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News – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017   

470 - Japanese Championship 2017 - Enoshima JPN - Day 1

 470 - Japanese Championship 2017 - Enoshima JPN - Day 1 As a tune-up to the 470 Junior World Championship taking place on the 2020 Olympic waters in Tokyo JPN on the coming weekend, the 470 Japan National Championship began yesterday. 110 teams from 25 nations, among them the double Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS are on the entry list.
One race was sailed on the opening day, the fleet split in three Groups with Daichi Takayama/Kimihiko Imamura JPN, Tetsuya Isozaki/Akira Takayanagi JPN and Lucas Calabrese/Ian Macdiarmid USA as winners. The ranking list.
Today's races are already underway and the results will be posted during this morning on the event website. The event facebook page with pictures.
Sunday, August 20, 2017   (Image © Elena Razina)

Dragon - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Final results

 Dragon - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Final results Sufficient wind to complete two races prevailed on the final day of the Dragon European Championship on Lake Thoune yesterday. With the fresher breeze and the discard in effect, the ranking list changed substantially.
The new European Champions are Petro Andrade POR/ Bernardo Torres POR/Charles Nankin BRA sailing under GER flag. Dimitri Samokhin RUS, winner of the Swiss Championship a week ago, advanced on rank 2. Jewgenij Braslavets UKR and his team, sailing under UAE flag (United Arab Emirates) earned Bronze. The previous leaders Markus Brennecke/Jochen Schümann/ Ingo Borowski GER dropped on rank 5 as best Germans among the 60 teams.
The ranking list and the event facebook page with pictures.
Sunday, August 20, 2017   

Laser - Euromasters 2017 - Vidy SUI

 Laser - Euromasters 2017 - Vidy SUI The depression from the West on Friday evening changed the weather situation on Lake Geneva substantially and three races could be completed yesterday.
In the Lasers Standard, the former Finn World Champion Wolfgang Gerz GER defended his lead but the best of the day Roger Schulz GER joined Gerz point-wise on top. Robert Rönnback SUI is new on rank 3.
In the Radials, Marco Casalini GER extended his lead on 3 points. Corinne Lavalle FRA remains on the 2nd place. New on rank 3 is Jacques Perret SUI.
The event website with links to the ranking lists.
Sunday, August 20, 2017   (Image © James Robinson Taylor)

8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Final results

 8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Final results Fresh winds of up to 20 kn prevailed on the last day of the 8mIJ World Championship in Hankö NOR, but the podium did not change.
Avia Wilment GBR on the only (2014) boat underway was the clear winner ahead of Werner Deuring AUT, winner of the 'SIRA' rankings for yachts built before 1960. Lars Ingeberg NOR defended the 3rd place. HM King Harald of Norway (age 80) finished on the good 6th position.
The final ranking list and the event website.
Sunday, August 20, 2017   

Star - Grimsel-Race - Grimsel-Pass SUI - Day 1

 Star - Grimsel-Race - Grimsel-Pass SUI - Day 1 The weather change over Switzerland influenced obviously also the conditions on the Alps. A thick fog delayed the start of the first race, but after a while, two races could be completed, with the finish of the second one again in a thick fog.
With the ranks 1 and 3, Ben Sternberg/Joshua Revkin USA took the overall lead ahead of Roman Timm/Kaspar Huber SCMd and Bernhard Sofie Seger RCO at equal points on the ranks 2 and 3. 10 Starboats particiipate .... there is no room for more on the small Lake Death on top of the Grimsel Pass (7'100 ft a.s/l). The ranking list (PDF).
Sunday, August 20, 2017   

Windsurfing - 40th Engadine Marathon 2017 - Silvaplana SUI

 Windsurfing - 40th Engadine Marathon 2017 - Silvaplana SUI No news on the Engadine Surf Marathon on the program yesterday, but probably, the start was postponed on today due to lack of sufficient wind. Nevertheless, th Legends' Competition with the past Marathon Winners was held with Mark Thoms NED as winner ahead of Gonzalo Costa ARG and Richard Stauffacher SUI.
The results.
Sunday, August 20, 2017   

