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News – Sunday, December 10, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017   (Image © SSL - Carlo Borlenghi)

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Nassau BAH - Victory for Paul Goodison GBR/Frithjof Kleen GER

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Nassau BAH - Victory for Paul Goodison GBR/Frithjof Kleen GER The 2017 Star Sailors League Final was sailed yesterday in a 16 to 18kn wind in Bahamas. Eliminated in the Quarter Final were Bruni/Colannino ITA, Negri/Lambertenghi ITA and Saxton/Mitchell GBR. In the Semi Final, Cayard/Trinter USA, Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL and Buhl/Koy GER were forced to leave the competition. In a nail-biting finish, Paul Goodison GBR/Frithjof Kleen GER defeated Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA with the last wave on the finish line. Not far behind followed last year's winners Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA. Xavier Rohart/Pierre-Alexis Ponsot FRA finished on rank 4.
The ranking list, the news and the full-length video of the final day.
Sunday, December 10, 2017   (Image © Volvo Ocean Race)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - start to leg 4 today

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - start to leg 4 today The start to leg 4 of the Ocean Race will be given today in Cape Town with 8'000nm to sail across the Southern Oceans to Melbourne AUS thru the Roaring Forties and the Howling Fifties ! Already now at the start, a 40kn wind will be blowing.
The previewu. The start will be given at 13h UTC today.
Sunday, December 10, 2017   

420, 470 - Winter Regatta - Imperia ITA - Day 2

 420, 470 - Winter Regatta - Imperia ITA - Day 2 Sun and good conditions prevailed and two races were sailed in a 15kn wind on the second day of the Imperia Winter Regatta. The 420 completed one race.
Kevin Peponnet/Jérémy Mion FRA won both heats in the 470 Men and extended his lead on 6 points. New on rank 2 are Fock/Dackammer SWE and Winkel/Cipra GER are on 3rd. David Biedermann/Jann Schüpbach SUI dropped on rank 13. In the 470 Women, Benedetta Di Salle/Alessandra Dubbini ITA moved on top with two race wins. Afrodite Zegers/Annaloes Van Veen NED and Fabienne Oester/Anastasyia Winkel GER follow on the ranks 2 and 3.
The 420 Girls' ranking list can unfortunately hardly been read. Simona Hegi/Saskia Böhler SUI finished 5th in the only race of the day. In the 420 Boys, Spagnioli/Rio ITA are in the lead .... but here too, the ranking list in facebook-photo-qualitiy can hardly be deciphered.
The event website with photos and videos.
Sunday, December 10, 2017   

Optimist, 420, Laser, Snipe - Trofeo Ciutat de Palma - Palma ESP - Day 2

 Optimist, 420, Laser, Snipe - Trofeo Ciutat de Palma - Palma ESP - Day 2 The full program was sailed on Palma Bay yesterday with two races sailed by the large Optimist fleet split in 6 Groups, and two races for all other classes.
With the day ranks 1 and 3, last year's winner Malthe Ebtrup DEN leads in the Optimists. With the day ranks 6 and 1, Maxime Thommen SUI advanced on rank 2 in his Group at equal points with Pau Mesquida ESP. The Optimist World Champion Maria Perello ESP on 4th is the best girl.
The news, all ranking lists and the videos.
Sunday, December 10, 2017   (Image © Gabart)

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 36

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 36 After the tedious passage of some depression zones along the Brazilian coast, François Gabart FRA reached the southern trade winds yesterday. In accommodating conditions and high speeds, the Maxi Trimaran will cross the Equator already today, the last waypoint before the finish 3'350nm away.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Sunday, December 10, 2017   

Laser, Optimist, 470 - St. Nicholas Regatta - Pula CRO - Day 2

470s, Lasers and a large 380 boats Optimist fleet have been sailing three races in Pula since Friday. In the Optimists, Luka Zabukovec SLO and Fras Marins SLO lead overall at equal points. Philipp Roth SUI is on a good 12th place, Luis Zimmerli SUI follows on rank 26. The ranking lists of the other classes have not yet been posted.
The event website.
Sunday, December 10, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 17

 Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 17 Yves Le Blevec has already reached the Roaring Forties with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Actual'. Presently, a depression swirl forces him to deviate East, but he is benefitting from rear winds as a payoff. The advantage on the record was 2'482nm this morning.
The race tracker and the team website.
 
