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Aquece Rio - 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 titles decided

'2014 Aquece Rio - Giles Scott (GBR), Finn'    ISAF ©

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil threw out glamorous conditions as the racing concluded in the 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 on a breezy day at the Aquece Rio - International Sailing Regatta 2014.

Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) stayed strong to take the Nacra 17 honours, Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) clinched the 49er title whilst Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) took gold for the host nation. Giles Scott (GBR) had wrapped up Finn gold ahead of the Medal Race.

A south westerly breeze from 15-20 knots spoilt the Finn and Nacra 17 sailors on the Pão de Açucar course as two excellent Medal Races played out. The breeze faded towards the afternoon with the 49er getting three single point theatre style Medal Races in and the 49erFX sailing two.

The Medal Race places were also confirmed in the Men's and Women's 470, Laser and Laser Radial with the titles to be decided on Saturday 9 August.

2014 Aquece Rio - Billy Besson and Marie Riou, Nacra 17 -  ISAF ©  

France's Billy Besson and Marie Riou sealed gold with a third place finish in the Nacra 17 Medal Race. The French racers took a six point lead into the Medal Race and had matters in their own hands.

Sailing in 20 knots of breeze on the Pão de Açucar race course the French team put in a solid performance. They finished ahead of Darren Bundock and Nina Curtis (AUS) who took silver and Pippa Wilson and John Gimson (GBR) who moved up into third following a second place finish in the Medal Race.

'The Medal Race was really windy,' explained Besson. 'It was still a bit shifty but it was good sailing weather. It was my first time in Rio with 20 knots so that was good. It was really fun. We are near the Sugarloaf Mountain and near the Corcovada and it was just great.'

2014 Aquece Rio - Nacra 17 fleet -  ISAF ©  

The French racers had the advantage over the Australians and Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond (GBR) who were tied on 25 points in second and third. With things quite close Besson never lost sight of his own performance on the race course, 'When we have these conditions you never know what's happening. We just focused on our boat and that is all. Marie and I were focused on our speed and what we were doing. We look at the boats around us but not too much.'

Two years out from the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition Besson and Riou have set the target and asked whether he'd be back for the main event Besson said with a smile, 'I would like to.'

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) made it five consecutive 49er victories in a row as they took the Rio Test Event honours.

Heading into the day the Kiwis were locked on 19 points with France's Julien D'Ortoli and Noe Delpech. Across the three single point theatre style races the Kiwis were cool, calm and collected posting a 2-4-5 to clinch gold by eight points.

Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen (AUS) moved up to take silver following a 1-3-8 whilst Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign (GBR) picked up bronze after a 5-5-1.

After racing Burling said, 'Obviously we're really stoked to take the win here. We're on a pretty good streak at the moment and we're pleased to keep that going. We've been spending a bit of time learning the conditions and not doing our ideal build up but we're happy to come away from those tricky conditions with a nice win.

'We felt that the luck went around and that everybody got lucky and unlucky on occasions so we're happy with the day.'

The Kiwis are on a fine run of form and since their silver at London 2012 they have one World Championship, two ISAF Sailing World Cup gold medals and two Open European Championship titles to their name.

Burling and Tuke have relished racing in the 19-boat 49er fleet in Rio as the former concluded, 'We've been doing a lot of racing this year in pretty big fleets in Palma, Hyeres and the Europeans. This has been the first time we've really got down to an Olympic sized that and that was one of the positives of the week and it was really good to win in that right size and depth of fleet.'

Racing on their home waters Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) took gold in the 49erFX after two single theatre style Medal Races.

The Brazilians knowledge of Guanabara Bay came to light throughout the week and two fourth places was enough for them to take gold. 'We are really happy,' said Kunze. 'We had a really nice championship. The organisation was really good, they did really well and now we're looking forward to Sanatnder.

'The wind was really shifty and coming and going but it's the Medal Race so we never know what will happen. We had two good races finishing in the middle which was pretty good.'

