Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships
The Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships has been brought to a close with the French team picking up the IOC President's Trophy.
Hundreds of thousands of sailing enthusiasts, local residents, friends and family have passed through the championship venue and the closing ceremony was no different with a packed crowd watching the conclusion of the event.
At the closing ceremony the French team received the IOC President's Trophy which is presented to the best overall performing nation. Julien Bontemps (FRA) and Charline Picon (FRA) started the medal rush as they picked up men's and women's RS:X honours with Thomas Goyard taking men's bronze. Billy Besson and Marie Riou (FRA) gave the nation a further gold to celebrate, picking up Nacra 17 gold with a day to spare.
With 138 Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition places up for grabs across the ten Olympic events, thirty nine nations have secured at least one spot on the Rio start line.
Final top three by class:
1. Mathew Belcher / William Ryan, AUS, 25.30 points
2. Sime Fantela / Igor Marenic, CRO, 44
3. Panagiotis Mantis / Pavlos Kagialis, GRE, 47
1. Lara Vadlau / Jolanta Ogar, AUT, 34
2. Jo Aleh / Polly Powrie, NZL, 45
3. Hannah Mills / Saskia Clark, GBR, 50
1. Peter Burling / Blair Tuke, NZL, 36
2. Jonas Warrer / Anders Thomsen, DEN, 82
3. Nathan Outteridge / Iain Jensen, AUS, 86
1. Martine Soffiatti Grael / Kahena Kunze, BRA, 41
2. Ida Marie Baad Nielsen / Marie Thusgaard Olsen, DEN, 41
3. Giulia Conti / Francesca Clapcich, ITA, 71
1. Giles Scott, GBR, 18
2. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic, CRO, 32
3. Edward Wright, GBR, 50
1. Nicholas Heiner, NED, 45
2. Tom Burtonm AUS, 51
3. Nick Thompson, GBR, 55
Laser Radial Women
1. Marit Bouwmeester, NED, 33
2. Josefin Olsson, SWE, 49
3. Evi Van Acker, BEL, 56
1. Billy Besson / Marie Riou, FRA, 27
2. Santiago Lange / Cecilia Carranza Saroli, ARG, 65
3. Jason Waterhouse / Lisa Darmanin, AUS, 66
1. Julien Bontemps, FRA, 34
2. Przemyslaw Miarczynski, POL, 55
3. Thomas Goyard, FRA, 60
1. Charline Picon, FRA, 27
2. Marina Alabau, ESP, 67
3. Maayan Davidovich, ISR, 67
Santander 2014 ISAF Microsite: www.sailing.org/2014-ISAF-Worlds.php
Canfield Conquers Chicago Match Cup
Chicago, IlInoios, USA: In a masterful display of tenacious match race sailing in today's blustery conditions, Taylor Canfield (ISV) Team US One have successfully defended their Chicago Match Cup title, the only US event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT). Canfield's US One team consists of tactician Rod Dawson, trimmer Mike Rehe and bowman Hayden Goodrick.
Canfield started strong in the 15-20+ knot northerly breeze that puffed and shifted all day, dominating all matches in the first-to-three point Semi Final against Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team and amassing a convincing winning score of 3-0.
In the last match, Canfield wanted and took the right and successfully defended this side to where Williams never had a chance to get ahead. Even in one dial-down defence on the first beat, Canfield simply extended his lead more. With the breeze dropping slightly, and the big puffs of earlier matches no longer available to enable the trailing boat any opportunity to catch the leaders, Canfield went on to sail comfortably to the finish and his successful defence of the Chicago Match Cup, 3-1 over Williams.
Overall results of Stage 4 Chicago Match Cup, Alpari World Match Racing Tour
1. Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One
2. Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
3. Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets
4. Bjorn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team
5. Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
6. Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing
7. Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing
8. Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX
9. Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby
10. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox
11. Don Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race Center
12. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing
Full results: www.wmrt.com/component/wmrt/event_results/96.html
Perfect Conditions For The Last Day Of The EFG Motheurocup
With plenty of sun today, the "Ora engine" was revving up nicely across the whole lake. Under the watchful eye of the Acquafresca PRO, Luca Vangelista, four races were fired off, the last one being a three-lap race. By this time most sailors were definitely feeling their hiking muscles and had to find the extra energy in order to push through the last race. Some great battles were developing for the top spots as the sailors were swapping finishes in every race. Only Chris Rast put his stamp on this last Act by winning every single race, but not without having to fight it out with Carlo de Paoli, who showed great pace, starts and boat handling.
Rast was followed by De Paoli and Galeotti who after an OCS in the last race had to wait and see if Matthias Renker would finish well enough to claim the remaining spot on the podium. With a third in the last race for Renker he fell one point short of Galeotti and will have to seek revenge at the upcoming Swiss Nationals in Geneva at the End of October.
With a solid five Act wins it is also Chris Rast that walks away with the Euro 3000 prize money for winning the overall EFG MothEuroCup ranking for 2014.
Final top five, Act 6
1. Chris Rast, SUI, 5 points
2. Carlo De Paoli, ITA, 12
3. Giovanni Galeotti, BEL, 16
4. Mathias Renker, ISV, 17
5. Adriano Petrino, SUi, 26
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The start of the fifth cycle
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Quantum Racing Clinch 2014 Barclays 52 Super Series Title
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Quantum Racing secured the 2014 Barclays 52 SUPER SERIES title today on Race 7 of the ZENITH Royal Cup Marina Ibiza regatta and on the next race they did enough to also win the Ibiza event, their third regatta title of the season.
