Piet Eckert SUI/Frederico Melo POR had an excellent first day at the Starboat European Championship on Lake Garda with the ranks 1 and 3. Seven points behind follow Hans Spitzauer/Christian Nehammer AUT. Juan Kouyoumdjian/Fernando Rivero ARG, Tonci Stipanovic/Tudor Bilic CRO and Eivind Melleby/Martin Hejlsberg NOR are on the ranks 3 to 5 at equal points. ----- Light winds prevailed during the first two races of the event. ----- The ranking list and the news.
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News – Friday, October 30, 2020
Yesterday, the Quarter Finals and the first duels of the Semi Finals were on the program of the Match Race Worlds on the Bermudas. In addition to the favorites Ian Williams GBR, Taylor Canfield ISV and Phil Robertson NZL, the junior team of Jeppe Borch DEN qualified for the Semis with a 3-2 win over the Round Robin leader Chris Poole USA. Two rounds have been completed so far in the Semis: Williams leads 2-0 over Robertson, and also Canfield is ahead with 2 wins over Borch. ----- The results and the daily news. Racing can be followed live stream on the event Facebook page.
Six women are among the 33 participants of the Vendée Globe 2020/1. ----- With her fourth start, Samantha Davis GBR is among the most experienced skippers. Although her Open 60 is already 10-year old, the British sailor is a favorite for a top finish. Her 'Initiatives Coeur' occupied rank 3 at the last Vendée with Jérémy Beyou FRA, and was among the best during the preparation races in the past months. ----- Good chances has also the two-passport-holder Isabelle Joschke GER/FRA. Preparing her first solo round-the-world race, her results in the tune-ups were promising. She will be sailing an elder Open 60, but updated with foils. ----- The young Clarisse Cremer FRA, a Vendée rookie as well, finished 2nd at the Mini-Transat three years ago. Her Open 60 belonged to the Vendée 2012/13 winner François Gabart FRA, and has also been beefed up with foils. ----- The Race Village at the Sables d'Olonne harbor has meanwhile been shut down, and it is now quiet along the shores in the Corona pandemic mode. The start to the race however will take place in 9 days according to program.
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News – Thursday, October 29, 2020
Light winds around 8kn prevailed yesterday during the repechage at the Bermuda Goldcup with Jeppe Borch DEN and Johnie Berntsson SWE qualifying as lasts for the Quarter Finals of today. Jeppe Borch DEN, age 24, will encounter Chris Poole USA, Johnie Berntsson SWE will match Taylor Canfield ISV and Phil Robertson NZL faces Torvar Mirsky AUS. With the defending Champion Ian Williams GBR, Eric Monnin SUI will have a difficult task. ----- The news.
Since yesterday, Corona restrictions have been strengthened again in France, and the ban of mass events inhibited obviously also the so far much visited Race-Village of the Vendée. According to the Sailing Instructions, the 33 skippers had always been requested to undergo a Covid-Test 2 days before the start, followed by a quarantine. ----- The news.
With the new Foiler Open 60s, the IMOCA cards were reshuffled. 10 new constructions as well as 6 older designs, newly equipped with foils, will be participating. The preparation program, restricted due to Corona, only allowed a few comparisons. Always at the forefront was Jérémy Beyou FRA with his 'Charal'. Beyou was able to complete the first tests with his new boat in 2018 already and thus had the opportunity to further optimize the technology. He will be participating in the Vendée for the 4th time, after two abandonements and a 3rd place in 2016. 'L'Occitane' of Armel Tripon FRA made a strong impression as well. Tripon started his offshore career with a win at the Mini-Transat 2003 and is now sailing his first Vendée Globe. His Open 60 has a round (scow)bow, similar to the fastest Mini and Class 40 yachts. Also always up front was 'Apivia' with Charlie Dalin FRA in his first appearance at the Vendée. Although 'PRB' of Kevin Escoffier FRA is already 10 years old, the upgrade with foils seems to have worked well in the preparation events, where he was always at the forefront of fleet. The hottest favorite is probably Alex Thomson GBR with his 'Hugo Boss'. The Englishman, starting for the fifth time, finished the last two Vendées in 3rd and 2nd places. ----- But to finish first, you have to finish first! ----- The event website with the News.