News – Saturday, December 9, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017   

Star - Star Sailors League 2017 - Finals - Nassau BAH - Day 4

 Star - Star Sailors League 2017 - Finals - Nassau BAH - Day 4 The Qualification Phase at the Star Sailors' League Final in Nassau BAH was concluded yesterday with 3 races and the best 10 teams will continue the competition in the Quarter Finals. The dominant winner after 11 races sailed - Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA - are already qualified for the Final of the 4 best. Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA on rank 2 will go directly to the Semi Final. The ranks 3 to 10 will sail the one-race Quarter Final with the best five qualifying for the Semi Final. Three invited VIP helmsmen (non Starboat sailors) will sail in the next Round today: the 2008 Laser Olympic Champions Paul Goodison GBR, the current Laser World Ranking leader Philipp Buhl GER and the Nacra-17 World Champion Ben Saxton GBR.
The daily news, the ranking list and the videos ands the report of Paul Cayard USA.
The crucial Final races will be aired today beginning at 14.30 UTC and can be followed on this website, suspense guaranteed !
Saturday, December 9, 2017   

 The first races of the 420/470 Imperia Winter Regatta were sailed yesterday in a fresh 20kn wind. After two races in each fleet, favorites finished the day on top of the rankings.
In the 470 Men, Kevin Peponnet/Jérémy Mion FRA took the lead with the ranks 1 and 3. Deniz Cinar/Ates Cinar TUR followed on rank 2 with a 5 points' backlog. Jordi Xammar/Nicholas Rodriguez ESP were 3rd. The 470 Men ranking list.
Shared is the lead in the 470 Women with Afrodite Zegers/Anneloes Van Veen NED and Benedetta Di Salle/Alessandra Dubbini ITA both with the ranks 1 and 2. Fabienne Oster/Anastasyia Winkel GER are on the 3rd rank. The 470 Women ranking list.
Apparently, the 420 were not yet active, as no results are available on the event website. See also the event facebook page.
Saturday, December 9, 2017   (Image © Martinez Studios)

Optimist, Laser, 420, Snipe - Trofeo Ciutat de Palma - Palma ESP - Day 1

 Optimist, Laser, 420, Snipe - Trofeo Ciutat de Palma - Palma ESP - Day 1 With three races, sailed in a 15kn breeze, the 2017 Trofeo Ciutat de Palma began yesterday on Palma Bay. With the ranks 2/1/1, the Optimist World Champion Maria Perello ESP is clearly on top ahead of Pau Mesquida ESP and Malthe Ebtruph DEN on the ranks 2 and 3. 277 participants.
The Optimist ranking list.
In alle other classes, the fleets are all-Spanish. Here the other results and the short report .
Saturday, December 9, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 35

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 35 Yesterday, François Gabart FRA reached the southern trade winds bringing him at good speed to the Equator, where the innertropical convergence zone will slow down his race for the record. But inspite of the not to big Etmal of 564nm, the advantage on the record grew on 1'817nm.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
Saturday, December 9, 2017   (Image © Pedro Martinez)

VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - InPort Race

 VOR65 - Ocean Race 2017/18 - Cape Town RSA - InPort Race The Race goes on with the start to leg 3 tomorrow in Cape Town RSA. As usual, the tune-up was the InPort Race, held in a fresh 20kn wind off Cape Town. 'Dongfeng' with Charles Caudrelier FRA took the lead in the second upwind and distanced the other 6 boats fiercly fighting for the remaining positions. Coming from behind, 'Mapfre' (Javi Fernandez ESP) finished on rank 2 and defended the interim's lead in the InPort rankings.
The news with the results and the video summary of the InPort Race.
Tomorrow noon, the start to leg 3 from Cape Town East across the Southern Oceans to Melbourne AUS will be given. Here the video presentation of leg 3.
Saturday, December 9, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 16

 Solo Around the World Record from East to West - Yves Le Blevec FRA - Day 16 Along the Brazilian Coast, Yves Le Belevec FRA had to cross a series of low pressure zones forcing him to loose headway. With 360nm in 24hrs, his progress was rather modest, and he is now already sailing upwind, conditions he will meet during the entire course across the Southern Oceans. Not for nothing, the round-the-world west is known as "in the wrong direction".
The race tracker (advantage this morning UTC 2'370nm), the daily news and the videos.
 