Having trained extensively on Guanabara Bay the Brazilians enjoyed the company of the 15-boat fleet, 'It's a new challenge for us sailing here with the other teams but we are really happy to have them here and for the rest of the year as well,' concluded Kunze.

Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) rounded off a solid week by taking silver after a sixth and a third. Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz (NED) stole the day, taking a bullet and a third to leapfrog Olivia Price and Eliza Solly (AUS) and take bronze.

2014 Aquece Rio - Finn fleet -  ISAF ©  

Giles Scott (GBR) went into the Medal Race without any pressure having wrapped up gold the day prior. It was all to play for behind the Briton with a battle for silver and bronze developing between Jorge Zarif (BRA), Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Ed Wright.

Whilst Scott went out and stylishly took the Medal Race win the true battle was occurring behind him. Lobert started the day outside of the medals but one for the big stage he revelled in the breezy conditions using his experience to his advantage. The French racer came through in third place to seal silver.

Wright came through in fifth and with it had done enough to remain third overall and walk away with bronze.

For Zarif it was disappointment as he finished down the pack in ninth and lost out of a medal.

There is no separating the top three in the Women's 470 with Anne Haeger and Briana Provancha (USA), Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) all tied on 15 points. Saturday's Medal Race will be winner take all on the race track making for a fascinating and exciting finish.

The single race bullet of the day went to Brazil's Renata Decnop and Isabel Swan who are fifth overall.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan (AUS) have an excellent lead in the Men's 470 and a solid result on the final day will seal the deal. Belcher and Ryan are 17 points clear and with the way they're sailing, only near disaster on the final day could prevent them from taking gold.

Ten points separates places second to sixth which will ensure a gripping finale.

At 18:00 local time Tom Burton (AUS) had a 14 point lead over Nick Thompson (GBR). The British sailor was on the receiving end of a bow to the bicep and was unable to compete in the eighth race of the series. The British sailor put in a request for redress and is awaiting the final outcome from the International Jury.

As it stands Burton sits on 21 points, Thompson has 35 and is tied with Robert Scheidt (BRA) in third.

Two points split Tuula Tenkanen (FIN), Evi Van Acker (BEL) and Anne Marie Rindom (DEN) in the Laser Radial following a topsy turvy day on the Escola Naval race course. Tenkanen picked up an 11-2, Van Acker a 13-1 and Rindom a 10-3. All three sailors count their double digit scores to tighten the points up. Tenkanen and Van Acker have 30 points whilst Rindom has 32, Alison Young (GBR) is fourth on 40 points heading into the Medal Race.

Saturday's Medal Racing will commence at 12:00 local time with the Laser up first. The Laser Radial will follow at 12:40, the Men's 470 at 13:20 and the Women's 470 at 14:00.

49er FINAL Results as of 16:20 on August 8, 2014

Overall Fleet

Sailed: 10, Discards: 1, To count: 9, Entries: 19, Scoring system: Appendix A

Pos

Fleet

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

CrewName

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

M1

M2

M3

Total

Nett

1

Overall


NZL

NZL1

Peter Burling

Blair Tuke

9.0

2.0

2.0

(14.0)

3.0

2.0

1.0

2.0

4.0

5.0

44.0

30.0

2

Overall


AUS

AUS5

Nathan Outteridge

Iain Jensen

1.0

8.0

1.0

1.0

8.0

(9.0)

7.0

1.0

3.0

8.0

47.0

38.0

3

Overall


GBR

GBR4

Dylan Fletcher

Alain Sign

2.0

4.0

(12.0)

7.0

6.0

7.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

1.0

51.0

39.0

4

Overall


FRA

FRA6

Julien D’Ortoli

Noé Delpech

(13.0)

5.0

4.0

2.0

1.0

4.0

3.0

6.0

10.0

10.0

58.0

45.0

5

Overall


GBR

GBR10

John Pink

Stuart Bithell

3.0

6.0

6.0

9.0

5.0

(12.0)

8.0

4.0

2.0

4.0

59.0

47.0

6

Overall


GER

GER7

Erik Heil

Thomas Ploessel

RDG [7.5]

