro/Sofia Leoni ITA were the premature Champions before the last race today. In a tight battle, Zoya Novikova/Diana Sabirova RUS grasped Silver one point ahead of Jasmin May Galbraith/Chloe Fisher AUS.
Leader change in the last race of the Lasers Radial where Maor Ben Hrosh ISR climbed on top of the Boys rankings. Daniil Krutskikh RUS und Guido Gallinari ITA followed on the ranks 2 and 3. In the Radial Girls, Charlotte Rose USA succeeded to defend rank 1 ahead of the defending Champion Dolores Moreira URU who had to content herself with rank 2 at equal points. Bronze went to Daisy Collingridge GBR.
The decision in the Windsurfers was very close. In the Boys, Yoav Cohen ISR earned the title one point ahead of Hao Chen CHN. Bronze went to Sil Hoekstra NED. In the Girls, Emma Wilson GBR is the Champion with Giorgia Speciale ITA on rank 2 with the same number of points. Ting Yu CHN followed as 3rd.
Winner in the Nations' Rankings is Italy ahead of ISR and USA among the 60 nations.
All ranking lists and the event website.
Friday, December 15, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - Day 41 - François Gabart FRA, ETA tomorrow evening

 Solo Around the World Record - Day 41 - François Gabart FRA, ETA tomorrow evening 900nm were left to the finish line off the Ouessant island this morning UTC for François Gabart FRA. With his Trimaran 'Macif', he will be smashing the record of Thomas Coville FRA being six days faster and only two days slower as Francis Joyon FRA with his absolute round-the-world record for teams !
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Friday, December 15, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 5

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 5 On day 5 of leg 3, the fleet was challenged by the typical Roaring-Forty conditions with a 35-50kn wind and a 10 meter swell providing for top speeds but at the same time loading heavily on the boat and equipment. 'AkzoNobel' of Simeon Tienpont NED was forced to lower the main sail after a failed gybe as among other smaller damages, the track came off the mast. The video. A repair seems to be possible, but a major setback in the rankings is inevitable. Still clearly in the lead are the two boats on the extreme South close to the iceberg exclusion zone i.e. 'Dongfeng' (Charles Caudrelier FRA) and 5nm behind 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP). 'Vestas' sailing on 3rd is 100nm behind.
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Friday, December 15, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA rescued

 Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA rescued After the capsize of with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Actual' two hours after the Cape Horn rounding, Yves Le Blevec FRA was rescued by a helicopter of the Chilean Coast Guard. In a not excepitionally strong wind around 30kn and 5-6 meter waves, a strutting of the port hull of his trimaran broke and caused the rollover.
The news.
 
News – Thursday, December 14, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017   

29er, 420, Laser Radial, Nacra 15, RS:X-Windsurfer - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Day 4

 29er, 420, Laser Radial, Nacra 15, RS:X-Windsurfer - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Day 4 Today's racing is fully on at the Youth Worlds in Sanya CHN this morning UTC.
The 420 Girls have already completed their program and Carmen and Emma Cowles USA clearly remain on top with two 2nd race ranks and the advantage up on 12 points in front of Violette Dorange/Camille Orion FRA.
In the 29er Girls, the lead of Margherita Porro/Sofia Leoni ITA is now 29 points ahead of Maiwenn Jacquin/Enora Percheron FRA new on rank 2.
In the Nacra 15, Max Wallenberg/Amanda Björk SUI had a clear lead but an 11th place this morning relegated them on 2nd with a 3 points' deficit on Shannon and Jayden Dalton AUS. Nevertheless, the fight for the title remains open.
All other classes will sail during the coming hours and the results will be updated by noon UTC.
All ranking lists, the news and the video of yesterday.
Thursday, December 14, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 40

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 40 1'370nm were left this morning UTC to the Ouessant FRA - Lizard GBR finish line for François Gabart FRA and if the good conditions persist, he will have established the now solo round-the-world record next Saturday, only two days slower as the record for teams ! In the North of the Acores anticyclone, he will reach westerly winds taking him to France.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 3 - Day 4 The splitted fleet is about to possibly avoid the strong frontal system with heavy winds with now four boats heading South squeezed between the depression and the iceberg exclusion zone, and three boats on a northern route to avoid the rough conditions. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA gybed even more South during the night as did the leading 'Mapfre' with Xabi Fernandez afterwards as well to avoid the worst. Extreme in the North is Dee Caffari GBR with 'Turn the tide on plastic' opting for the prudent way to deviate the front. The coming very challenging hours will be crucial for the teams' positions: Will the aggressive South or the prudent North be paying ?
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Thursday, December 14, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA capsized

 Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA capsized After 20 days down the Atlantic Ocean, Yves Le Blevec FRA rounded Cape Horn this morning UTC with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Actual' ...... and in the rough part of the record attempt with the stiff 30-50kn westerly winds and huge waves, his Trimaran was turned over unfortunately ..... He is safe inside the boat waiting for rescue.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017   (Image © Patrick Deroualle)