News – Friday, December 8, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017   (Image © Gilles Morelle)

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Nassau BAH - Day 3

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Nassau BAH - Day 3 Very light wind - 4-6kn -made yesterday very challenging for the 25 teams competing in the SSL Finals Nassau BAH. The Italians were on fire with Francesco Bruni/Colannino ITA (ranks 4 and 1) and Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA (3/3) in these light conditions. Meanwhile Mark Mendleblatt/Brian Fatih maintained their consistency with a 1, 2 taking over the lead in the qualification series while Robert Scheidt/Henry Böhning BRA slipped to second place with scores of 2 and 19 after a disastrous 2nd upwind mark rounding. Philipp Buhl/Markus Koy GER on rank 5 are the best invited VIP team, and with a 21pts advantage on rank 11, the have excellent chances to make the cut for the next round in the three races planned for today (livestream on this website beginning at 15h UTC). Fighting for a qualification are the teams on the ranks 12-14 with the three past World Champions Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL, Melleby/Revkin NOR and Szabo/Natucci USA. The offshore champions and round-the-globe champion Franck Cammas/Mark Strube FRA, improving his Starboat skills from race to race, is now on rank 16 overall. The forecast for today is for 13-15kn from the south southeast with a fairly flat seaway.
The ranking list, the daily news, the full-lengh replay video of yesterday and the report of Paul Cayard USA, keeping his 4th place overall.
Friday, December 8, 2017   

Optimist, 420, 470, Laser - high season on the Mediterranean

 Optimist, 420, 470, Laser - high season on the Mediterranean Over the coming St-Nicolaus weekend, a number of youth class regattas take place on the Mediterranean Sea.
On Mallorca, Optimists, Lasers and 420s sail the Trofeo Ciutat de Palma. The Optimists are the only international fleet with 277 participants from 12 nations The event website.
The 420s and 470s will start at the traditional Winter Regatta of Imperia. A competitive fleet is on the 470 entry list with Fock/Dackammer SWE, Winkel/Cipra GER, Peponnet/Mion FRA in the Men and Zegers/Van Veen NED, Lefort/Granier FRA or Paternoster/Caruso ITA in the Women. The Imperia event website.
In Pula CRO on the Istria Peninsula, 470s, Lasers and Optimist held the St-Nicholas Regatta. The event website.
All three events begin today. .
 
News – Thursday, December 7, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017   (Image © Gilles Morelle)

 In light winds around 7 to 9kn, four races were sailed yesterday. With the ranks 1/2/20/1, Paul Cayard USA (Star World Champion 1988)/Phil Trinter USA (Star World Champion 1993) were the team of the day, moving up on rank 3 overall. Here the report of Paul Cayard USA. Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA defended their overall lead with a constant row of top-10 ranks, but Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA are only 2 points behind on 2nd. Paul Goodison GBR/Frithjof Kleen GER on rank 5 remain the best invited VIP team. Thanks to a race win, Philipp Buhl/Markus Koy GER advanced on rank 6. Three more qualification races are on the program today, to be followed live on this website at 16h UTC.
The ranking list, the daily news and the 4-hours' video replay of the day.
Thursday, December 7, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 33

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 33 As expected, François Gabart FRA lost speed yesterday, crossing a lull zone along the Brazilian coast, but nevertheless, the 24h distance was 442nm, and he could even extend his advance on the solo record to 1'686nm. Today, he will probably take up speed again just for a day, as another light-wind zone is ahead before he will reach the southern trade winds.
The race tracker, the daily news and the video of the day.
 
News – Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Wednesday, December 6, 2017   

Star - Star Sailors League 2017 - Finals - Nassau BAH - Day 1

 Star - Star Sailors League 2017 - Finals - Nassau BAH - Day 1 A moderate seabreeze around 12kn did set a perfect stage on the opening day of the SSL Final on the Bahamas. The two races of the day were dominated by the experienced Starboat teams: Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA took the interim's lead with the ranks 2 and 3. Mateusz Kusznierewicz/Dominik Zycki POL (4/2) and last year's winners Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA (1/6) followed on the rank 2 and 3. The first of the invited 'VIP' helmsmen is Paul Goodison GBR - Laser Olympic Champion and double Moth World Champion - together with Frithjof Kleen GER as crew on rank 4. Rather difficult was the day for the offshore specialists Loïck Peyron FRA snd Frank Cammas FRA on the ranks 24 and 25.
The ranking list, the daily news and the video replay of day one, and in addition the report of Paul Cayard USA.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017   

Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 32

 Solo Around the World Record - François Gabart FRA - Day 32 Inspite of difficult conditions with an up to 40kn wind and turbulent seas, François Gabart FRA had another fast day with 767nm in 24h. The advantage on the record has grown to 1'657nm. Today, he will have to pass a rather light wind zone and Gabart plans to check the equipment.
The race tracker, the news and the video of the day.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017   

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - St.Lucia - Day 12

 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - St.Lucia - Day 12 Except two latecomers, the ARC fleet on the long course around the Cape Verdes has safely reached St-Lucia.
Winner of the direct traditional ARC was the catamaran 'Guyader Gastronomie' of Christophe Guyader FRA finishing the race on Sunday. 'Saudade' with Christof Petter AUT with his catamaran followed 6 hours later. Up to now, 7 boats have reached the port of destination.
The race tracker and the news.
 
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