RDG [7.5]

5.0

3.0

(11.0)

11.0

5.0

3.0

8.0

2.0

63.0

52.0

7

Overall


AUT

AUT84

Niko Delle Karth

Nicolaus Resch

5.0

1.0

(17.0)

4.0

7.0

10.0

10.0

MOCS [11.0]

1.0

6.0

72.0

55.0

8

Overall


NZL

NZL2

Josh Porebski

Marcus Hansen

11.0

3.0

11.0

12.0

4.0

1.0

(16.0)

7.0

6.0

3.0

74.0

58.0

9

Overall


BRA

BRA332

Marco Grael

Gabriel Borges

(14.0)

12.0

7.0

8.0

10.0

5.0

6.0

8.0

9.0

7.0

86.0

72.0

10

Overall


USA

USA150

Brad Funk

Trevor Burd

6.0

7.0

14.0

6.0

2.0

(18.0)

11.0

MOCS [11.0]

7.0

9.0

91.0

73.0

 

49erfx FINAL Results as of 16:58 on August 8, 2014

Overall Fleet

Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 15, Scoring system: Appendix A

Pos

Fleet

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

CrewName

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

M1

M2

Total

Nett

1

Overall


BRA

BRA12

Martine Grael

Kahena Kunze

2.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

(9.0)

1.0

3.0

4.0

4.0

27.0

18.0

2

Overall


NZL

NZL1

Alexandra Maloney

Molly Meech

1.0

1.0

(7.0)

4.0

2.0

5.0

2.0

6.0

3.0

31.0

24.0

3

Overall


NED

NED5

Annemiek Bekkering

Annette Duelz

(9.0)

3.0

6.0

6.0

4.0

7.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

40.0

31.0

4

Overall


AUS

AUS88

Olivia Price

Eliza Solly

3.0

6.0

(10.0)

2.0

1.0

4.0

6.0

8.0

9.0

49.0

39.0

5

Overall


GBR

GBR22

Charlotte Dobson

Sophie Ainsworth

5.0

8.0

2.0

5.0

6.0

(12.0)

7.0

2.0

5.0

52.0

40.0

6

Overall


GER

GER161

Tina Lutz

Susann Beucke

6.0

4.0

8.0

(14.0)

5.0

2.0

9.0

9.0

2.0

59.0

45.0

7

Overall


SWE

SWE381

Lisa Ericson

Hanna Klinga

11.0

5.0

3.0

3.0

7.0

6.0

(13.0)

10.0

6.0

64.0

51.0

8

Overall


GBR

GBR8

Frances Peters

Nicola Groves

(10.0)

7.0

5.0

8.0

8.0

3.0

8.0

5.0

8.0

62.0

52.0

9

Overall


SWE

SWE25

Julia Gross

Cecilia Jonsson

7.0

9.0

4.0

9.0

10.0

(13.0)

4.0

1.0

10.0

67.0

54.0

10

Overall


BRA

BRA198

Juliana Senfft

Gabriela Nicolino

8.0

10.0

(12.0)

11.0

3.0

11.0

5.0

7.0

7.0

74.0

62.0

 

NACRA FINAL RESULTS as of 13:40 on August 8, 2014

Overall

Sailed: 9, Discards: 1, To count: 8, Entries: 18, Scoring system: Appendix A

Pos

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

CrewName

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

Medal

Total

Nett

1


FRA

FRA1

Billy Besson

Marie Riou

8.0

3.0

1.0

(12.5)

1.0

4.0

1.0

1.0

6.0

37.5

25.0

2


AUS

AUS64

Darren Bundock

Nina Curtis

1.0

1.0

7.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

(15.0)

8.0

12.0

51.0

36.0

3


GBR

GBR076

Pippa Wilson

John Gimson

(9.0)

7.0

5.0

4.0

7.0

5.0

7.0

3.0

4.0

51.0

42.0

4


NED

NED244

Mandy Mulder

Coen de Koning

4.0

6.0

(10.0)

