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Garda Trentino Olympic Week - Action aplenty on day 2 + Video

'49er - 2014 Garda Trentino Olympic Week'    © Roberto Vuilleumier / Vela Garda Trentino

Day two at Garda Trentino Olympic Week, first round of the ‘Eurosaf Champions Sailing Cup’ organised by Vela Garda Trentino, was a day to remember for the 12 Olympic and Paralympic boats (between male and female classes) taking part. At least 20 knots of wind was recorded on the most northern course between Riva and Torbole.

Racing on this course was the most spectacular 49ers, the classic but always exciting 470s, the physically demanding Laser and the fully planning RS:X windsurfers. In Malcesine, racing took place in the Nacra 17 and all the Paralympic boats, Sonar, Skud and 2.4 with a wind at the start of about 10 knots which later rose to about 15 knots. The medium-strong winds of today brought to light the crews who were best prepared both mentally and physically - even if at this stage, it is hard to predict with any certainty the final classification. In some classes there have not yet been enough races to bring in discards which ultimately will change the current classification. Certainly today was a day to tax both technical and physical abilities.

RS:X Men’s fleet - 2014 Garda Trentino Olympic Week -  © Roberto Vuilleumier - Vela Garda Trentino  

The RS:X races were the first to start at 13.00 with a beautiful planning wind from the south. Three very quick races characterised a day particularly satisfying for these racers who in this discipline are constantly on the lookout for strong winds. There is fierce competition for first place which at present rests with the Croat Mratovic with two first places and a third. Following him is the Thai Boonsawad who with two firsts and a second, jumped up into second place. There was a leap in the classification also for the young Italian Mattia Camboni who moves into third position with a third, a first and a fifth today. It is worth mentioning the notable improvement of Marcantonio Baglione who after breaking two masts in the first two races managed, a joint second in the third race.

In the women’s fleet, the strong wind has added a turbo charge to the sailing of Flavia Tartaglini who with three first places in a row, moves to the front ahead of the Japanese Sunaga e Komine.

Nacra 17 fleet - 2014 Garda Trentino Olympic Week -  Thom Touw_©  

In the Malcesine area, where the mixed crew Nacra 17s are racing, the course had wind of about 10 knots rising to a fairly regular 15 knots with every so often a shift to the left to keep things interesting. It was a satisfying day of hard fought racing for the competitors. In the general classification, there were various crews penalised by an OCS (premature start) and as in this fleet, they are expecting to have only one discard. These racers will have to make no other mistakes if they want to be among the first 10 crews who progress to the medal race on Sunday.

Nacra 17 - 2014 Garda Trentino Olympic Week -  Thom Touw_©  

Notwithstanding a terrible start to the second race of the day, Vittorio Bissaro and Silvia Sicouri managed to regain a huge number of places and from being practically last, arrived at the finish line in fourth position. This taken alongside two good wins in the other races means they are in the lead with an eight point advantage over the French Petitjean and Bakes (today 2,7,3,) Also from France and in third place are Agereau and Vandame - sailing consistently well with an 8,5,2. There was a well-earned victory in race 5 for the Dutch crew who sail for Aruba of Van Der Velden – Visser.

Still in first place in the 2.4mR is The Dutchman Kol with a first and fifth place today. Very consistent is the Italian Antonio Squizzato with two second places today is in second in the overall classification. He is followed in third by the German Bodler.

Very close racing in the double handed Skud. In the lead with a two point advantage are the English Rickham and Birrell, second are the Italians Gualandris and Zanetti and a further two points behind them in third are the Dutchmen Voorbac and Van Essenvel.

Things are in perfect balance in the Sonar class which sees on eight points the Germans Kern and Kirsch and the Italians D’Agaro and Bachisio. Only one point behind are the other Germans, Beer and Utrata.