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News – Wednesday, October 28, 2020
With good conditions and more constant winds than on the starting day, the Round Robin was completed yesterday. The first three in each group qualified for the quarter finals, the rest of the field will determine the last two quarter finalists in the repechage today. In Group 1 Chris Poole USA moved to the top with a win against Phil Robertson NZL. Eric Monnin SUI also qualified for the next round yesterday with 3 wins. In Group 2 the favourites Ian Williams GBR, Torvar Mirsky AUS and Taylor Canfield ISV also qualified early for the next round. The results and the report.
With 4 more races, the 29er Eurocup on Lake Garda was concluded yesterday. ----- Richard Schultheis/Max Körner MLT defended their lead 9 points ahead of Tangi Le Goff/Youri Bertin FRA. Rok Verderber/Daniel Cante SLO finished on the 3rd place. Malika Belomi/Beatrice Conti ITA on rank 9 were the best female team among the 51 teams. ----- The results and the event Facebook page with photos and and videos.
High noon on Lake Garda! After the 29ers, the Starboats will kick-off their European Championship, postponed in summer due to Covid-19, with the Practice Race today, with 25 teams from 11 nations starting. Favorites are the past World Champions Eivind Melleby/ Martin Hejlsberg NOR and Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA. Good chances for a medal have also Spitzauer/Nehammer AUT, Chieffi/ Colannino ITA or Merkelbach/Weise GER. Prominent newcomers from other classes to watch are also the Laser Olympic medalist Tonci Stipanovic CRO (with Tudor Bilic CRO), Flavio Favini/Nicolas Seravalle ITA or Philipp Kasueske/Michael Schulz GER. ----- The event website.
Several sources have announced since last Saturday, that Quanhai Li CHN would be the winner of the World Sailing presidential election, replacing the incumbent Kim Andersen DEN. We linked a respective article from SeilMagasinet. Contrary news circulated as well in the meantime. For an election, 50% of the votes cast are required. An official announcement is to be made at the virtual Annual General Assembly on next Sunday. ----- Here an article in the South China Morning Post.
News – Tuesday, October 27, 2020
The Wilke-Cup, the Annual Finn Championship has been shortened due to Corona, and with the cancelation of the Lebkuchen Regatta of early November, Simon Bovay MY is now the final 2020 winner. Christoph Burger TYC and Oliver Wirz TYC complete the podium. 71 Finn sailors participated in 4 (instead of 6) events. ----- The ranking list and the report.
News – Monday, October 26, 2020
The 29er-Eurocup on Lake Garda was continued yesterday with three races. ----- Richard Schultheis/Max Körner MLT defended their first place ahead of Rok Verderber/Daniel Cante SLO new on rank 2 with a 9 point backlog. As best of the day (5/2/3), Tangi Le Goff/Youenn Bertin FRA advanced on rank 3. Agata Scalmazzi/Giulia Vezzoli ITA on rank 6 are now the best female team among the 61 teams. ----- The ranking list and the event Facebook page with pictures and videos.
The traditional Bermuda Gold Cup, this year held as Match Race World Championship, begins today. Among the 16 participants are the former World Champions Ian Williams GBR, Phil Robertson NZL, Taylor Canfield ISV or Torvar Mirsky AUS. Invited were also the best all-female teams of Pauline Courtois FRA and Anna Östling SWE. Good chances for a top rank has also Eric Monnin SUI, actually number one in the Match Race World Rankings, being familiar with the venue and the slow IOD yachts. Monnin will open the event today in a match against Kelsey Durham BER. ----- The Round Robin program and the preview.
The Swiss Sailing Team Ltd is looking for a new Headcoach as soon as possible! Here the detailed position description.
After months of speculation as to what the next wave of America's Cup boats would look like, we now know as all three Challengers have wheeled their latest creations into the open. Matt Sheahan takes a close look at what characterises each of the new boats. The Planet Sail video.
No races on the final day of the Surprise Swiss Championship on Lake Geneva. With only three results, the Swiss Championship could not be validated. ----- Nelson Mettraux CNV and his team finished the series on the first place. Bryan Mettraux CNM followed on rank 2, Frank Reinhard CNM was on thee 3rd position. ----- The ranking list.
The 'Feuilles Mortes' Regatta on Lake Geneva was held yesterday, and the 6.5m dominated the course occupying the first three places. Roch de Grenus CVMC was the winner ahead of Yves Estermann CVMC, and Daniel Voruz CVMC. 15 teams participated. ----- The ranking list.