5.0

4.0

6.0

4.0

7.0

8.0

54.0

44.0

5


GBR

GBR181

Ben Saxton

Hannah Diamond

(6.0)

4.0

4.0

6.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

4.0

20.0

50.0

44.0

6


NZL

NZL222

Gemma Jones

Jason Saunders

3.0

5.0

6.0

2.0

5.0

(7.0)

5.0

5.0

16.0

54.0

47.0

7


AUT

AUT240

Thomas Zajac

Tamja Frank

2.0

9.0

(13.0)

1.0

11.0

3.0

9.0

2.0

18.0

68.0

55.0

8


SUI

SUI220

Matias Bühler

Nathalie Brugger

13.0

8.0

8.0

7.0

(17.0)

11.0

11.0

6.0

2.0

83.0

66.0

9


AUS

AUS53

Euan McNicol

Lucinda Whitty

7.0

2.0

9.0

17.5

6.0

(18.0)

3.0

12.0

10.0

84.5

66.5

10


FRA

FRA077

Franck Cammas

Sophie de Turckheim

5.0

11.0

2.0

10.0

10.0

(12.0)

10.0

11.0

14.0

85.0

73.0

 

FINN FINAL RESULTS as of 13:42 on August 8, 2014

Overall

Sailed: 11, Discards: 1, To count: 10, Entries: 17, Scoring system: Appendix A

Rank

Nat

SailNo

HelmName

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

R7

R8

R9

R10

Medal

Total

Nett

1


GBR

GBR41

Giles Scott

(7.0)

1.0

5.0

1.0

2.0

1.0

4.0

1.0

1.0

4.0

2.0

29.0

22.0

2


FRA

FRA112

Jonathan Lobert

9.0

3.0

6.0

6.0

9.0

4.0

3.0

2.0

(13.0)

8.0

6.0

69.0

56.0

3


GBR

GBR11

Edward Wright

2.0

4.0

7.0

10.0

(14.0)

2.0

5.0

5.0 SP

8.0

3.0

10.0

70.0

56.0

4


BRA

BRA109

Jorge Zariff

1.0

2.0

(13.0)

5.0

5.0

8.0

6.0

9.0

3.0

6.0

18.0

76.0

63.0

5


POL

POL17

Piotr Kula

3.0

6.0

11.0

8.0

11.0

5.0

8.0

5.0

(18.0 RET)

9.0

8.0

92.0

74.0

6


NZL

NZL16

Andrew Murdoch

10.0

12.0

8.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

10.0

4.0

(14.0)

20.0

89.0

75.0

7


ITA

ITA117

Giorgio Poggi

13.0

10.0

4.0

2.0

4.0

7.0

12.0

8.0

5.0

(16.0)

12.0

93.0

77.0

8


FRA

FRA29

Thomas le Breton

6.0

7.0

1.0

11.0

10.0

9.0

(16.0)

3.0

2.0

15.0

14.0

94.0

78.0

9


NZL

NZL24

Josh Junior

5.0

16.0

(18.0 DSQ)

3.0

1.0

6.0

7.0

16.0

7.0

1.0

16.0

96.0

78.0

10


NED

NED842

Pieter Jan Postma

11.0

(18.0 OCS)

3.0

9.0

6.0

10.0

2.0

13.0

14.0

7.0

4.0

97.0

79.0


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Adelaide Sailing Club played host once again to the Melges 24 class for its 'Christmas Sprint Series', the third three day M24 regatta in five weeks held by ASC which, (in the same season the club is also hosting the M24 Australian Championship) says something about the power of persuasion, energy and organisation being put in to M24 class by its Australian Secretary Donna Evans. ... [more]  

The team, led by Jerome Clerc, will not compete on the 2015 Extreme circuit but intends instead to focus entirely on the Decision 35 Vulcain Trophy season in Switzerland. The professional sailing squad onboard Realteam capped a superb 2014 season with a third place in Sydney last weekend that put them on the third step of the overall Extreme Sailing Series Championship podium. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ
Part 1 of three part interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson discusses the factors leading up to hitting the reef, interspersed with other research information, charts, video and images. Parts 2 and 3 will follow on consecutive days. ... [more]  