20 knots of wind combined with the 49er skiff make for spectacular racing which has no equal. Some of the younger less experienced crews suffered some difficulties in the transitions and provided spectators with some exhilarating capsizes. For both male and female crews, this was definitely a day of fantastic racing and high adrenaline. The Italian not so young crew of Plazzi and Molineris are in the lead with a four point advantage over the Irish Seaton and McGovern. The Ravenna sailors started with a first place and remained in control with a subsequent fifth and sixth place. In third place are the French D’Ortoli –and Delpech who were second in the last race of the day. Going well also are the other Italians the Dubbini’s, they are fourth overall after discarding a 17th place and taking a second and a fifth.

49erFX - 2014 Garda Trentino Olympic Week -  © Roberto Vuilleumier - Vela Garda Trentino  

The 49er FX fleet is very well balanced with only a two point advantage for the Danish sailors Hansen and Salskov (today 1, 4, 3 equal) over the New Zealanders Maloney and Meech who having taken a second and eighth place, finished the day with a first. Off the pace are the Brazilians Grael Soffiatti and Kunze who today were consistent in their 6,2,4, but still without a win. They are in third place with a three point gap behind the crew in second place. Giulia Conte injured yesterday and with a badly swollen hand did not feature in the racing today, for her and her crew Francesca Clapcich, unfortunately the Garda Trentino Olympic Week is over.

With only four races completed, the discards do not yet come into force and so the general classification is hard to evaluate. At the moment however the Italians Desiderato and Trani are in the lead who after a first and a tenth on Wednesday followed on today with two fifth places. The conditions were perfect for the Croatian crew (fourth in London2012) Fantela and Marenic who scored a second place in the opening race and a 21st (which they will probably be able to discard tomorrow) which meant they jumped up into provisional second place. Third are the Russians Sozykin and Gribanov. There was a good second place in the third race (first today) for the Italians Capurro and Puppo who are actually fourth place overall.

The situation is much more evenly matched in the female fleet, the Russians Kirilynk and Dmitrieva showed they coped best with the strong winds with two first places in a row are in command and on equal points with the Italians Roberta Caputo and Alice Sinno who today were more consistent with a 2,4. In third place is the Swiss crew of Fahrni and Siegenthaler who have slid to third place from first after two ninth places which contrast their two firsts of yesterday. It was a very positive day for the Polish crew of Skrzpulec and Pogon which may well lead ultimately to a podium position and for the Greeks Papadopoulou and Mazaraki who were respectively third and second in the last race. Consistent also the Italians Komatar and Carraro (today 6,13).

Laser - 2014 Garda Trentino Olympic Week -  © Roberto Vuilleumier - Vela Garda Trentino  

The world champion and multi Olympic medal winner Robert Scheidt demonstrated his class today as well as his knowledge of the lake. Two first places in a championship that continues to surprise. Still second is the Englishman Thomson and the Frenchman Bernal is third. The Italian Alessio Spadoni, who is maintaining his consistency, is lying in fourth. From tomorrow after the first two days of qualifying due to the high number of participants the remaining boats will be divided into gold and silver fleets.

Laser Radial fleet - 2014 Garda Trentino Olympic Week -  © Roberto Vuilleumier - Vela Garda Trentino  

A balanced result so far in the women’s fleet with four races completed and no discards. At the front is the Danish sailor Rindom Anne Marie (today 14,5) followed by and on equal points the Norwegian Eide Marthe Enger who improved today with a 3,2. Third with a four point deficit is the Italian Silvia Zennaro who suffered under the strong winds of today finishing with an 11th and an eighth today in contrast to her fourth and third of yesterday.



