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Top News – Friday, December 2, 2016
Friday, December 2, 2016   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 3, Mendelblatt/Fatih USA 1st

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 3, Mendelblatt/Fatih USA 1st Yesterday, the Star fleet completed three races on Montague Bay in consideraby lighter southeasterly winds than the previous days at 8 knots dropping to as little as 4 knots by the end of the day. In the second and third race of the day, rule 42 was in effect and this eliminated the downwind gymnastics and a few boats were penalized for pumping, rocking and ouching.
The only team with nothing but top-five results were Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA taking the overall lead with 6 points on Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA. These two teams will probably fight for rank one in the fleet series in the two races today to qualify directly for the Final of the best four. Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA on the 3rd place are now 9 points behind still with chances to move on top. The best of the invited VIP teams are now the light-weight 470 Olympic Champion Sime Fantela with Antonio Arapovic CRO moving up on rank 5 with a race win.
The ranking list, the daily news, the full replay of yesterdays livestream and the Paul Cayard USA report .
As every day, racing can be followed live on our website as from 15h UTC.
Friday, December 2, 2016   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 3

 Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 3 Three races were held on day 3 of the Melges 24 Worlds in Miami, for the first time in lighter winds. No change on top, as the leading Connor Clarke IRL with Stuart McNay USA steering were again the best of the day with the ranks 2/1/2, extending their overall lead on 25 points. The title will no doubt be theirs with three races to go. Gianluca Perego ITA with Carlo Fracassoli ITA as helmsman keeps rank 2 with an 8 points' advantage on Bora Gulari USA on 3rd. Today Friday, only one race is on the program. Saturday will be the final day with two heats.
The results, the daily news and the video of the day.
Friday, December 2, 2016   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 26

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 26 With the wind shifting to southwest on the South-Indian Ocean, Alex Thompson GBR is again on the 'fast tack' with the intact foil appendage. On optimum speed again, he left Armel Le Cléac'h FRA 15 nm behind during the past 24 hours. In roughly two days, both will pass Cape Leeuwin at the southwest point of Australia. 600 nm behind sails the 3rd-ranked Sébastien Josse FRA. Thanks to the fresh winds, the bulk of the fleet is now also in the approach to Cape of Good Hope that has been reached by only 10 of the 25 boats still in the race so far. Alan Roura SUI has been overtaken by Enda O'Coineen IRL and is now 22nd.
The race tracker, the offcial news of this morning and the Vendée-Globe-TV-channel.
Friday, December 2, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 26

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 26 Meanwhile, Thomas Coville FRA has crossed more than half of the circumnavigation with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo'. " I am on my way home" he reported back to his race office in France. A low wind anticyclone on his way made him deviate North making him loose a few miles, but with a 1'172 nm advantage, he is still comfortably on record.
The race tracker. The Sodebo facebook page contains the latest video magazine.
 
Top News – Thursday, December 1, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 2

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 2 Four races were held yesterday in an easterly 14 kn wind for the first race dropping continously to 7 knots for the last race. At the end of the day, again experienced Star sailors take the first three ranks of the interim's classifications. With the day ranks 2/3/3/1, Robert Scheidt/Henry Boening BRA are on top 2 points ahead of Diego Negri/Sergio/Lambertenghi ITA, and another 2 points back, Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA are also hot candidates for victory in the 11-race Qualification Round with the winner directly qualified for the Final. With a 20 points' backlog on rank 3, Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN/Stevie Milne GBR are excellent 4th as best of the invited teams. Facundo Oleazza ARG/Ferdinando Melo POR follow on rank 5 thanks to an efficient use of the allowed pumping, rocking and ouching on the downwinds good for big position gains. The fight for the 10 Quarter Final places is heating up: Fantela/Arapovic CRO on the 11th place are 8 points behind the tied Zbogar/Bercz SLO and Kusznierewicz/Zycki POL.
The results, the news, the full-length livestream replay of yesterday and the report of Paul Cayard USA.
The livestream window on top of our website will be on again today as from 15h UTC this afternoon.
Thursday, December 1, 2016   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 2

 Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 2 Day 2 of the Melges 24 Worlds on Biscayne Bay was spectacular with a 20 kn wind and again big waves.
Finishing 6/1/1, Brian Porter USA was the best of the day and advanced on rank 5 overall. No change on top where the Irish team of Conor Clarke IRL with Stuart McNay USA steering defended their place with the ranks 3/4/5 extending the lead on Carlo Fracassoli ITA to 8 points. New on rank 3 follows Tim Healy USA.
The ranking list, the daily news and the facebook page of Chris Rast.
Thursday, December 1, 2016   (Image © Thomas Ruyant)

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 24, Wilson USA 20th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 24, Wilson USA 20th The leading duo Armel le Cléac'h FRA and Alex Thompson GBR is sailing closely together, and in decreasing winds, they passed the Kerguelen Islands yesterday. The French Marine stationed there seized the opportunity to film the boats from a helicopter. Here the video.
The bulk of boats in the second half of the fleet has finally after 12 days in lulls been touched by a depression from the Northwest, helping them to round the Cape of Good Hope and reach the fast track of the Roaring Forties direction East. Rich Wilson USA is on rank 20.
The race viewer, the daily news and the TV channel.
Thursday, December 1, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 25

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 25 Down on the 53rd Parallel South, Thomas Coville FRA is making good progress with his Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo'. Keeping the high 27 kn (over 50 km/h) average speed, he extended the lead on the previous record on 1'238 nm during the past 24 hours.
The race tracker.
 
