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Multala and Rudawski Crowned Laser Radial World Champions
Largs, Scotland: It is never an especially satisfying way to win world titles, but with no racing on the final two days of the Laser Radial World Championships at Largs Finland's Sari Multala and Poland's Marcin Rudawski prevailed and were piped up on to the podium this evening as the 2010 world champions.
Both sailors successfully defended the championship titles they won last year at a breezy regatta in Japan. This time it has been all the more challenging not just for the variety of wind strength but for the difficult shifts in direction which made consistency all the harder to achieve. And perhaps a true reflection of the Clyde's comprehensive test is that five of the top six women are current or past Laser Radial World Champions.
Across the five qualifying heats and one Finals race which were completed Multala's one finish outside the top five was her discarded 49th, gained when the late Sunday afternoon breeze was at its most fluky.
She finished seven points clear of Holland's rising star Marit Bouwmeester. The pair have been regular training partners and credit each other partially for their successes here, and will work again in the build up to next month's Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth and Portland.
Poland's Marcin Rudawski was surprised to win the Men's title last year in Japan, but was doubly pleased to repeat his success here in Largs. His upwind speed and fitness, a by product of two Olympic campaigns in the full rig Laser Standard was key to his consistency, winning four races from six starts. Disc injuries to his back has seen him twice come close to quitting sailing, but the lure of competition has always drawn Rudawski back, and he pledged to be back in La Rochelle, France next year to bid for his hat trick.
Top five: Laser Radial Womens World Championships
Laser Radial Mens World Championship
Another Scorcher at the Volvo Youth Worlds in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey: After the scheduled lay day, Wednesday dawned with another hot and hazy day on the Bay of Marmara at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul. For the second day the fleet of nearly 350 boats were rigged and sitting in the humid Istanbul summer heat whilst everyone waited for a sea breeze to blow.
Eventually by around 15:00 hrs local time, a faint breeze started to form and classes on all three courses were called out. Most classes managed at least one race in wind ranging from 5 - 9 knots before the land started to cool and the sea breeze shut down again.
Just one race again today for the 470 girls and the Austrian's Lara Vadlau and Hannah Hanke, sailing in their first regatta as a team, sailed a tactical race to claim second and maintain their lead over the Swiss pair Linda Fahrni and Maja Siegenthalter.
In the boys 420, the Spanish team of Jordi Xammar and Joan Herp have scored their second consecutive bullet and have not finished lower than fourth. After four races they have nine points and a handsome lead over their Portuguese rivals, Jao Villas Boas and Tomas Camelo, who had to count a 16th in the only race of the day.
The 29ers tried to sail two races today but the breeze shut down meaning they ended up crawling round the inner course and have now completed six races. Gael Jaffrezic and Julien Bloyet (FRA), have discarded their worst result, a fifth and carded top three results to end the day with a seven point lead from Alex Maloney and Sam Bullock who have been knocking on the door of the top ranks all week.
Despite the tireless efforts of the Race Committee on the Laser Radial course today, sadly the Laser Radial girls were unable to complete a race so the overnight results remain the same. The RS:X fleets had to work hard again in the afternoon sun to pump their way round the course for only one race. In the boys division the leader board remains unchanged despite the discard coming in to play. Korean Wonwoo Cho came second to hold a four point lead over Spaniard Mateo Sanz.
Laser Radial Boys
Laser Radial Girls
Race tracking is used for a different fleet each day and can be viewed at: www.onlineracetrack.net
Dragon Grand Prix
The Dragon Grand Prix 2010 finished today among perfect weather and wind conditions. 186 Dragon sailors out of 11 Nations fought during 4 race days and for 7 races for the crown of the Grand Prix winner.
The clear winner was the Transbunker team of the current European Champion UKR 7 with Markus Wieser, Sergei Pugachev and Matti Paschen. The "Bunker Queen" was already in the lead after 6 races, so that it could cancel its 7th race. Second place went to the Swedish crew SWE 358 with Hans and Alexander Liljeblad as well as Theis Palm, followed by Thomas Müller (NRV) auf GER 996 with Vincent Hoesch and Michael Lipp.