Results 470 M Day 2

Rank

Nat

Sail No

Helm Name

Crew Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1st

 

5

Desiderato Giulio

Trani Andrea

Cvmm - YCI

1.0

10.0

5.0

16.0

 

ITA

               

2nd

 

5

Sozykin Pavel

Gribanov Denis

CSP Sochi

12.0

1.0

7.0

20.0

 

RUS

               

3rd

 

16

Brauchli Yannick

Hausser Romuald

SCEnge / SVThalwil

9.0

3.0

8.0

20.0

 

SUI

               

4th

 

10

Capurro Matteo

Puppo Matteo

YCI

3.0

17.0

2.0

22.0

 

ITA

               

5th

 

83

Fantela Sime

Marenic Igor

jk.sv.Krsevan

2.0

21.0

1.0

24.0

 

CRO

               

6th

 

99

Rebaudi Francesco

Yacht Club Italiano

Ramian Matteo

14.0

4.0

12.0

30.0

 

ITA

               

7th

 

1

Mendes Geison

Thiesen Gustavo

Veleiros do Sul - CBVela-COB

11.0

11.0

9.0

31.0

 

BRA

               

8th

 

3

Botica Ante

Vuletic Jure

JK Trogir

10.0

7.0

19.0

36.0

 

CRO

               

9th

 

11

Diesch Simon

Aggeler Patrick

Wuerttembergischer Yacht Club

4.0

18.0

16.0

38.0

 

GER

               

10th

 

2

Sheremetev Mikhail

Sheremetev Maxim

S.p.b. Academi

35.0 OCS

2.0

4.0

41.0

 

RUS

               

11th

 

10

Villas-Boas Joao

Pinheiro De Melo Francisco

Clube Naval de Cascais

16.0

5.0

20.0

41.0

 

POR

               

12th

 

828

Gullan Robert

Sam Brearey

Royal Southern Yacht Club

19.0

16.0

11.0

46.0

 

GBR

               

13th

 

10

Ferdinand Gerz

Oliver Szymanshi

SVW

5.0

9.0

35.0 OCS

49.0

 

GER

               

14th

 

25

Falcetelli Francesco

Bernard Matteo

CC Aniene

8.0

8.0

35.0 OCS

51.0

 

ITA

               

15th

 

6

Conway Alexander

Conway Patrick

MHYC YBSC

22.0

27.0

3.0

52.0

 

AUS

               

16th

 

1

Jim Asenathi

Hudson Roger

RCYC

13.0

30.0

10.0

53.0

 

RSA

               

17th

 

2

Fabrice Rigot

Guillaume Rigot

SNGeneve

6.0

26.0

24.0

56.0

 

SUI

               

18th

 

4

Finayeu Pavel

Bialkevich Maksim

RCOP

24.0

20.0

14.0

58.0

 

BLR

               

19th

 

1

Pires Gonzalo

Nunes Miguel

FVP-SLB

18.0

19.0

22.0

59.0

 

POR

               

20th

 

12

Di Luggo Ruggiero

Giamattei Luca

Circolo Nautico Posillipo

25.0

14.0

21.0

60.0

 

ITA

               

21st

 

21

Vasic-stepancic Domen

Bozic Jakob

Yc burja izola

23.0

23.0

15.0

61.0

 

SLO

               

22nd

 

27

Bouvet Sofian

Mion Jeremie

SRA

7.0

22.0

35.0 OCS

64.0

 

FRA

               

23rd

 

27

Pilati Matteo

Rubagotti Francesco

Fraglia vela Malcesine

17.0

12.0

35.0 DNC

64.0

 

ITA

               

24th

 

23

Trasimeni Giorgio

Izzo Jacopo

l.n.i. ostia

15.0

32.0

17.0

64.0

 

ITA

               

25th

 

72

Spinelli Michele

Volpe Gaetano

Lega Navale Italiana Bari

26.0

6.0

35.0 OCS

67.0

 

ITA

               

26th

 

4411

Palazzo Francesco

Perrini Raffaello

CV Ondabuena

27.0

13.0

27.0

67.0

 

ITA

               

27th

 

3

Cotton Scott

Potter Tom

ASC/MHYC

35.0 OCS

15.0

18.0

68.0

 

AUS

               

28th

 

29

Sivitz Kosuta Simon

Farneti Jas

Yacht Club Cupa

35.0 OCS

29.0

6.0

70.0

 