SRS - La Galérienne - GCN Auvernier

 SRS - La Galérienne - GCN Auvernier A big fleet paricipated yesterday in the Galérienne in Auvernier/Lake Nechâtel.
In the TCF1,2 and X-rankings (14 teams), Jean-Louis Frei BT finished first with his Luthi ahead of Jacques Blanc MY on a Farr 280 and Michel Matthey on a Luthi 38'2. In the TCF3 4-rankings (14 teams), Tom Studer CVN on his Dolphin finished first ahead of André Bechler WCM on a Brenta 30. In the not measured boats (12 teams), Beat Furrer AVP on his 6mIJ finished first.
All ranking lists.
 
News – Saturday, August 19, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017   

Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Final results

 Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Final results Fresh winds prevailed also on the final day of the Laser Radial Youth World Championship on the Ijssell-Meer during the last two races. With the second discard activated, the rankings changed considerably.
Gold in the Boys went to Dimitris Papadimitriou GRE with ranks 1 and 2 yesterday resulting in a 27 points advantage overall with the second discard. Matias Dietrich ARG defended rank 2 by a small margin on Nicholas Bezy HKG new on the 3rd place. Josh Armit NZL with the same number of points had to content himself with rank 4, but he earned Gold in the U17-classification. Zac Littlewood AUS and Nico Naujock GER completed the U17 podium.
Gold for Hannah Anderssohn GER in the Girls' rankings 2 points ahead of Dolores Moreira Fraschini URU and Charlotte Rose USA, best of the day with the ranks 1 and 2, up on rank 3.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Saturday, August 19, 2017   (Image © Elena Razina)

Drachen - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Day 4

 Drachen - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Day 4 Another day with only a light thermal breeze during a short moment, and only one race could be held. Stephan Link GER (with Frank Butzmann GER) was the winner advancing on rank 3 overall. Markus Brennecke GER (with Jochen Schümann GER) remains on top but Pedro Andrade POR reduced the gap on one point.
The ranking list .
Saturday, August 19, 2017   (Image © Yves Ryncki)

Laser - Euro-Masters - Vidy SUI - Day 1

 Laser - Euro-Masters - Vidy SUI - Day 1 The Swiss Round of the 2017 Euromasters began yesterday on Lake Geneva in light winds and all fleets completed one race in a 5 kn breeze.
In the Lasers Standard (16 participants/3 nations), Wolfgang Gerz GER was first ahead of Yan Perret SUI and Reinhard Noack GER, the best in the Radials (10 participants/4 nations) was Marco Casalini GER. Ute Noack GER and Corinne Lavalle FRA follow on the ranks 2 and 3. The best Swiss Jacquers Perret SUI was on rank 4.
All ranking lists and the news.
Saturday, August 19, 2017   (Image © James Robinson Taylor)

8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Day 5

 8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Day 5 Two races were held yesterday after the lay day and both heats were won by Avia Willment GBR. She is the only participant in the category 'Modern' with a boat built in 2014. The situation in the 'Sira category' (built in 1960 or earlier), Werner Deuring AUT, second overall, remains on top, but Lars Ingeberg NOR, the Olympia medalist Terry McLaughlin CAN and HM King Harald of Noray are not far behind.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Saturday, August 19, 2017   

Windsurfing - Formula Swiss Championship 2017 - Silvaplana - Day 5

 Windsurfing - Formula Swiss Championship 2017 - Silvaplana - Day 5 The Maloja wind was only moderate yesterday but neverthess allowing to continue the Windsurf Week with the Formula as well as the Windsurf Foil Racing Swiss Championships with four heats each.
In the Formula competition, Wojtek Brozowski POL leads ahead of Elia Colombo SUI and Richard Stauffacher SUI. In the women's rankings, Franziska Stauffacher SUI is first ahead of Karin Jaggi SUI and Marion Froidevaux SUI - The ranking list.
First in the Foil-Windsurfers is Gonzalo Costa ARG ahead of Alexandre Cousin FRA. The only Swiss among the 14 participants is Balz Müller SUI on rank 13 - The ranking list.
Today, the Engadine Surf Marathon is on the program. Prominent drivers participate in the 40 Years' Jubliee event as the preview on the event website reveals.
Saturday, August 19, 2017   