Top News – Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 1

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - Day 1 Summery weather - sun and a 15 kn breeze - on the Bahamas yesterday during the first two races of the Star Sailors League Final. On the first positions in the high-quality 25 boats' fleet with 16 Olympic Medalists are experienced Starboat teams. Finishing 2nd and 3rd, Diego Negri/Sergio Lambertenghi ITA are first in the interim's rankings ahead of Mark Mendelblatt/Brian Fatih USA and Robert Scheidt/Henry Boehning BRA. Johannes Polgar/Markus Koy GER on the 4th place are not far behind. The best of the invited VIP teams is the Finn sailor Jonas Hoegh-Christensen DEN (Olympic Silver 2012) with Stevie Milne GBR as 7th. Surprising the young Finn Olympian Facundo Oleazza ARG with Fernando Melo POR as crew on rank 8. The ranking list, the news and a report of Paul Cayard USA.
Today as from 15 h UTC, we shall present the race livestream on top of our news. Four heats are on the program. Once more, the Star Sailors League offers the best state-of-the-art coverage of sailracing, a mixture of live takes and GPS tracking with 5 competent commentators ashore and afloat. That's the way the Olympic Regatta in Rio should have been covered ! Today, the America's Cup legend and past Starboat World Champion Dennis Conner USA and the 470-Olympia-Medallist Luke Patience GBR will be on the microphone.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016   (Image © Pierrick Contin)

Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 1

 Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - Day 1 The Melges 24 World Championship in Miami began yesterday with three races sailed in an 18-20 kn wind and big waves creating challenging sailing conditions. Finishing 2/1/1, Connor Clarke IRL and his team (helmsman the 470 Olympian Stuart McNay USA) has taken the lead ahead of the double Moth World Champion and Nacra-18 Olympian Bora Gulari USA (tactician Jonathan McKee USA). Gian-Luca Perego ITA and his team are 3rd. The day was not successful for the defending World Champion Chris Rast SUI on rank 15 for the moment. Here his video comment. The ranking list and the news.
The races can be followed live with GPS tracking. First start on 15.30 h UTC.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016   (Image © Kojiro Shiraishi)

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 24, Wilson USA 17th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 24, Wilson  USA 17th The leading duo keeps on racing at highspeed exceeding 20 kn on the South-Indian Ocean with Armel Le Cléac'h FRA 16 nm ahead of Alex Thompson GBR. They passed the Kerguelen Islands yesterday as fastest of the fleet that is more and more stretched over a long distance. The bulk of the fleet is now again taking on some speed after the tedious daylong trailing in the St-Helena anticyclone. No position change for Rich Wilson USA on rank 17 with a 3'700 nm backlog.
The race tracker, the daily news and the Vendée Globe TV channel.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 24

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 24 Everything under control aboard the Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' of Thomas Coville FRA. Although his first day on the Pacific Ocean was not the fastest one - 506 nm - he could extend the advantage on the existing record to 1'114 nm, roughly 2 days. The race viewer and another onboard-video on the Sodebo facebook page.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016   

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Las Palmas ESP - Day 11

 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Las Palmas ESP - Day 11 One day and 5 hours after the winning 'Rambler', the VOR70 'Trifork' did cross the finish line in St-Lucia as 2nd of the Atlantic Rally. The majority of the 216 yachts is still sailing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean heading West to the Caribbeans.
The race tracker and the event website.
 
Top News – Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Tuesday, November 29, 2016   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 23

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 23 The leading duo Le Cléac'h FRA/Thompson GBR is now sailing in a more westerly (rear) wind assisting Alex Thompson GBR to better overcome the handicap of the broken foil appendage. His backlog on Armel Le Cléac'h FRA of 24 nm remained unchanged. With 486 nm in 24 hours, Sébastien Josse FRA on 3rd was the fastest, and he reduced the backlog on the leaders by 30 nm. Jean-Pierre Dick FRA, Thomas Ruyant FRA and Jean Le Cam FRA on the ranks 7-9 will round Cape of Good Hope today. The bulk of the fleet is still trailing in the St-Helena anticyclone zone with speeds below 5 kn. Rich Wilson USA on the 'Great American' remains on rank 19 over 3'500 nm behind.
The race tracker, the daily news and the official tv channel.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - First races today

 Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Bahamas BAH - First races today The Star Sailors League 2016 Final on the Bahamas begins today with the first races. This will probably be the highest-leval regatta of the year with cracks such as the top-10 of the Starboat World Rankings, 2016 Olympic Rio Medalists from the Lasers (full podium), the 470 and the Finns, the Matchrace World Champion Taylor Canfield ISV as well as legends and Olympic and World Champions such as Jochen Schümann GER, Robert Scheidt BRA or Paul Cayard USA. Here the entry list. As always in Star Sailors League regattas, racing can be followed on commented livestream also on this website. The first start will be given today at 17 h UTC.
The official preview.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016   

Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - first races today

 Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA - first races today The Melges 24 World Championship 2016 in Miami begins today with the first races. Exellent conditions prevailed on Biscayne Bay with a 20 kn Easterly and big waves during the Practice Race yesterday. Here a video interview with the defending champion Chris Rast SUI. The first start will be given at 14.30h UTC. Racing can be followed live by GPS-tracking.
The event website.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 23

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 23 Ideal condition - wind of 'only' 20 kn and rather gentle sea - stay on and Thomas Coville FRA on his Maxi-Trimaram 'Sodebo' realised another high-performance day with 689 nm in 24 hours, extending the advantage on the exisiting record to 1'076 nm this morning.
The race tracker with all data.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016   

America's Cup News - What next on the road to the America's Cup ?

 America's Cup News - What next on the road to the America's Cup ? The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series wrapped up in Fukuoka last week after 9 events around the world over the past 18 months. Now, the final preparations for the Cup Challenge beginning in May 2017 on the Bermudas are underway. After AC World Series on One-Design-45-foot-catamarans, 50-foot catarmarans designed for the Cup will be built and tested. Find all details and comments on the Team New Zealand website.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016   

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Las Palmas ESP - Day 10

 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Las Palmas ESP - Day 10 The 88-foot-Maxi 'Rambler' of George David USA took the line honors of the 2016 Atlantic Rally in St-Lucia/Caribbeans after 8 days, 6 hours and 29 minutes, improving the record of the last year by 1 hour and 10 minutes. The news.
The bulk of the fleet is not yet at mid-distance over the Atlantic.
The race viewer and the event website.
 
Top News – Monday, November 28, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016   

IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 22, Wilson USA now 19th

 IMOCA Open 60 - Vendée Globe 2016/17 - Day 22, Wilson USA now 19th After two rather slow days, the leading duo has pushed the throttle again accelerating on speeds above 20 kn. Alex Thompson GBR ('Hugo Boss'), leading since the start, has obviously a handicap with his broken foil appendage, as his speed is 2 - 3 kn lower, and he lost his lead yesterday. Armel Le Cléac'h FRA ('Banque Populaire') overtook him and had already a 30 nm advantage this morning. Sébastien Josse FRA ('Edmond de Rothschild') follows with a 500 nm backlog on rank 3. Today, Jean-Pierre Dick FRA and Thomas Ruyant FRA will be next to round Cape of Good Hope with a deficit of over 1'700 nm. Jérémie Beyou FRA, rank 5, is racing 'blind' as the weather information satellite system broke. He has now to look for information in official Vendée safety reports. Rich Wilson USA ('Great American') lost two places and is now 19th.
The race tracker and the daily news.
Monday, November 28, 2016   

Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA

 Melges 24 - World Championship 2016 - Miami FL, USA The Melges 24 World Championship begins today in Miami with the Practice Race. 73 teams from 14 nations are on the entry list, a remarkable fleet including 20 Corinthian team. The defending champion Chris Rast SUI and his team will be challenged by the very strong North American armada not present a year ago in Denmark. According to the wind forecast, racing will begin tomorrow in a 15 kn breeze, decreasing during the week on about 10 kn, before a fresher wind will be back for the final. Very tight racing among the high-quality teams on boats with little speed differences may be expected.
The official preview.
Monday, November 28, 2016   

Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 6 - 'IDEC' aborts record attempt

 Trophée Jules Verne - Trimaran IDEC - Day 6 - 'IDEC' aborts record attempt After the slow passage of the innertropical convegence zone bringing Francis Joyon FRA and his team far behind the record, the Maxi-Trimaran, crossing the Equator yesterday, even missed the 'fast train' to the South with the promising low pressure zone along the Brazilian coast, departing too early. Therefore, the team decided to abort the record attempt, return to Brest FRA, and restart as soon as an adequate weather window will open. The report.
Monday, November 28, 2016   

Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 22

 Around the world record - Maxi-Trimaran 'Sodebo' - Day 22 After 21 days and 3 hours, Thomas Coville FRA passed Cape Leeuwin at the Southwest point of Australia yesterday, establishing his third record. He improved the time of Francis Joyon FRA by 36 hours. In temperatures around the freezing point and fresh winds, he covered 677 nm in 24 hours, an average speed exceeding 28 kn .
The race viewer and the report with a video.
Monday, November 28, 2016   (Image © Martinezstudios)

RC44 - Valletta Cup - La Valletta MLT - Final results

 RC44 - Valletta Cup - La Valletta MLT - Final results Not enough wind on Malta for the expected 2016 RC44 Series Final countdown. 'Team Aqua' of Chris Bake GBR with Cameron Appleton NZL as tactician won the Valetta Cup one point ahead of 'CEEREF' of Igor Lah SLO with Adrian Stead GBR calling the shots. In the Overall Rankings 2016, 'CEEREF' remained on top one point ahead of 'Team Aqua'.
The news and the ranking lists.
 
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