ITA

               

29th

 

757

Ferrari Giacomo

GIULIO CALABRO

Lega Navale di Ostia Lido

35.0 RET

25.0

13.0

73.0

 

ITA

               

30th

 

48

Demirel Halil

Sahin Firat

Gokova Yelken Kulubu

28.0

24.0

26.0

78.0

 

TUR

               

31st

 

32

Tudisco Tommaso

Provinciali Giacomo

Yacht Club Cala De' Medicilub Cala De' M

21.0

35.0 DNE

23.0

79.0

 

ITA

               

32nd

 

8

Vannucci Enrico

Orofino Giorgio

Circolo nautico Posillipo

20.0

33.0

28.0

81.0

 

ESP

               

33rd

 

1905

Kutoglu Tora

Boglica Abdullah

Galatasaray

29.0

28.0

25.0

82.0

 

TUR

               

34th

 

1115

Moerman Pieter

Pijnen Giorgios

WSV Braassemermeer

30.0

31.0

29.0

90.0

 

NED

               

 

Results 470 w Day 2

Rank

nat

sail

name

club

info1

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1st

 

5

Fahrni Linda

Thunersee Yachtclub

Siegenthaler Maja

1.0

1.0

9.0

11.0

 

SUI

               

2nd

 

16

CAPUTO ROBERTA

C.C.ANIENE

Alice Sinno

10.0

2.0

2.0

14.0

 

ITA

               

3rd

 

97

Kirilynk Alisa

Moscow SS Navy

Dmitrieva Liudmila

8.0

8.0

1.0

17.0

 

RUS

               

4th

 

52

Komatar Francesca

Centro Sportivo Aeronautica Militare

Carraro Sveva

6.0

5.0

6.0

17.0

 

ITA

               

5th

 

11

Skrzypulec Agnieszka

Pogon Szczecin

Wojcik Natalia

5.0

10.0

4.0

19.0

 

POL

               

6th

 

17

Papadopoulou Sofia

NOK

Mazaraki Elisavet

13.0

6.0

5.0

24.0

 

GRE

               

7th

 

21

Gurr Jacqueline

SYC, MSC, BRYC

Catt Amelia

2.0

19.0

7.0

28.0

 

AUS

               

8th

 

133

Gallego Marina

C.N.Rapita

Reyes Fa¡tima

7.0

18.0

3.0

28.0

 

ESP

               

9th

 

14

Cornudella Ravetllat Barbara

Club Nautic Balis

Lopez Ravetllat Sara

3.0

13.0

13.0

29.0

 

ESP

               

10th

 

74

Di Salle Benedetta

Yacht club italiano

Dubbini Alessandra

9.0

9.0

12.0

30.0

 

ITA

               

11th

 

6

Berta Elena

circolo canottieri aniene

Paolillo Giulia

14.0

3.0

14.0

31.0

 

ITA

               

12th

 

12

Ryan Sasha

RQYS

Ryan Jaime

17.0

4.0

10.0

31.0

 

AUS

               

13th

 

6

BOU SERRA ALBA

CLUB VELA BLANES

Subira Julia

11.0

15.0

8.0

34.0

 

ESP

               

14th

 

10

Kaynakcı Beste

Istanbul Sailing Club

Serim Simge

4.0

14.0

19.0

37.0

 

TUR

               

15th

 

1

Smith Carrie

FSC

Cook Sarah

12.0

17.0

11.0

40.0

 

AUS

               

16th

 

91

Scotto Di Vettimo Sara

Circolo nautico Posillipo

Portella Cecilia

18.0

7.0

16.0

41.0

 

ITA

               

17th

 

22

Yurtseven Ceyla

Gokova Yelken Kulubu

Celayir Ceren

20.0

11.0

15.0

46.0

 

TUR

               

18th

 

75

Speelman Jeanine

DTYC

Speelman Marchien

19.0

12.0

18.0

49.0

 