Star - Grimsel-Race - Grimsel-Passhöhe - Start today

 Star - Grimsel-Race - Grimsel-Passhöhe - Start today The always innovative Starfleet Basle opened a new saiing venue in Switzerland: the Totensee (Lake of death), a reservoir lake on top of the Grimsel pass 7100 ft above sea level. Ten teams - among them Ben Sternberg/Joshua Revking USA - fight for the Fleet Champions' title. Normally, a solid 3 to 5 bft wind is blowing, and it remains to be seen whether the weather change of yesterday evening with a cold front passing - with snow above 6500 ft, has a negative influence on the sailing conditions.
The preview.
 
News – Friday, August 18, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017   

Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 5

 Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 5 Weather change in the Netherlands for the Final Series races with rain and a fresher 12 - 15 kn wind causing a number of changes in the overall rankings.
Guido Galinaro ITA, the solid leader in the Boys fleet so far finished 34th and 31st and descended on rank 3. Matias Dietrich ARG is now on top but the day's best (5/1) Yoshihiro Suzuki JPN is only one point behind. At equal points with Galinaro ITA follow Josh Armit NZL and Dimitris Papadimitriou GRE on the ranks 4 and 5.
First in the Girls is now Hannah Anderssohn GER 3 points ahead of Dolores Moreira-Fraschini URU. Julia Büsselberg GER descended on rank 3. With the ranks 1 and 2, Charlotte Rose USA moved up on rank 4.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Friday, August 18, 2017   

A-Cat - Polish National Championship 2017 - Sopot POL - Final results

 A-Cat - Polish National Championship 2017 - Sopot POL - Final results The Polish A-Cat Championship in Sopot POL ended yesterday with two races sailed in moderate winds. On Monday, the World Championship will begin at the same venue.
The domination of the Polish cracks during the first two days ended yesterday as Manuel Calavia ESP won both heats and earned Gold ahead fo Jakub Surowiec POL Silver and Tymoteusz Bendyk POL Bronze.
The ranking list and the event website.
The World Championship begins on Monday and additional top sailors will join the competition such as the America's Cup winner and 8-fold A-Cat World Champion Glen Ashby AUS.
Friday, August 18, 2017   (Image © Elena Razina)

Drachen - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Day 3

 Drachen - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Day 3 The difficult weather pattern over Switzerland remained also on day 3 of the Dragon European Championship. This time, the morning wind from the Alps was missing, and in the afternoon, the thermal breeze filled in light only and late, allowing to sail just one race.
Markus Brennecke GER (with Jochen Schümann GER) were the winners taking the overall lead after two races. Anatoly Loginov RUS advanced on rank 2. Pedro Andrade POR, winner of the first race, is now 3rd.
The ranking list.
Friday, August 18, 2017   

Windsurfing - Slalom Swiss Championship 2017 - Silvaplana SUI - Day 1

 Windsurfing - Slalom Swiss Championship 2017 - Silvaplana SUI - Day 1 After two days waiting for sufficient winds, a well-established Maloja wind provided for good sailing conditions on Lake Silvaplana and two runs were completed at the Slalom Swiss Championship. The favorite Sebastian Kördel GER and Jordy Vonk NED have jointly taken the lead with the ranks 1 and 2 each. On rank 3 follows Alexandre Cousin FRA. The best Swiss Richard Stauffacher SUI is on rank 4. First in the women is Karin Jaggi SUI.
The ranking list and the news
 
News – Thursday, August 17, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017   

Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 4

 Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 4 The Qualification Series at the Laser Radial Worlds on the Ijsselmeer were concluded yesterday with three races per fleet sailed in sun an moderate winds from 8 to 12 kn.
Guido Gallinaro ITA keeps on dominating the men's fleet winning 6 of the 7 races sailed so far in his Group and his advantage on Matias Dietrich ARG is now 16 points. Only one point further behind follows Grégoire Peverelli SUI (ranks 1/2 yesterday).
In the women's fleet, Julia Büsselberg GER is on top one point ahead of Hannah Anderssohn GER. The Olympian Dolores Moreira URU follows on rank 3 with a 4 points' backlog.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Thursday, August 17, 2017   

A-Cat - Polish National Championship 2017 - Sopot POL - Day 2

 A-Cat - Polish National Championship 2017 - Sopot POL - Day 2 Only one race could be sailed yesterday in light winds and Tymoteusz Cierzan POL was the winner moving up on rank 7 overall. Jakub Surowiec POL stayed on rank 1 ahead of Jacek Noetzel POL new on rank 2. Bob Baier GER finished 2nd yesterday and advanced on the 4th place as best non Polish. The defending World Champion Mischa Heemskerk NED follows on rank 6.
The ranking list, the event facebook page and the video of the day.
Thursday, August 17, 2017   (Image © Elena Razina)

Dragon - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Day 2

 Dragon - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Day 2 The Lake Thoune afternoon thermal breeze did not fill in yesterday as well and only one race could be completed in a moderate down-valley wind in the morning. Going on the right side in the first upwind decided the race in favour of Pedro Andrade POR and his team. Markus Brennecke GER (with Jochen Schümann GER) followed on rank 2. Igor Goikhberg RUS finished 3rd. The best Swiss was Garlef Baum SUI on his local waters on rank 8.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Live-Tracking beginning at 8.30 PM.
Thursday, August 17, 2017   (Image © James Robinson Taylor)

8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Day 3

 8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Day 3 Three races were sailed yesterday in moderate winds and Avia Willment GBR on her new 8mIJ sailing in the 'Modern' category dominated the fleet with three bullets. Werner Deuring AUT on rank 2 is first in the SIRA category.
The ranking list and the daily news.
Thursday, August 17, 2017   

Victor Kovalenko UKR/AUS - Mr. Medal Maker - the Biography

 Victor Kovalenko UKR/AUS - Mr. Medal Maker - the Biography Victor Kovalenko became famous as the Ukrainian 470 coach. He left his country to become coach of the Swiss 470s in the years 1995/96 before he went to Australia as Coach and Director of the most successful Australian Sailing Team. His athletes earned in total 10 Olympic Medals and 17 World Champions' titles. Now, his biography has been published telling about his almost 40 years of professional coaching and unveiling his philosophy. Very interesting to read this book !
Thursday, August 17, 2017   

Interboot 2017 - Friedrichshafen GER - focus Daysailers

 Interboot 2017 - Friedrichshafen GER - focus Daysailers Usually, the bigger a yacht, the faster - and hopefully - the more comfortable is should be. But there are not only advantages when going big, as the logistic challenges when it comes to harbour place, transport and crew are not negligible. Who wants to remain flexible and autonomous is more and more looking for his dream boat in the growing segment of so called daysailer, ready not only for fast sailing but also longer day journeys with sleeping facilities aboard. This year's Interboot, the first International Boat Show with novelties for the 2018 season offers a wide choice ! The report.
Plan for a visit to Friedrichshafen/Lake Constance to visit the 56th edition of the Interboot from September 23 to Ocober 1.
 
News – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   

Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 3

 Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 3 The 380 participants in the Laser Radial Youth Worlds waited in vain for wind on the Ijsselmeer NED and a start attempt was all yesterday.
After four completed races, the leader in the Boys is Guido Gallinaro ITA. Grégoire Peverelli SUI is on the excellent 4th place. In the Girls, Julia Büsselberg GER and Kim Pletikos SLO share the lead.
All ranking lists and the daily news.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   