The American flagged team of Doug DeVos came to Ibiza with a healthy points lead in the four event circuit which attracted 12 TP52s from ten different nations. They remained steadily consistent to close out their second 52 SUPER SERIES championship win in a row with a margin of 15 points over Azzurra and 19 points over Ran Racing.
Quantum Racing, skippered by America's Cup winner Ed Baird with Terry Hutchinson as tactician also won the US 52 SUPER SERIES in the early Spring and were crowned TP52 World Champions in Sardinia in June.
Final Standings: 2014 BARCLAYS 52 SUPER SERIES
2014 Season Overall after 4 Regattas (Top 6)
1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug De Vos USA), 81
2. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG), 96
3. Ran Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennstrom SWE), 100
4. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA), 124
5. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR), 147
6. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR), 170
Final Standings: ZENITH Royal Cup Marina Ibiza
Overall after 8 races
1. Quantum Racing, USA, (Doug DeVos USA), 23 points
2. Azzurra, ITA, (Alberto Roemmers ARG), 26
3. Ran Racing, SWE, (Niklas Zennstrom SWE), 34
4. Sled, USA, (Takashi Okura USA), 36
5. Gaastra Pro, NED (Marc Blees NED), 38
6. Provezza 7, TUR, (Ergin Imre TUR), 40
7. Gladiator, GBR, (Tony Langley GBR), 45
8. Phoenix, BRA, (Eduardo de Souza Ramos BRA), 47
Bart's Bash Races
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I am pretty sure I will not be on the winning boat this weekend but, for once, that is a long way down my list of priorities. The quest to bring the America's Cup back to Great Britain can wait for a few days.
Sunday's inaugural Bart's Bash is an event I have been looking forward for a long time. A Guinness World Record attempt for the Largest Sailing Race ever (actually hundreds of races all held within a 24hr window), in memory of my great friend and one of this country's greatest Olympic sailors, Andrew Simpson, who tragically lost his life in an America's Cup training accident last year.
The idea is to raise funds for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, a charity set up to encourage and inspire young children to get involved in sailing, something that Bart, one of the kindest and most generous of souls, was particularly passionate about.
The response has been unbelievable, almost overwhelming; a true testament to Bart's popularity within the sailing community. Already over 11,000 sailors from 700 sailing clubs across 65 countries have signed up, which means that from New Zealand to Newquay, from Hawaii to Heathrow - which is where I'll be racing on the Queen Mary Reservoir - there will be hundreds of races taking place in memory of Bart. -- Sir Ben Ainslie
Lorient Horta Solo Leg 2
At 1500hrs on Friday, Gwenole Gahinet, on the Figaro Safran-Guy Cotten, left Horta on the return leg of Lorient Horta Solo. Just before the start, the 18 competitors headed north, their destination: Lorient, where a finish around September 27 is expected. The task: 1,250 miles of solo offshore racing.
After a four-day stopover in Horta, Gahinet left behind the wild and magnificent volcanic island of Faial, keen to return. It was the first time the skipper had been to this archipelago that is very popular with professional and amateur sailors making Atlantic crossings.
The 1,250 miles of racing across the Atlantic could be difficult for the 18 soloists. "The first challenge is to negotiate the light winds at the start," Gahinet explained. "We'll have to take a route to the north or northwest in order to catch the breeze that will gradually turn to east before settling again to a northerly. At its peak, we should have 25 knots of wind, which is pretty considerable upwind on a Figaro Beneteau." Strategically, it looks like being an exciting leg, because managing all these small transitions requires a lot of thought and careful analysis of weather charts and the sea-state.
The fleet is expected around September 27 in Lorient harbour, where the winner of this first edition of the Lorient Horta Solo will be crowned along with the champion of the France Elite de Course au Large en solitaire (France's elite offshore solo sailing championship).
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Tom Carruthers Wins Etchells North Americans
With the top 5 within a point of each other entering the third and final day at the International Etchells Class North American Championship, Tom Carruthers and his team of Andrew Palfrey and Chris Busch posted a 4-1 to win the day and seal the victory. In second was Steve Benjamin with Peter Duncan in third.
Final results (Top 5 of 32; 8 races, 1 discard)
1. Elizabeth, Thomas Carruthers / Andrew Palfrey / Chris Busch , USA, 25 points
2. SCIMITAR, Steve Benjamin / Chris Larson / Scott Norris , USA, 30
3. Raging Rooster, Peter Duncan / Jud Smith / Tom Blackwel , USA, 33
4. The Horn, Anatole Masfen / Dirk Kneulman / Andrew Wills , NZL, 34
5. Lifted, Jim Cunningham / Mark Ivey / Jeff Madrigali / Bryn Bachman, USA, 35
Event site: https://www.chicagoyachtclub.org/2014etchellsnac
Not Sailing But Very Cool
It's not true mental telepathy -- not yet, anyway -- but an international group of researchers is reporting they've successfully transmitted information in a brain-to-brain link between two humans.
Scientists from the U.S., France and Spain say they leveraged several technologies, including computers and the Internet, to send information between test subjects in India and France, separated by 5,000 miles, without carrying out any invasive procedures on the subjects.
By utilizing an electroencephalogram connected to the Internet and transcranial magnetic stimulation, in which electromagnetic induction is used to externally stimulate a brain, it proved possible to communicate information from one human brain to another, the researchers report.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Simon Cash-Reed, founder and Chief Executive of Seago Yachting. Simon passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday 6th September, following a long battle with illness.
Seago was founded by Simon Cash-Reed and Andrew Mills in 2003. Seago is a marine distribution business based in East Sussex. Simon started his career in the marine industry in 1977 with his own business XM Yachting
Simon's son in law Daniel Temple will take over the daily management of Seago, supported by other family members and the Seago team. Dan has worked at Seago for the last year.
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The Last Word
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