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

470 - Japanese Championship 2017 - Enoshima JPN - Day 1, Calabrese/Macdiarmid USA race winners

 470 - Japanese Championship 2017 - Enoshima JPN - Day 1, Calabrese/Macdiarmid USA race winners 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   

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   

8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Final results, McLaughlin CAN 5th

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 GER, winner of the 'SIRA' rankings for yachts built before 1960. Lars Ingeberg NOR defended the 3rd place. Terry McLaughlin CAN is on rank 5. 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, Sternberg/Revkin USA 1st

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.
 
Top News – Saturday, August 19, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017   

Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Final results, Charlotte Roe USA 3rd

 Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Final results, Charlotte Roe USA 3rd 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 dirscard activated, the rankings change considerably.
Gold in the Boys went to Dimitris Papadimitriou GRE with rank 1 and 2 yesterday and 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 © James Robinson Taylor)

8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Day 5, McLaughlin CAN 4th

 8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Day 5, McLaughlin CAN 4th 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 with Ben Sternberg/Joshua Revking USA

 Star - Grimsel-Race - Grimsel-Passhöhe - Start today with Ben Sternberg/Joshua Revking USA 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.
 
Top News – Friday, August 18, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017   

Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 5, Charlotte Rose USA up on 4th

 Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 5, Charlotte Rose USA up on 4th 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. Joseph Hou USA kist 8 ranks in the fresher wind and is now as best of the 3 USA men on rank 20. Liam Bruce CAN 61st.
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   (Image © James Robinson Taylor)

8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Day 4, McLaughlin CAN 5th

 8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Day 4,  McLaughlin CAN 5th It was lay day at the 8mIJ World Championship in Hankö NOR. Today and tomorrow are the crucial days for the final outcome of the Championship. After 6 races, Avia Willment GBR leads ahead of Werner Deuring AUT and Lars Ingeberg NOR. McLaughlin CAN on rank 5 is the only North American racing.
The ranking list.
 
Top News – Thursday, August 17, 2017
Thursday, August 17, 2017   

Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 4, 7 NorAms quaslified for the Goldfleet

 Laser Radial - Youth World Championship 2017 - Medemblik NED - Day 4, 7 NorAms quaslified for the Goldfleet 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). Joseph Hou USA is 12th as best of the 3 USA men qualified for the Goldfleet. Liam Bruce CN 60th is the only Canadian in the top fleet. .
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. Charlotte Rose USA on 8th is the best of 3 USA women qualified for the Goldfleet.
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, McLaughlin CAN now 5th

 8mJI - World Championship 2017 - Hanko NOR - Day 3, McLaughlin CAN now 5th 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. Terry McLaughlin CAN had a medium day (twice rank 10) and dropped on rank 5 just behind HM King Harald of Norway.
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 !
 
Top 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   

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.
 
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