After the 6th race, the board of the German Dragon Association decided to hold the next Dragon European Championships 2011 in Boltenhagen and thereby beat the competing locations. The meeting of the world class Dragon sailors in Europe will take place next year, from Sunday 3. July to Friday 8th July, 2011 at the Weisse Wiek. -- Manuela Libor
Full results at www.nrv.de
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Tour Voile: Groovederci Out Of The Night
Who ever said that the art of sailing was like the art of war was right : the winner is the first who is able to adapt to any changes that may occurs. You had to be one of these warriors to get a good result in Royan.
First the fleet had to leave the Vendee port of Talmont before the night and not after as it was scheduled because of a bad weather forecast. And then, after the boats sailed around the islands of Re and Oleron, everybody expected an arrival just before the dawn. It was not to be. The wind just died as the tide was slowly bringing the fleet to the finish line. The ETA which was 5 am was then turn to 7 am and in the end, the first boat arrived at 8 o'clock.
At seven, the victory was supposed to be for Courrier Dunkerque. But at eight the winner was Groovederci. A great result for the American team lead by Deneen Demourkas.
For sure, sailing with no wind is something you want to avoid even though Groovederci made the best of it. It is the first time the American team has won an offshore race. The second boat to cross the line was Courrier Dunkerque, not a surprise. The very solid team from Dunkirk is at ease on the long distance race. They are closing the gap with the leader Nouvelle Caledonie who finshed tenth. A student boat is third on the line, Team SOG Safran who did a brilliant start in Dunkirk and then had some poor results in Britany is back again, now with the help of Antoine Koch, a french singlehanded specialist. The fourth Farr 30 is Oman sail's Renaissance skippered by Rob Greenhalgh.
First five in Leg Talmont Saint Hilaire - Royan :
1. Groovederci, Deneen Demourkas)
Overall top ten results provisional results:
1. Nouvelle Caledonie, Bertrand Pace / Vincent Portugal, 67
World Match Racing Tour Stage 4 Summer TV Scheduling
Setanta Africa will be broadcasting the show at 21.15 (local time) on 30 July and on ESPN Star Sports channels including South East Asia, Malaysia and Nepal at 17.00 (local times) on 4 August you can watch the battle in Portugal in an hour-long programme. Sky Sport 1 New Zealand is also showing the programme at 19.30 (local time) on the 11 August.
The programme, 'Portimao Portugal Match Cup', produced by RedHanded TV and distributed by Boulder Creek International uses onboard cameras to get the viewer closer to all the on water action.
The Portimao Portugal Match Cup highlights show will be broadcast to 180 countries across the globe via broadcasters including CNBC, Setanta Africa, Showtime, Sky NZ, Sky Sports, Yacht and Sail International, Klarner Medien, RTP Portugal, Sevenload as well as America One, ESPN Star Sports, Sportsmax, Fox Sports US, Canal Plus, PCTV Mexico, Untamed Sports and Melita Cable.
View the latest TV schedule for all the races at www.wmrt.com/multimedia/tv-schedules.html
Delta Lloyd IFDS Worlds
Thierry Schmitter (NED) World Champion 2.4mr
Thierry Schmitter was at his best with this wind. He sailed two fabulous races today and crossed the finish line as first in both races. Heiko Kroger fought back like a tiger and after today's first race was still one point ahead of Thierry. A rocket start of Thierry in the second race made an end to the German dream. Nothing could stop him anymore from winning and Thierry could prolong his second World title in succession.
Silver for Heiko Kroger (GER) , Bronze for Megan Pascoe (GBR) who also sailed an excellent Worlds by constantly sailing in the leading fleet. Canadian Paul Tingley was 4th overall and Damien Sequin (RA) 5th.
