Danish 470 women win Travemuende Week
The Czech helmsman Alexandre Tinoco and his 'Bohemia Express' crew became new ORC European Champions in the Sportsboat class.
'We had ideal sailing conditions and we are happy that we beat all male crews', said the 23 year old Henriette Koch after a brilliant series. In moderate to good easterly winds the Danish crew showed their talent again and scored a bullet on the last day of racing. Silver went to the 'boys' Jan-Jasper Wagner and Lennart Scheuffler from Berlin, Germany, followed by Sandra Sandquist and Karin Berg from Sweden.
The Czech 470 female crew Martina Koutna and Michaela Preibischova took the unthankful fourth place. Bastian and Georg Zinder (Cottbus, Germany) sailed the best 420 dinghy in front of the polish women Anna Goryszeska and Wiktoria Szmit.
The final of the ORC European Sportsboat Championship saw a match race between the leading two teams from the Czech Republic. 'We did not want to take a risk on the last day and have covered ‘Radost II’ consequently', said the new title holder Tinoco. His 'Bohemia Express' crossed the line six seconds in front of the rival Melges 24 with Milan Hajek on the helm.
While the first two had their own battle, the way was free for the Max Fun 25 'MXTC' from the Netherlands. Skipper Marco van Driel took advantage, won the last race and secured bronze, followed by Hans Roettger and his Dutch 'Pandion' crew.
Tobias Schadewaldt, who usually sails in the Laser class and now teams with Hannes Baumann from Kiel (Germany) in the 49er scored two bullets. But Erik Heil and Thomas Plößel, who collected two thirds, seem to be unbeatable as they lead by 21 points, followed by Max Lutz and Lennard Harneit from Kiel. Two more races are scheduled for the last day.
In the Finn Dinghy the European Junior Champion Jan Kurfeld can’t be beaten anymore, although the bullets of the Saturday went to Master’s World Champion Andre Budzin and Thomas Reger, all from Germany.
Ten more classes will celebrate their winners on Sunday (27 July), the last day of the 119th Travemuende Week. Among them the Euro Cup winners in the 505 and in the Javelin class as well as the best German Topcat sailors are still to find. The weather forecast gives hope that the sunny summer shall continue with a perfect sailing breeze.
Full result lists on www.Travemuender-Woche.de
A successful medal haul for the Australian Sailing Team (AST) at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne with five gold, five silver and three bronze in the Olympic class program, plus two gold and one bronze in the Paralympic fleet. Hear what the sailors had to say about their performance, along with some great video footage of the week's racing on Port Phillip.
by Sail-WorldBart’s Bash, the global sailing race that took place in 60 countries around the world, on September 21st, 2014 raised an incredible £366,391.95 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. The race was held in memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, the Olympic gold medal sailor who died in May 2013.
RORC Transatlantic: As with every yacht participating in the race, staff from Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina greeted the French team on arrival with warm congratulations, a cold beer and a welcome basket from the Grenadian Tourism Association on behalf of the people of Grenada. The crew of five looked tired after nearly 17 days at sea, but owner, Frank Lang was full of praise for his crew.
by John CurnowIn a lot of ways, it was kind of befitting that the best conditions of the last day of the Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, were saved for the Women’s Laser Radial Medal Race. Apart from highlighting them in glorious sunshine, like Huey’s own spotlights, it also brought into frame that were only two girls 470 crews in attendance for the regatta.
The website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand, has been launched. The Finn class is eagerly anticipating a return to Takapuna Boating Club for what will be only the second Finn World Championship to be held in New Zealand. It will have been 35 years since Cam Lewis (USA) beat John Bertrand (USA) in a thrilling final race showdown in 1980, to take the Gold Cup.
Looking for a great Christmas present which you can buy with a few mouse clicks? Bob Fisher's books on the Round the World races, Farr 40's and the definitive America's Cup two volume set are still available, along with other titles from South Atlantic Publishing.
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - In January Nqoba, from Durban, will embark on his Yachtmaster qualification and will have none other than legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the first man to ever sail solo, non-stop round the world in 1968-69, as his mentor as he takes the first steps to realise his dream of circumnavigating the globe at the helm of a Clipper 70.
by Kathy LargeIFDS 2014 Worlds: But as you reflect back on the year, we hope you will agree that week of competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia set a new standard for disabled sailing. It was the largest world regatta yet with 18 SKUD-18 teams, 14 Sonar teams and 49 2.4mR competitors and the largest number of countries participating. There were some challenging days finding enough wind to race.
Part 2 of three part, 80 minute, 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 covers what happened from the time the Volvo65 hit the reef on the SE corner of the Cargados Carajos Shoals.
US Sailing’s Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has released the selection procedures for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team (Sailing) in the 10 events selected for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will take place from August 5-21, 2016, and the sailing events will be based at Marina de Gloria on Rio de Janeiro’s harbor front.
Volvo Ocean Race have announced from their headquarters in Alicante, Spain that an independent report has been commissioned into the grounding of Team Vestas Wind’s boat on a reef in the Indian Ocean. The report will be released during the Auckland stopover.
by Team BrunelThe French sailor scratches his newly shaved skin. He tentatively reaches towards a plate of fried chicken pieces. Still not sure. He rubs his chin again. He hesitates. Laurent briefly runs his eye over the other plates, but finally he can no longer resist the crispy fried chicken pieces. 'This is what I’ve been waiting for,' says the cheerful Frenchman.
by Louay HabibTransatlantic Race: After time correction, Apollo 7 is leading IRC Two. Nigel's team included three close friends from his home town of Plymouth, Devon: Steve Wassell, James Slater and Mark Davies. Also on board were two offshore specialists: Dan Gohl, a past Class40 world champion and Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Record holder as well as Rolex Fastnet Race winner Brett Aarons.
The 2014 OK Dinghy World Championship opens at Black Rock Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, Australia, on December 28th and so far there are around 80 entries, with perhaps a few more before registration closes. This 52nd OK Dinghy World Championship will be the third time that Black Rock YC has hosted the event, following 1982 and 1990.
by Hamish NicolAdelaide 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.
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.
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.
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.