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Top News – Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018   

Olympic & Youth Classes - Sail Melbourne - Melbourne AUS - Day 1

 Olympic & Youth Classes - Sail Melbourne - Melbourne AUS - Day 1 This morning UTC, "Sail Melbourne" started with the first races, an event no longer part of the Olympic Classes Worldcup, but nevertheless the most attended regatta down-under. Racing is still underway at press deadline this morning (6 a.m UTC), but the first results have been posted.
In the 470 men, Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS won both heats of the day. First in the small 470 women fleet are Nia Jerwood/Monique Devries AUS and Frederike Löwe/Ana Markfort GER with the same number of points.
Sam Meech NZL leads after 2 races in the Lasers Standard ahead of Matthew Wearn UAS. In the Lasers Radial (M/W) , Maud Jayet SUI finished first in the opening race.
In the all-Australian Lasers 4.7, Daniel Costandi AUS is on top.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page with first videos and photos.
Thursday, December 13, 2018   

Laser - Sail Melbourne - Melbourne AUS - Day 1

 Laser - Sail Melbourne - Melbourne AUS - Day 1 This morning UTC, "Sail Melbourne" started with the first race, an event no longer part of the Olympic Classes Worldcup, but nevertheless the most attended regatta down-under. Racing is still underway at press deadline this morning (6 a.m UTC), but the first results have been posted.
Sam Meech NZL leads after 2 races in the Lasers Standard ahead of Matthew Wearn AUS.
In the Lasers Radial (M/W) , Maud Jayet SUI finished first in the opening race.
In the all-Australian Lasers 4.7, Daniel Costandi AUS is on top.
All ranking lists and the event facebook page with first videos and photos.
Thursday, December 13, 2018   (Image © Alexis Courcoux)

IMOCA Open 60 - a Class in progress !

 IMOCA Open 60 - a Class in progress  ! During the Paris Salon Nautique underway these days, the IMOCA Class held its Annual Meeting last Tuesday. The technical developments and especially the update with foils did bring much attention. The fact, that the 2021 Round-the-World-Race on Boats with Crews (i.e. the former Volvo Ocean Race) will be sailed on Open 60s, will attract a number of teams from non-French nations to the class.
The news.
 
Top News – Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018   

18 Footer - New South Wales Championship 2018 - Sydney AUS - Race 3

 18 Footer - New South Wales Championship 2018 - Sydney AUS - Race 3 Past Sunday, the very animated third race of the 18-Footer NSW Championship was held on Sydney Harbour in fresh winds. The leading skiffs sailed even twice - first 'Smeg' and then 'Noakesailing' - that opened the way for 'Asko Appliances' with James Dorron/Harry Bethwaite/Kyle Langford AUS to carry the victory home.
The results and the news. Here the link to the full-length livestream replay (3hrs 40min).
In the overall rankings after 3 of the 7 races, the leader is still 'Yandoo'.
 
Top News – Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018   

J/70, Melges 20 - Winter Series - Act II - Monaco MON - Final results

 J/70, Melges 20 - Winter Series - Act II - Monaco MON - Final results Over the past weekend, the second Act of the Sportboat Winter Series was held in Monaco in good conditions and temperatures around 20°C allowing to complete 4 races on Saturday. On Sunday however, a passing storm front with gusts of over 40kn kept the boats in harbour.
In the J/70, a local trio occupied the podium with Nico Poons MON on top. 30 teams from 8 nations.
A Russian duo won in the small Melges 20 fleet with Alexander Mikhaliyk RUS as first ahead of Leonid Altukhov RUS on 2nd.
The results and the news.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018   

World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection 2024 - more critics

 World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection 2024 - more critics www.sailinganarchy.com - one of the most widely read sailing sites in the world - published 2 days ago another text concerning the controversial event selection of the Olympic Games 2024. With precise arguments and facts, those responsible - President Kim Andersen DEN and CEO Andrew Hunt GBR - will remain in distress. Whether the Olympic decision can still be tipped now depends on the Constitution Committee, which has to assess the legality of the vote. Problems with the voting technology meant that at least 4 votes were counted incorrectly. The article.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018   

World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection Voting Scandal - the latest Update

 World Sailing - Olympic Classes Selection Voting Scandal  - the latest Update In today's Tuesday Evening Show, Tom Ehman USA gives the latest update on the Sailing World Olympic Events 2024 Voting scandal livestream on his SailingIllustrated website. Beginning at 21h UTC, special guest Paul Henderson CAN, past-President of ISAF (now World Sailing) will comment the situation as well.
Here the video preview.
 