NED

               

19th

 

7

Chudejova Hana

YC Neratovice

Mrzilkova Lenka

15.0

16.0

22.0 DNC

53.0

 

CZE

               

20th

 

20

Zorzi Cecilia

Circolo vela arco

Caruso Bianca

16.0

20.0

20.0

56.0

 

ITA

               

21st

 

25

Karaca Sirma

Istanbul Sailing Club

Basegmez Selin

21.0

21.0

17.0

59.0

 

TUR

               

 

Results Rs:X M Day 2

Rank

name

nat

sailno

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

Mratovic Luka

CRO

751

-3.0

3.0

1.0

1.0

3.0

1.0

12.0

9.0

2nd

Boonsawad Ek

THA

8

-4.0

2.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

16.0

12.0

3rd

Camboni Mattia

ITA

6

1.0

4.0

-6.0

3.0

1.0

5.0

20.0

14.0

4th

Esposito Federico

ITA

9

2.0

1.0

-5.0

4.0

5.0

4.0

21.0

16.0

5th

Fantela Mihovil

CRO

9

7.0

-8.0

4.0

5.0

6.0

6.0

36.0

28.0

6th

Colombo Elia

SUI

63

-10.0

9.0

2.0

6.0

4.0

7.0

38.0

28.0

7th

Zerillo Giuseppe

ITA

21

6.0

6.0

-9.0

8.0

9.0

9.0

47.0

38.0

8th

Herman Kretschmer Eduardo

CHI

1

-11.0

10.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

8.0

50.0

39.0

9th

Itabisashi Yuma

JPN

15

5.0

7.0

8.0

10.0

10.0

-11.0

51.0

40.0

10th

Puh Matjaz

SLO

8

8.0

5.0

11.0

11.0

11.0

-12.0

58.0

46.0

11th

Al-Kindi Waleed

OMA

1

9.0

-14.0 OCS

10.0

9.0

8.0

10.0

60.0

46.0

12th

Baglione Marco

ITA

2

-14.0 RET

14.0 RET

14.0 RET

14.0 DNC

14.0 DNC

2.0

72.0

58.0

13th

Maslo Aljaz

SLO

30

-14.0 DNC

14.0 DNC

14.0 DNC

14.0 DNC

14.0 DNC

14.0 DNC

84.0

70.0

 

Results Rs:X W Day 2

Rank

name

nat

sailno

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

Tartaglini Flavia

ITA

A

1.0

2.0

-7.0 DNC

1.0

1.0

1.0

13.0

6.0

2nd

Sunaga Yuki

JPN

470

-6.0

4.0

1.0

2.0

2.0

2.0

17.0

11.0

3rd

Komine Megumi

JPN

72

2.0

1.0

3.0

-4.0

4.0

4.0

18.0

14.0

4th

Fanciulli Veronica

ITA

X

-4.0

3.0

4.0

3.0

3.0

3.0

20.0

16.0

5th

Iseda Megumi

JPN

35

5.0

5.0

2.0

-6.0

5.0

5.0

28.0

22.0

6th

Kaewduangngam Siripon

THA

57

3.0

-6.0

5.0

5.0

6.0

6.0

31.0

25.0

 

Results Nacra Day 2

nat

sailno

name

info1

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

 

200

Vittorio Bissaro

Silvia SIcouri

2.0

3.0

3.0

1.0

(4.0)

1.0

14.0

10.0

ITA

 

199

Ingrid Petitjean Backes

OLIVIER BACKES

1.0

(9.0)

5.0

2.0

6.0

3.0

26.0

17.0

FRA

 

65

Moana Vaireaux

Manon Audinet

3.0

4.0

6.0

3.0

5.0

(20.0 OCS)

41.0

21.0

FRA

 

222

Jones Gemma

Saunders Jason

10.0

1.0

(14.0)

4.0

7.0

4.0

40.0

26.0

NZL

 