Alexandra Rickham & Niki Birrel (GBR) World Champion Skud 18
Team Rickham & Birrel proved today that they also can play the game with stronger wind, but they had to fight hard for it. The first race was a neck to neck race for New Zealand, the Aussies, USA and Great Britain. They all gave Rickham & Birrel a hard time and they finished 5 (their lowest score so far). In the second race Rickham & Birrel were heading for gold and finished 4, good for their World title. USA Scott Whitman and Julia Dorsett, who sailed an equally strong Worlds grabbed the Silver, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Rachael Cox (Australia) the Gold.
Udo Hessels, Marcel Van De Veen and Mischa Rossen World Champions in the Sonar
Everyone predicted a battle between Germany and the Netherlands. In race 8 both teams were not able to catch up with the fleet leaders. Team Jens Kroker sailed 6 and 11 today, Team Udo Hessels 8 and 3. Line honors today were twice for the French team Bruno Jourden, Eric Flageul and Nicolas Vimont Vicary who were in superb shape. A excellent double second place was for GBR team John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas placed them at the top of the league with equal points (31) as Germany and the Netherlands. A protest from the Dutch team against the USA team made everyone hold their breath when the jury deliberated. Cheers when it was decided in favor of the Dutch team! A magnificent performance for this team who got their first title in 2003 and now scooped their second Worlds title.
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Dodging The ISAF Bullet...
A lot of people in Europe and around the world like to poke fun at Americans for having a domestic baseball competition called the 'World Series'. But at least MLB boasts 30 teams playing around 15 games of baseball a month attracting talent from around the globe, some World Championships in sailing is not quite as impressive.
For Olympic classes it's simple. A gold medal at the Olympic Games allows you to make a claim to be the best in the world, but for some non-olympic classes, the title of World Champion is a bit more fuzzy. While the ISAF World Match Racing Tour has graded events, a published table of rankings and a year long competition over ten events to determine the World Champion, the World Champion for the Extreme 40 Class will be determined from 6 competing teams over a week in Slovenia.
The event should be a celebration of one of the most exciting classes in the sport, but the 2010 Extreme 40 World Championship demonstrates that the new sheriff at ISAF is still letting promoters off with warnings and making exceptions rather than being strong for the good of the sport. No matter how worthy this event is, it's not a World Championship and shouldn't be given that status.
Mitch Booth, co-creator of the Extreme 40 says:
"It was only six weeks ago that The Ocean Racing Club decided to have this World Championship, to actually commit and do the event which is a bold move at such short notice."
Bold is one word for it. Organising an internal company conference is hard enough at 6 weeks notice. Asking professional sportspeople and the media to respond within a 6 week time-frame just makes the sport look amateur. World Championships should take months, if not years to plan and promote properly...
...Call it the International Extreme 40 Invitational. Call it the Extreme 40 Global Edition. Create an event that satisfies the rules of a proper World Championship and show some respect to the sport by taking some time to plan something special rather than just throwing something together at the last minute. This is a class that the sailing world is looking to as one of the boats to 'save sailing' – it's exciting, it's spectacular, the class rules mandate 5th man positions and some of the world's best sailors are involved. The World Champion should be a rock-star of the sailing world and feel that he or she has beaten the very best.
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The Stuff Of Dreams...
Charles Caudrelier had a plan to set in motion an approach based on the Analysis of Life Cycles. In collaboration notably with the Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, he wanted to promote an ecologically responsible project where everything was closely examined in ecological terms: the boat's ability to be recycled after racing, analysis of the build site so as to limit the carbon footprint of materials, research into innovative materials from recycling, the removal of fossil fuels to favour renewable energies for running the boat... In short, an ambitious project which aimed to find a way to reconcile respect for the environment and performance. Due to a lack of sponsors, Charles has temporarily opted to focus his attention on other projects. Co-skippering a 60 footer with Marc Guillemot in the last two Transat Jacques Vabres as well as the Tour of Spain, he's continuing to remain in direct contact with the IMOCA monohull environment... If he doesn't make it in 2012 then he'll be back in 2016, even better prepared to do battle.
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