Women's International Match Race Series 2017 - Act 4 - Tourville FRA - Day 2

 Women's International Match Race Series 2017 - Act 4 - Tourville FRA - Day 2 Unconstant and gusty winds prevailed yesterday during the last races of Round Robin one. Half of the duels of Round Robin two have already been completed.
Pauline Courtois FRA was on the first position after RR1 with a 9-1 score. In RR2, she is again dominating with 5-0. Anne-Claire Le Berre FRA follows with 5-1 w/l. Allie Blecher USA is forth. By this evening, the pairings of the Quarter Finals will be known.
The results, the daily news and the video of the day.
Thursday, December 14, 2017   

Olympic Classes - Sail Sydney - Sydney AUS - Final results

Sail Sydney was terminated this morning UTC with the last races.
Living up to their reputation, Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS won all 8 races in the 470s. In the Finns, the only class with a European participation, Jake Lilley AUS finished first ahead of Max Salminen SWE. Sam Meech NZL finished on top of the Lasers Standard, while in the Radials, it was Marlena Berzins AUS winning the regatta. Joel Turner/David Gilmour AUS were first in the 49ers and winning 10 of the 12 races, Alexandra Maloney/Molly Meech NZL dominated the small 49erFX fleet. Clear winners in the Nacra-17 were the Olympic medalists Jason Waterhouse/Lisa Darmanin AUS.
All ranking lists and the event website. As from today, the youth classes start with their Sail Sydney heats.
 
News – Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017   

29er, 420, Laser Radial, Nacra 15, RS:X-Windurfer - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Day 3

 29er, 420, Laser Radial, Nacra 15, RS:X-Windurfer - Youth World Championship 2017 - Sanya CHN - Day 3 Racing of day three of the Youth Sailing World Championship on the Chinese Holiday Island Sanya is on this morning UTC with the Boys starting the Wednesday program.
In the 420s, the two races have been completed with Otto Henry/Rome Featherstone USA remaining on top inspite of a mediocre 15th place. Ido Bilik/Noam Omri ISR reduced the gap on rank 1 to 4 points thanks to a race win.
The 29ers finished two races up to now. With the ranks 1 and 7, Rok Verderber/Klemen Semelbauer SLO are the new leaders ahead of Ville Korhonen/Robin Berner FIN 6 points back.
The Laser-Radial-Boys finished their first race of the day and with a 4th race rank, Daniil Krutskikh RUS has taken the overall lead, replacing Guido Gallinaro ITA who is now 2nd with a 5 points' backlog. The Radial Girls have sailed their first heat as well. Charlotte Rose USA defended her first place but the defending Champion Dolores Moreira URU reduced her backlog to one point thanks to winning the race. Luciana Cardozo ARG on the 3rd place is already 18 points behind.
In the RS:X Boys windsurfers, Yoav Cohen is up on top with a race win. Hao Chen CHN follows at equal points on rank 2. In the RS:X Girls, Giorgia Speciale ITA stays on top 3 points ahead of Emma Wilson GBR.
The 420 and 29ers Girls will sail their races in the afternoon. Carmen and Emma Cowles USA lead in the 420s after 4 races. In the 29er Girls, Margherita Porro/Sofia Leoni ITA are first.
In the Nacra 15, Lucas Claeyssens/Anne Vandenberghe BEL are 4 points ahead of Shannon Dalton/Jayden Dalton AUS. Max Wallenberg/Amanda Björk SUI on 3rd are another point back.
All ranking lists and the news.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017   

Melges 20, J/70 - Sportboat Winter Series, Act 3 - Monaco MON - Final Results

 Melges 20, J/70 - Sportboat Winter Series, Act 3 - Monaco MON - Final Results Over the past weekend, the third Act of the Monaco Sportboat Winter Series was held, and in moderate winds, two races were completed.
Valeria Kovalenko RUS finished again first in the J/70s with the ranks 1 and 3 and extended her overall lead in the Winter-Series-rankings. Stefano Roberti ITA was 2nd ahead of the tied Jacques Leveque SUI.
The Melges 20 race looked like the Russian Championship with 8 RUS-boats among the 12 participants. Dmitri Samokhin RUS won the regatta ahead of Luca Fassitelli ITA.
The news.
The next Act of the Monaco Winter Series will be sailed in January.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 39

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 39 Another fast day in the northern trade winds with 690nm in 24hrs and François Gabart with his Maxi-Trimaran is already approaching the Acores that he will bypass West. The westerly winds will most probably drive him back home, 1'929nm away this morning UTC by Friday evening. His advantage on the record has grown to 2'567nm, roughly 5 days.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 19

 Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 19 Yves Le Blevec FRA is close to Cape Horn and early tomorrow UTC, the Trimaran 'Actual' will round this first waypoint of his record attempt to round the Globe in the 'wrong direction' from East to West. For several days already, Le Blevec has been forced to sail upwind, a first getting familiar with the conditions he will meet during the coming rough weeks.
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