63

Ogereau Audrey

Vandame Matthieu

12.0

2.0

4.0

8.0

(20.0 RET)

2.0

48.0

28.0

FRA

 

212

Van Der Velden Nicole

Visser Thijs

(18.0)

11.0

8.0

6.0

1.0

7.0

51.0

33.0

ARU

 

158

McNicol Euan

Whitty Lucinda

14.0

(20.0 OCS)

2.0

5.0

8.0

5.0

54.0

34.0

AUS

 

133

Waterhouse Jason

Darmanin Lisa

7.0

8.0

12.0

(16.0)

2.0

9.0

54.0

38.0

AUS

 

229

Basevi Rachel

Simhony Tomer

9.0

7.0

7.0

9.0

(15.0)

8.0

55.0

40.0

NZL

 

126

Porro Francesco

Banti Caterina Marianna

5.0

6.0

13.0

(14.0)

9.0

10.0

57.0

43.0

ITA

 

219

Salvà Federica

Bianchi Francesco

13.0

(20.0 OCS)

1.0

11.0

10.0

11.0

66.0

46.0

ITA

 

217

Walker Evan

Gilbert Annalise

8.0

5.0

(17.0)

10.0

11.0

13.0

64.0

47.0

AUS

 

67

Pietromanaco Pip

Wierzbowski James

(17.0)

13.0

11.0

7.0

13.0

6.0

67.0

50.0

AUS

 

27

Mendelblatt Mark

Mendelblatt Carolina

(16.0)

12.0

10.0

13.0

3.0

14.0

68.0

52.0

USA

 

227

Semenov Maxim

Shchetinkina Alina

4.0

10.0

9.0

15.0

16.0

(20.0 OCS)

74.0

54.0

RUS

 

20

Domingos Afonso

Neves Diana

6.0

16.0

16.0

(20.0 OCS)

14.0

12.0

84.0

64.0

POR

 

155

Woolley Geoff

Francis Vicky

15.0

14.0

15.0

12.0

12.0

(17.0)

85.0

68.0

NZL

 

165

Ferraglia Matteo

Tognella Germana

11.0

15.0

(18.0)

18.0

18.0

15.0

95.0

77.0

ITA

 

196

Martinsen Nicholas Fadler

Mortensen Martine Steller

(20.0 DNC)

20.0 DNC

20.0 DNC

17.0

17.0

16.0

110.0

90.

 

 

Results 2.4mR Day 2

nat

sailno

name

club

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

Nett

 

1

Kol Barend

Watersportverbond

1.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

5.0

5.0

NED

 

104

Squizzato Antonio

Canottieri Garda Salò

2.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

9.0

9.0

ITA

 

77

Christian Bodler

Segelclub Prien Chiemsee e.V.

3.0

1.0

4.0

3.0

11.0

11.0

GER

 

21

Schrama Rolf

Watersportverbond

5.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

16.0

16.0

NED

 

74

Fauner Felix A.

Segelclub Prien e.V. Chiemsee

4.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

19.0

19.0

GER

 

75

Fauner Felipe

Segelclub Prien e.V. Chiemsee

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

24.0

24.0

 

 

Results Skud18 Day 2

nat

sailno

name

info1

club

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

Nett

 

57

Rickham Alexandra

Birrell Niki

QMSC

2.0

1.0

2.0

1.0

6.0

6.0

GBR

 

54

Gualandris Marco

Zanetti Marta

YCI

1.0

2.0

3.0

2.0

8.0

8.0

ITA

 

70

Voorbach Vera

Van Essenveld Jan Rein

Watersportverbond

3.0

3.0

1.0

3.0

10.0

10.0

NED

 

5

ZEHAVI HAGAR

Zehavi Moshe

BEIT HALOCHEM

4.0

4.0

4.0

4.0

16.0

16.0

 

 

 

Results Sonar Day 2

nat

sailno

name

club

R1

R2

R3

R4

Total

Nett

 

1

Kol Barend

Watersportverbond

1.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

5.0

5.0

NED

 

104

Squizzato Antonio

Canottieri Garda Salò

2.0

3.0

2.0

2.0

9.0

9.0

ITA

 

77

Christian Bodler

Segelclub Prien Chiemsee e.V.