Top News – Monday, December 10, 2018
Monday, December 10, 2018   

Etchells - 2018/2019 Etchells Biscayne Bay Series - Louis Piana Cup, Coconut Grove FL, USA - Final results

 Etchells - 2018/2019 Etchells Biscayne Bay Series - Louis Piana Cup, Coconut Grove FL, USA - Final results The first of four Etchells Biscayne Bay Series events was held at the Biscayne Bay YC on December 8-9 with 48 teams. Steve Benjamin USA and his team were the clear winners, 7 points ahead of the teams of Jim Cunningham USA and Scott Kaufman USA a point further back in third. Ante Razmilovic GBR was the best non-USA participant.
The results and the Etchells website.
Monday, December 10, 2018   

J/70 - 2018/2019 J/70 Winter Series 1 - Tampa FL, USA, Final results

 J/70 - 2018/2019 J/70 Winter Series 1 - Tampa FL, USA, Final results The first event of the 2018/19 J/70 Winter Series was held over the past weekend in Tampa FL with 47 teams on the starting line. Light winds on the first day allowed to complete 3 races. Unsailable strong winds on the second day kept the boats in harbor.
Igor Rytov and his team was the winner followed by Greiner Hobbs and Douglas Strebel.
The results
Monday, December 10, 2018   (Image © Nico Martinez)

Optimist, 420, Laser 4.7, Europe - Trofeo Ciutat de Palma - Palma ESP - Final results, Sitzmann USA 2nd

 Optimist, 420, Laser 4.7, Europe - Trofeo Ciutat de Palma - Palma ESP - Final results, Sitzmann USA 2nd Three races per fleet were held on Palma Bay yesterday in a fresh wind.
In the 282-boat Optimist fleett, the double World Champion Maria Perella ESP (2017/18) moved on top on the final day. With a 9 points' deficit follow Thomas Sitzmann USA and Richard Schultheis MLT tied on the ranks 2 and 3. No Swiss racing this year.
The Optimist ranking list and the results of the other three classes with Spanish participants only.
The final report (in Spanish).
 
Top News – Sunday, December 9, 2018
Sunday, December 9, 2018   

Star - Star Sailors League - Finals - Nassau BAH - Final results

Overcast skies and a 15-20kn wind prevailed yesterday during the Star Sailors League Final on the Bahamas with the best 10 teams qualified, among them 8 former World Champions.
In the Quarter Finals, Lööf/Natucci SWE/ITA, Grael/Goncalves BRA and Cayard/Lopes USA/BRA were eliminated. The Semi Final was the end for Rohart/Ponsot FRA, Kuszierwicz/Zycki POL and Mendelblatt/Fatih USA. The remaining 3 teams met the qualifcation winners Scheidt/Boehning BRA, directly selected for the Final. But it was the day of Jorge Zarif/Pedro Trouche BRA, winners of the Quarter and Semi Finals, who had the upper hand in the 4-boat Final, taking the title and the lions' share of the prize money. The favorites Scheidt/Boening BRA had to content themselves with rank 2. Negri ITA/Kleen GER finished 3rd, ahead of Melleby NOR/Revkin USA, btw another podium for Frithjof Kleen GER after his 2017 victory with Paul Goodison GBR,
The results, the daily news and the full-lengt video replay of the Final day (perfect 4 hrs rainy Sunday entertainment, sail racing at its best !).
Sunday, December 9, 2018   

Optimist, 420, Laser 4.7, Europe - Trofeo Ciutat de Palma - Palma ESP - Day 2, Sitzmann USA takes interim's lead

Sun and moderate winds prevailed again on Palma Bay yesterday and two races per class were held.
In the Optimists, Thomas Sitzmann USA has taken the lead with two race wins in his Group, ahead of Marc Mesquida ESP at equal points. Two bullets as well brought Maria Perello ESP on rank 3 as best girl.
All ranking lists and the daily news (in Spanish).
 
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