USA 4 Windsurfing campaign by USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign
Change is inevitable. No matter how hard you try to keep things the same, there comes a time when you must move on. The harder you resist, the more difficult the change. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Bob Oatley’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race record holder, Wild Oats XI, is out of the water for a final modification after a high speed and rough weather training run off Sydney. ... [more]  

This is Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific from the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. Of course, to Australians and a plethora of motoring enthusiasts the world over, the real life Peter Perfect will always be The King of The Mountain. RIP Brocky (Peter Geoffrey Brock). ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race 2014: The Spirit of Adventure crew of 15 were met dockside by representatives of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and well wishers at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. After enjoying an ice cold beer, the first cold drink for two weeks, the crew cleared customs and headed for the Victory Bar for eggs and bacon. ... [more]  

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 15 December 2014 - The World Cup Final was a 100-point regatta and whilst Shaw took maximum points, Tartaglini’s eighth was enough for her to hold on to World number one heading into 2015. Shaw remains at World number two with Laura Linares (ITA) at World number three and 2014 World Champion Charline Picon (FRA) at World number four. ... [more]  

Comanche; Supermaxi Showdown VIDEO by Dale Lorimer, Sydney
In what is touted to be one of the most hotly contested Rolex Sydney Hobart line honours battles in recent history, there's been plenty of on-water supermaxi activity over the last week. ... [more]  

Commodores Cup - There was barely four knots of wind for the start of race one today. Brian and I started in port tack, at the committee boat, hit the right corner, and never looked back. There were a few tricky moments on the first run, in four knots of wind, but we managed our position well. For the second lap, the breeze built to six knots and steadied out a bit which made out lives easier. ... [more]  

2014/15 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Jason Michas wins
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Yacana crosses finish line
2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - Swiss team Alinghi wins
Extreme Sailing Series: Images from Act 8 + Series' Highlights video
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng Race Team - Leg Two review
Extreme Sailing Series: Alinghi crowned 2014 and Sydney champions
Extreme Sailing Series -Sydney Land Rover recognises talent
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Medal Race Images
Extreme Sailing Series: Alinghi dons ESS Crown, Oman Air wins award
18ft Skiffs: Rooklyn scores win in Syd. Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy
ISAF Sailing World Cup: Fan cranks up for final Melbourne day + Videos
Miami Star Winter Series - Commodores Cup Day 1
Extreme Sailing Series: Delayed coverage - Day 4 +Audio *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng score another excellent result
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Fleet rumbles in Miami
Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave, Muscat see championship bid slip
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - From acorns grow oaks
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel (NED) wins Leg 2
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team wins
Extreme Sailing Series: Day 3 image gallery from Sydney Harbour *Feature
The Extreme Sailing Series™ - Action-packed day on Sydney Harbour   
Early Christmas presents for ISAF Sailing World Cup medallists + Video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 2 finish - Team Brunel wins from Dongfeng *Feature   
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Day 1 overall   
2014/2015 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Images by Joy Dunigan   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage - Day 3 +Audio *Feature   
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta kicks off with successful sponsor party   
Successful seventh edition of 2014 World Yacht Racing Forum   
2014 Star Sailors League Finals - Catching up with Robert Stanjek   
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Day 6 Preview   
Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 Photos and season highs and lows video   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 Leg Two - Final fight to the finish + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 8 - McMillan tops table in Sydney + Video   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi - Day 2: Extreme Sailing Series, Sydney   
ISAF SWC Melbourne - Top ten prepare for Port Phillip showdown + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series Act Eight 2014 – Photos by Andrea Francolini   
Volvo Ocean Race: Three way alley-brawl on final day of Leg 2 *Feature   
International Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series 2014-15: Holiday heat   
ISAF SWC Melbourne: Family affair for Papua New Guinea sailors + Video   
Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship - Stormy capsize   


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