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A Perfect Day in Kiel

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Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (CRO) win the 470 Men gold medal
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For the ISAF sailing World Cup sailors the 127th Kieler Woche ended today with thrilling medal races in perfect conditions with 10 to 15 knots of wind and lots of sun. Racing started on Saturday but with two days of very light winds the beautiful conditions of the past two helped bring Kieler Wocher back on schedule and made a happy ending for the fist part of the 127th Kieler Woche. Tomorrow the International Classes will enter the sail area in Kiel to continue the event till Sunday. The X-35 Worlds, the X-41 Europeans and the SAP Europeans of the 505 started this afternoon.

The Medal Races were scheduled to take place on two race areas and the short courses made for plenty of excitement as the medals were decided. First up on the North course were the men’s 470 with the Finn on the South course whilst the final four women’s match race teams completed their semi-final. Two sailors were awarded the overall Kieler Woche trophy, Moana Delle (GER), RS:X Women and Paul Goodison (GBR), Laser, both finished every race in first place to win the award.

At the end of today’s racing, Great Britain finished on top of the medal table, taking home three gold, two silver and one bronze medal to strengthen their position at the top of the overall World Cup medal table. The Netherlands’ sailors also performed strongly on their home waters, winning two gold, one silver and one bronze.

At the end of today’s racing, the home nation top the medal table with two gold and one silver medal. Poland match this result but Great Britain have the biggest medal haul, winning six – one gold, three silver and two bronze – and hold their position at the top of the ISAF Sailng World Cup medal table.

49er

Maybe it was the boat which brought the luck to Lennart BRIESENICK-PUDENZ and Morten MASSMANN (GER) to win the 127th Kieler Woche. The two young students sailing the 2008 Olympic bronze medal winning boat of the Peckolt brothers sailed a consistent series to wear the yellow leader bib today. But in the Medal Race it was the World Cup Standings leaders Paul Paul CAMPBELL-JAMES and Mark ASQUITH (GBR) who put in an emphatic performance to take the race win.After a good start the British duo lead the fleet to the first mark and did not fall out of the top three throughout the race.

Finishing second were Briesenick-Pudenz and Massman who secure their first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta win. The race win gives Campbell-James and Asquith the bronze medal behind Yann ROCHERIEUX and Morgan LAGRAVIERE (FRA) in the silver medal position.

Men’s 470

There were four British teams doing battle in the Men’s 470 Medal Race but it was Jonathan MCGOVERN and Christian BIRRELL who shone today, taking the race win and with it the silver medal overall. Also collecting 19 ISAF Sailing World Cup points, McGovern and Birrell finally have points on the board from this their third World Cup event. Fourth in the medal race, the 2008 World Champions Nic ASHER and Elliot WILLIS join McGovern and Birrell on the podium with the bonze medal.

Third place in the Medal Race was enough give Sime FANTELA and Igor MARENIC (CRO) the Kieler Woche victory. Standings leaders, Stuart MCNAY and William MCBRIDE (USA) did not make the Medal Race but finishing eleventh gives them 10 more points to add to their total and extend their lead at the top of the Standings.

Women’s 470

At their ISAF Sailing World Cup debut, Lisa WESTERHOF and Lobke BERKHOUT (NED) won the gold medal. They were rarely troubled in through this Kieler Woche and although they didn’t win the Medal Race their overall win was by a whopping 11 points from the silver medal winning team from Denmark, Henriette KOCH and Lene SOMMER . The Medal Race winners were the young Australian sailors Stacey OMAY and Chelsea HALL and they finish fourth overall. The podium in Kiel was completed by defending champions Ai KONDO and Wakako TABATA from Japan. The silver medal for Koch and Sommer extends their lead in the World Cup Standings from three points to 22 points, a healthy cushion before the season finale in Weymouth.

Finn

Rafal SZUKIEL (POL) stormed home to win the Medal Race and with it the gold medal. Tied on 20 points at the top of the leaderboard at the start of the race were Deniss KARPAK (EST) and Ivan KLJAKOVIC GASPIC (CRO) but sixth place for Karpak and fourth for the Croatian were not good enough to see off the Polish sailor. The silver medal goes to Kljankovic and the bronze to Karpak. World Cup Standings leader, Ed WRIGHT (GBR) finished seventh in the Medal Race and finishes sixth overall here in Kiel. Adding a further 15 points to his Standings total he will now be impossible to beat at the final event in Weymouth. Kljankovic Gaspic moves up to second place in the standings but just four points ahead of Rafa TRUJILLO VILLAR (ESP).

Laser

It was a classic start to finish victory for the gold medallist from China Paul GOODISON (GBR) who won the Medal Race in the Laser class and the 127th Kieler Woche over all. Leading round every mark Goodison took the bullet ahead of Daniel MIHELI? (CRO) in second and Andreas GERITZER (AUT) in third. Fourth place for Mike Bullot was good enough to secure a place on the podium, his third silver medal of this World Cup series. One step below him is Mihelic who took the bronze medal and moves two places up the World Cup Standings to second place. Goodison’s third successive win takes him to fourth on the Standings but he will not be able to challenge fellow Brit Nick THOMPSON who adds a further 16 points to his score after finishing fifth here in Kiel.