3.0

1.0

4.0

3.0

11.0

11.0

GER

 

21

Schrama Rolf

Watersportverbond

5.0

4.0

3.0

4.0

16.0

16.0

NED

 

74

Fauner Felix A.

Segelclub Prien e.V. Chiemsee

4.0

5.0

5.0

5.0

19.0

19.0

GER

 

75

Fauner Felipe

Segelclub Prien e.V. Chiemsee

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

24.0

24.0

 

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When most would have been sitting down for Christmas lunch the Wild Oats XI team were to be seen out on Sydney Harbour testing their new - and appropriately named - gooseneck, that replaces the one that failed when out training earlier in the week. In a puffy nor'easter Wild Oats XI headed to Manly on the wind, swung around close to the Manly East mark and headed back down the harbour for home. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 - The Weather Gate *Feature by John Curnow and Rob Kothe, Sydney
In order to win this iconic ocean race,on handicap, there are three things you absolutely need to have accomplished. Two you can do something about, whereas the third is entirely out of your control. ... [more]  

Professor Pat Pending had the most amazing Convert-a-Car in the 60s cartoon series, the Wacky Races. It could do just about anything. Come Boxing Day and the start of the 70th Sydney-Hobart, some may well wish they had a Convert-a-Boat. Being a hundred feet at the start would be cool. You get away off your own line and in clear breeze. You’re also well inside the rulebook. ... [more]  

Few Americans have won more sailboat races than Ken Read, 53, the President of North Sails . Read is skipper of Comanche, Jim and Kristy Clark’s new 100-fooer, one of five that will be lining up on the startline of the Sydney to Hobart. I caught up with Read some 48 hours before the start to get his pulse on the race, Comanche, and the adventure that lies ahead, en route to Hobart. ... [more]  

For sure Christmas is upon the 16 skippers of the Barcelona World Race, but the way they enjoy it or deal with it will be different from team to team, and skipper to skipper. But for everyone the thoughts of the 31st December start, and what lies ahead for the coming three months, are impossible to suppress. Even on Christmas Day. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovery video *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Three and a half minute video of the Team Vestas Wind recovery operation from the reef at St Brandon. The Volvo Ocean Racer struck the reef on November 29, just after nightfall breaking off both rudders, she also ;ost a considerable part of her stern section. ... [more]  

The magnitude of this 70th edition is reflected in the size of the international fleet: the forecast 117 race entrants, comprising yachts from seven different countries, represents the most sizeable Rolex Sydney Hobart depart since 1994. 'This year is both the 70th edition of the race and the 70th anniversary of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia,' explains John Cameron. ... [more]  

The lightest of the supermaxi's Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin 100 suffered a major structural deck failure in pre-Hobart training. Sailing master David Witt explains in his usual laconic manner just what happened. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Sydney Hobart yacht race record holder, Wild Oats XI, is the centre of an intense repair effort on the eve of the big race after suffering damage during her most recent training run. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race images are provided by Photographer Carlo Borlenghi. ... [more]  

Images of five faces behind the 100ft super maxis taking part in the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart provided by Photographer Andrea Francolini. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Sailors in this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart should watch what they eat on Christmas day or they may well watch Christmas dinner all over again on Boxing Day. ... [more]  

Launched in September 2014, Comanche resulted from the studies realised on the Macif and Banque Populaire Imoca monohulls, who finished first and second in the 2012 Vendée Globe. ... [more]  

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta organizers, with the holidays quickly approaching, are getting into the spirit of giving, through their entry giveaway. This campaign was successful for the 2014 regatta to generate some early entries, and event organizers waited this year till the Holiday Season to once again give something back to their participants. ... [more]  