A-Cat - Polish National Championship 2017 - Sopot POL - Day 1

 A-Cat - Polish National Championship 2017 - Sopot POL - Day 1 Yesterday began the Polish A-Cat Championship in Sopot POL, the tune-up race for the A-Cat World Championship 2017 beginning on the coming weekend. A high-class fleet is therefore racing already now in this high-tech Class that has made big development steps with the foiling technology in the last years.
Two races were held yesterday and the local helmsmen dominted, as they did during the past months already. Jakup Surowiec POL leads ahead of Maciek Zarnowski POL and Jacek Noetzel POL. Manuel Calavia ESP, Steve Brewin AUS (with a race win) and Darren Bundock AUS follow on the ranks 4 to 6.
The ranking list, the video of the day and the official preview.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   

A-Cat - Polish Championship - Sopot POL - Day 1 - Luc Dubois SUI is back

 A-Cat - Polish Championship - Sopot POL - Day 1 - Luc Dubois SUI is back Switzerland is represented with 11 participants at the forthcoming high-class A-Cat World Championship with 144 A-Cats on the entry list. After some years' absence, Luc Dubois SUI (age 55) is back in the racing scene and started well to the Polish Championship as 11th after the first day.
The former Optimist, Laser and 470 Swiss Champion and 1984 Olympian, he has been with the avantgard of technology developments in sailing for over 30 years. In the 80ies of last century, he invented the 3D-technology for sails, laminating the sails of his 470 in the cellar of his parents' home. He was immediately hired by North USA where he organised the production process for 3D sails. As 'Speedmaster', he was responsible at 'Alinghi' for the boat performance. As a member of the 'Team New Zealand' Tech Crew, he was involved in the development of the foiling/flying AC-catamaran for San Francisco. In the past four years, he was engaged by the 'BAR Team' of Ben Ainslie GBR.
His performance in the comeback on the A-Cat will be followed with interest.
The video iInterview produced by the Championship organisers.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   

VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 4

 VOR65 - Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 0, Stage 4 - Day 4 Very light winds affected the final leg - 'Leg 0' of the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race, a test and training week under race conditions for the seven teams. Shortly after the passage of Cape Finisterre at the Northwest point of Spain, the race was abandoned with 'Vestas' of Charlie Enright USA on first closely followed by 'AkzoNobel' of Simeon Tienpont NED. The overall leader 'Mapfre' with Javi Fernandez ESP followed on rank 3 and finished as winner of 'Leg 0'.
The report with ranking lists.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   

Surprise - Swiss Championship 2017 - RV Brunnen - Final results

 Surprise - Swiss Championship 2017 - RV Brunnen - Final results Perfect thermal breeze conditions prevailed on the last day of the Surprise Swiss Championship on Lake Uri. Two races were held and the ranks 5 and 2 were good enough for Eric Monnin YCI and his family team to add another Surprise Champion's title to his palmares. Guillaume Girod SNG followed on rank 2, Emanuel Müller YCB and his team finished 3rd.
The final ranking list (PDF).
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   

Dragon - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Day 1

 Dragon - European Championship 2017 - Thun SUI - Day 1 Very light and circling winds before an upcoming thunderstorm front did not allow to race yesterday at the Dragon European Championship on Lake Thoune and the 67 teams from 14 nations were back in the harbour without results by the end of the afternoon. The news.
The first start today has been scheduled for 7.30h UTC to benefit from the morning down-valley thermal breeze. Racing can be followed over GPS-tracking.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   

Windsurfing - Formula Swiss Championship 2017 - Silvaplana SUI - Day 1

 Windsurfing - Formula Swiss Championship 2017 - Silvaplana SUI - Day 1 Good Maloja-Wind conditions with up to 22 kn prevailed yesterday on Lake Silvaplana during the first three races of the Formula Swiss Championship. All three heats were won by Wojtek Brozowski POL ahed of Alexandre Cousin FRA and Richard Stauffacher SUI. Franziska Stauffacher SUI is first in the women in front of Marion Froidevaux SUI and Karin Jaggi SUI. The news. The ranking lists have not yet been posted on the event website.
The Kite-Foilers concluded their competition yesterday with Mike Müller SUI as superior winner with 9 bullets in 10 races. The results.
 
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