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Top News – Thursday, January 18, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018   

VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 17

 VOR-65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 17 With 600nm left to the finish line of leg 4 in Hong Kong, the situation is heating up. Slackening and shifty winds as well as the busy commercial traffic will make the final approach tactically difficult. After 'Dongfeng', the leading 'Scallywag' as well as 'Vestas' switched to stealth mode yesterday and we shall not know before 13h UTC today, whether the positions of the leading boats have changed. However, Scallywag', leading with almost 100nm, but having lost speed, will most probably keep the first place and remain on a safe track to the line honours. In the fight for the overall lead 'Dongfeng' would have to win leg 4 to catch up with the 6-point deficit on 'Mapfre'. Expected time of arrival in Hong Kong is tomorrow afternoon.
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Top News – Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Wednesday, January 17, 2018   (Image © Konrad Frost)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 16

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 16 During the past 24h, the fleet was again making good progress in well-established trade winds, and the leading 'Scallywag', 87nm ahead of the immediate challengers, was only 1'000nm from the port of call this morning UTC. Provided that no incidents occur, the team of David Witt AUS will take the line honours at their home base in two days from now. It may well be that rank 2 will also go the a Chinese team, as 'Dongfeng' was only a few miles behind the second-ranked 'Vestas' on the 3rd place, and went into 'Stealth Mode' yesterday. We shall know during the day, whether the attack of Charles Caudrelier FRA (with Franck Cammas FRA) has been successful. The overall leader 'Mapfre' (Xavi Fernandez ESP) reduced her backlog somewhat, but remained on the 5th position. The team of Dee Caffari GBR keeps the 6th place.
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Top News – Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018   

49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 - Midwinters - Miami FL, USA - Final results

 49er, 49erFX, Nacra 17 - Midwinters - Miami FL, USA - Final results Yesterday in Miami, the three-day Midwinters of the Olympic Skiff classes and the Nacra 17 came to an end. As every year before the Olympic World Cup event, beginning January 23, the regattas of the Olympic classes in Florida have been well attended. With a light-, medium- and strong-wind day, the series offered ideal tune-up conditions.
Stephanie Roble/Margaret Shea USA were the winners in the 49ersFX 5 points ahead of Ragna and Maja Agerup NOR.
After 9 49er races, Diego Botin/Iago Marra ESP finished 20 points ahead of Dylan Fletcher/Stuart Bithell GBR. Benjamin Bildstein/David Hussl AUT followed in third place.
In the Nacras, the Olympic champions Santiago Lange/Cecilia Carranza ARG had the upper hand on Ben Saxton/Katie Dabson GBR as well as Thomas Zajac/Barbara Matz AUT on the ranks 2 and 3.
All ranking lists and the report of the Nacras.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 15

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 15 Yesterday, the fast ride continued towards the finish, with the 7 teams covering more than 500nm in 24 hours. The leading 'Scallywag' with David Witt was able to extend her lead to 74nm by this morning UTC. The second-ranked 'Vestas' (Mark Towill USA) had a 22nm lead on the 3rd 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA). 1,500nm are still missing and the fleet is expected to arrive in Hong Kong on Friday.
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018   

Finn, Laser - Midwinters - Lauderdale FL, USA - Final results

 Finn, Laser - Midwinters - Lauderdale FL, USA - Final results Moderate to strong conditions prevailed during the 2018 Lauderdale Olympic Class Regatta with the Laser Atlantic Coast Championships and the Finn Midwinters on January 13 to 15 racing. Juan Maegli (GUA) topped the 44-boat Laser fleet, Chase Carraway (USA) finished first in the 93-boat Laser Radial fleet with Pernelle Michon (FRA) as best woman in second, Emma Shakespeare (USA) won among the 15 Laser 4.7s, and Milan Vujasinovic (CRO) was first in the small 8-boat Finn fleet. The results.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018   

470, 420 - North American Championships - Miami FL, USA - Final results

 470, 420 - North American Championships - Miami FL, USA - Final results The 2018 470 and 420 North American Championship was held on Biscayne Bay on January 13 to 15 initially in light winds increasing to moderate to breezy conditions for the final two days. As a tune-up to the World Cup Series Miami (Jan. 23-28), Luke Patience/Chris Grube (GBR) topped the 33-boat Men's 470 fleet, Afrodite Zegers/ Anneloes Van Veen (NED) dominted the 30-boat Women's 470 fleet while Thomas Rice/Trevor Bornarth (USA) finished first in the the I-420 title over 41 teams. The ranking lists.
 
Top News – Monday, January 15, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 14

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 14 Is the die cast ? With 2'000nm to the port of call Hong Kong, the fleet racing at high speeds, has been stretched over quite some distance. 'Scallywag' with David Witt AUS sailing on a southern course is still taking advantage of better conditions and extended her lead on 67nm. The midfleet with 'Vestas', 'AkzoNobel' and 'Dongfeng' is sailing closely together, while the backmarker trio with the overall leader 'Mapfre' lost some more miles yesterday and is now over 150nm behind.
Big luck for David Gough AUS crew on 'Scallywag', who was washed afloat by a wave without life-vest and life-belt. Thanks to the daylight and moderate conditions, he was rescued within 7min. Here the report with a video.
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Monday, January 15, 2018   

Optimist - Team Race - Monaco MON - Final results

 Optimist - Team Race - Monaco MON - Final results Major overthrow on top of the rankings on the final day of the Optimist Team-Race in Monaco. The team of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, clearly leading right from the beginning, was defeated by Finland and Turkey and ended on rank 3 overall. Finland first and Turkey second is the final outcome of the event.
The ranking list and the final report with the video of the day.
Monday, January 15, 2018   

Dragon - Australian Championship 2018, final results

 Dragon - Australian Championship 2018, final results 26 Dragons entered the Prince Philip Cup/Australian Championship at the Metung Yacht Club in Victoria between 7-13 January. 'Whimsical' of the well-known veteran Gordon Ingate AUS, age 92 (!) crewed by Amy Walsh and David Giles, was the winner ahead of R. Campell AUS 2nd and G. Aldersea AUS 3rd with their teams after seven races. The news and the ranking list.
 
Top News – Sunday, January 14, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018   

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 13

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Leg 4 - Day 13 The 15-20kn trade winds are propelling the fleet at good speeds above 20kn direction Hong Kong. 'Scallywag' (David Witt AUS), the only boat sailing on a southern course, has taken the lead thanks to somewhat better conditions and was 15nm ahead of 'AkzoNobel' (Simeon Tienpont NED) and 'Dongfeng' (Franck Cammas FRA) this morning UTC. The backmarker trio with 'Mapfre' has lost some more miles yesterday, but eventually this morning, better conditions filled in allowing to race 6kn faster than the rest of the fleet.
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