Laser Radial

The American battle for Laser Radial supremacy continued at Kieler Woche. This time it was Paige RAILEY who sailed the most consistent regatta counting only first and second place finishes. The Medal Race was no exception and the win gives her the gold medal and lifts her into a podium position on the ISAF Sailing World Cup standings. Anna TUNNICLIFFE finished the Medal Race in fourth to take the bronze medal and consolidate her position at the top of the Standings.

Evi VAN ACKER (BEL) has sailed another excellent regatta and her second place finish in the Medal Race is also second overall. Tina MIHELIC (CRO) finished fifth overall in Kiel but maintains her position behind Tunnicliffe on the Standings, these are the only two sailors to have completed all six World Cup events.

Men’s RS:X

Przemyslaw MIARCZYNSKI (POL) finished as he began, with a race win, to take the gold medal with an outstanding 11 point lead from his nearest rival. Second in the Medal Race was Christian Christian FREIMüLLER (GER) with Byunggun LEE (KOR) third but Toni WILHELM (GER) hangs onto the silver medal after finishing fifth.

The top of the Standings are not affected by the results from Kieler Woche as many of the usual suspects of the RS:X fleet did not sail here so, as the final event in Weymouth approaches, João RODRIGUES (POR) leads by two points from Dorian VAN RIJSSELBERGE (NED)

Women’s RS:X

Moana DELLE (GER) did not look troubled throughout this Kieler Woche and the Medal Race was no exception today. With a clean sweep of race wins Delle put in another excellent performance to win the event and another 20 World Cup points. Delle’s 20 Standings points move her up to fourth overall and in contention for an overall podium finish when the ISAF Sailing World Cup finishes in Weymouth in September.

Anna GALECKA (POL) finished the Medal Race in second place to take the silver medal while Tuuli Petaja (FIN) finishes third overall. Third in the Medal Race was Nikola GIRKE (CAN) and she finishes in sixth place overall to move up the Standings to eighth. Blanca MANCHON (ESP) is unbeatable at the top of the World Cup Standings but the challenge will be on for the final two podium positions in Weymouth.

Star

In second place going into today’s Medal Race, the main rival for MARK MENDELBLATT and Mark STRUBE (USA) was British gold medal winning team of Iain PERCY and Andrew SIMPSON who lead by just two points. Mendleblatt and Strube finished second behind Hamish PEPPER and Craig MONK but this was enough to give them the gold medal. The American team pick up 20 points to leap four six places up the World Cup Standings to fourth overall. Percy and Simpson finished eighth in the Medal Race with equal points to Pepper and Monk but the Kiwis race win gives them the silver medal and the Brits the bronze.

Women’s Match Racing

First up this morning were the Semi-Finals and winner after the previous stage, Katie SPITHILL (AUS) elected to race Julie BOSSARD and her French team. Spithill made short work of Bossard, with three straight wins taking her direct to the final. The other Semi-Final between Nicole SOUTER (AUS) and Renee GROENEVELD (NED) took a little longer with Souter taking first blood. Groeneveld fought back to draw the score at one all but the next two went to Souter to set up an all Australian final.

And it was quite a Final as these closely matched teams took it down to the wire. Souter took the first two wins and it looked like it might be all over but Spithill fought back to win three in a row and take the title.

In the petit-final, Bossard beat Groeneveld with back to back wins to claim the bronze medal for France. Spithill, Souter and Bossard are all new to the ISAF Sailing World Cup which is lead by Lucy MACGREGOR, Annie LUSH and Ally MARTIN (GBR), the only team to have sailed at all three events to host match racing.

2.4mR

There was no Medal Race sailed by the 2.4mR class, which were open for disabled and non-disabled sailors in Kiel. In the fleet race it was again German gold medallist from Sydney Heiko KRÖGER (GER) who had nerves of steel. With a second and third in the last races of the Olympic Classes part of the 127th Kieler Woche Kroeger left Thierry SCHMITTER (NED) and Jens Als ANDERSEN (DEN) behind him. With 11 races completed, Kroeger wins the gold by five points from Schmitter while early fleet leader Andersen completes the podium to win the bronze.

The final event of the 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup is Skandia Sail for Gold Regattta in Weymouth, Great Britain from 14-19 September.

ISAF Sailing World Cup

The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 consists of the following events:

16-21 Dec 2008 – Sail Melbourne The Asia Pacific Regatta, Melbourne, Australia
25-31 Jan 2009 – Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA
4-10 April 2009 – Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain
18-24 April 2009 – Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France
27-31 May 2009 – Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, Netherlands
20-29 June 2009 – Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany
14-19 Sept 2009 – Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain

Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, including more on the seven events, the latest World Cup Standings, the scoring system and the Notice of Series at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.

Kieler Woche/ISAF

Kieler Woche Latest Stop For ISAF Sailing World Cup

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Following on from ISAF Sailing World Cup events at Melbourne, Miami, Palma, Hyeres and Medemblik, Kiel is the sixth and penultimate stop of the inaugural World Cup series. With only the World Cup finale at Weymouth to follow, racing in Kiel next week is set to be a crucial factor in determining the first ever World Cup winners. Crews are awarded points Grand Prix-style at each World Cup event, with the maximum 20 points for overall victory, 19 points for second place down to 1 point for a twentieth place finish. Added together these points determine the ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings.