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Twice Volvo Ocean race skipper and America's Cup helmsman, Ken Read, outlines the Comanche campaign to win the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart: Rio 100 - A supermaxi is reborn + Video *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
'New boats for old' seem to be a common catch cry on both sides of the Tasman, at present.' This year two supermaxis have gone into the building shed for major surgery and emerged as new boats. They will both be competing in the 2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race and sailing in their first major offshore race since being born-again. ... [more]  

24 days after the Volvo Ocean Racer, Team Vestas Wind ran aground, the boat was successfully removed from the Cargados Carajos Shoals. Vestas shore manager Neil Cox led the team that performed a complex and difficult operation with the utmost professionalism and diligence. ... [more]  

This campaign was successful for the 2014 regatta to generate some early entries, and event organizers waited this year till the Holiday Season to once again give something back to their participants. Several regatta entries will be able to earn themselves a waived entry fee, while others will be eligible to win official regatta gear. ... [more]  

2015 ORC Championship events: The Offshore Racing Congress is pleased to announce that final approvals by national authorities have been made so that the Notices of Race and the entry process is now open for the 2015 ORCi World Championship in Barcelona, the 2015 Volvo Estonia ORC European Championship in Parnu, Estonia and the 2015 ORC Sportboat European Championship at Lake Balaton, Hungary. ... [more]  

In the inaugural Corinthian Division of the Rolex Sydney Hobart there’s a sense among the crews competing for a win that it’s levelling a playing field that has been uneven for a while under the handicap system. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2014 exclusive video preview. The 70th edition of this international sporting icon begins on Friday 26 December. ... [more]  

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It is one of the other lines from the theme song of our little time with Terry Thomas and the gang. However, the real thing is that not only are the Moths quick, over the time since they began to get up on foils, the fleet has compacted up. Another crucial element to add, is that all craft also get a result, even if they do not complete all the laps. The latter is a lot better than a DNF. ... [more]  

Miami Winter Series: For the first event, five teams are currently confirmed, with more expected to follow in the coming days. The first event has drawn a range of competitors including the reigning Match Racing World Champion, two Melges 32 teams, another from Chicago Match Race Centre and a fifth best known for its offshore big boats campaigns. ... [more]  

The 'super-bacteria' are usually found in hospital waste and produce an enzyme, KPC, resistant to antibiotics. Researchers found the bacteria in samples taken from Flamengo beach. Nearly 70% of sewage in Rio - a city of some 10 million people - is spilled raw into the waters of Guanabara Bay. The bacteria were found in samples taken from several locations along the Carioca river. ... [more]  

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The eventful sailing summer will carry on into 2015. In addition to the established annual regatta events, we will see 2015 the J/80 World Championships a week after Kieler Woche, to be followed by the F18 Worlds. Die Notices of Race for YES, Kieler Woche, the J/80 Worlds and F18 Worlds are now accessible online. ... [more]  

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Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. Shane Smart was sent to cover the recovery operation and filed these images ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Team Vestas Wind recovered from reef by Sail-World.com/nz and Volvo OR Media
The Volvo65, Team Vestas Wind has been recovered from a reef off St Brandon, on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. the yacht has been hoisted aboard a Maersk shipping line vessel, after being dragged over the reef and into the lagoon on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, 200nm from Mauritius. ... [more]  

Jeremy Pilkington's Baltic 78, Lupa of London was announced as the first winner of the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy with the best elapsed time under IRC. Class winners received an engraved crystal decanter and all competitors present received a special edition bottle of Westerhall Plantation Rum, with the insignia of the RORC Transatlantic Race. ... [more]  

Qingdao, venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, will host some of the world’s finest sailors for the third consecutive year from 14-20 September 2015 with the 2016 dates to be confirmed. Spots for the 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Final, which will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 27 October to 1 November 2015, will be at stake as well as World Cup bragging rights. ... [more]  

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