Amongst the crews entered at Kiel are seven who currently lead their respective event in the World Cup Standings. However, these crews know they can take nothing for granted as they have some of the world’s top sailing talent chasing them down.

Amongst those competing is Beijing gold medallist Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA), leader of the Laser Radial World Cup Standings and one of the stars of the series to date. Two other Olympic gold medal winning crews come from Great Britain: Paul GOODISON (GBR), who has won the last two World Cup events in the Laser; and the Star team of Iain PERCY and Andrew SIMPSON (GBR), who are making their World Cup debut at Kiel.

“Even after an Olympic year, when many sailors take a break, new crews set up or others completely finish such as the PECKHOLT brothers, entry lists still reflecting not only quantity but also high quality”, says Jobst RICHTER, Chairman of Kieler Woche Race Committee who presented a “Kieler Woche of highlights” at the press conference in the newly restored Kiel Yacht-Club-Hotel.

Besides the ISAF Sailing World Cup competition, Kieler Woche has even more to offer. Three high class international championships (the X-35 Worlds, the X-41 Europeans and the SAP Europeans of the 505); the debut of the new Olympic equipment for the Women’s Match Racing event, the Elliott 6m; and the virtual Kieler Woche online are other highlights of this year’s event, which again brings together all varieties of the sport from cutter sailing to surfboard, dinghy and offshore yachts, disabled sailing events and the famous windjammer parade.

On the starting line…

The ISAF Sailing World Cup, which was launched in Kiel last year, will without a doubt be this year’s sporting highlight during Kieler Woche. In particular the debut of the new Elliott 6m match racing keelboat should provide plenty of excitement. A total of 22 crews from 11 nations have entered. Skipper Lucy MACGREGOR (USA), currently leading the World Cup Standings, tops the entry list. Amongst her challengers will be Mary ROOK (GBR), second in the World Cup Standings, Australian match racing star Katie SPITHILL (AUS) and Ulrike SCHUEMANN (GER), who finished fourth at the Beijing Olympic Games in the Yngling event.

Besides SCHUEMANN and the experienced match race sailor Silke HAHLBROCK (GBR), a third German crew is fighting for match race recognition: Svenja PULS and Janika PULS together with Nele-Marie BOCK. Last year in Kiel, PULS first indicated her interest in match racing which the 24 year old medical student is now about to realise. “We are practising together a lot and have put the main emphasis on sailing rather than our studies“, said Svenja, who is also a very successful Europe sailor (World Champion in 2007, winner of YES/Kiel in 2008 and 2009). For her and her sister Janika, a 21 year old economical engineering student who sailed last year’s Kieler Woche in the Laser Radial event, the spinnaker is still not the most familiar sail onboard. That is why experienced J24-sailor BOCK (24 years old) is part of the team. “There is still a lot to learn but we are making progress“, remarks Janika.

Together with the other World Cup events, the Women’s Match Racing competition will begin on Friday 19 June with the practise race. The first start proper will follow on Saturday at 11:00. All World Cup events will be racing until Wednesday 24 June. From Thursday 25 June until Sunday 28 June the International classes will be on the starting line. Offshore races will take place from 20-28 June.

World Cup Stars

As well as the Women’s Match Racing event the other World Cup classes, in particular, the Laser Radial, Laser, Finn and Star, have a strong field of competitors in Kiel. In the Laser Radial, TUNNICLIFFE will compete against her closest rivals in the World Cup Standings, second-placed Tina MIHELIC (CRO) as well as third-placed Paige RAILEY (USA). In the Laser class GOODISON will be meeting World Cup leader Nick THOMPSON (GBR). Finn sailor Edward WIGHT (GBR) is not only defending his lead the World Cup but also the title he won at Kieler Woche in 2008. Amongst his closest competitors will be the Olympic silver medallists from Beijing and Athens, respectively, Zach RAILEY (USA) and Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP).

As every year in the Star class it will be a reunion of the best. Due to the European Championship taking place in Kiel two weeks later, the Star-elite will be in Kiel for three weeks. Olympic Champions PERCY and SIMPSON, World Cup leaders Xavier ROHART and Pierre-Alexis PONSOT (FRA), World Cup second-place crew Andrew MACDONALD and Brian FATIH (USA), as well as past winners of the European Championship, Mark MENDELBLATT and Mark STRUBE (USA) – all entered at an early stage. Beijing silver medallists and Medemblik winners Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA), and Beijing bronze medallist Fredrik LOOF and new crew Johan TILLANDER (SWE) might also be joining the group of competitors.

Along with the international stats, a strong German fleet has hopes to finish successfully: Alexander SCHLONSKI and Frithjof KLEEN, who come off the back of a bronze medal at the World Cup in Medemblik; 2008 European Champions Robert STANJEK and Markus KOY; youngsters Johannes BABENDERERDE and Timo JACOBS; Matthias MILLER and Benedikt WENK; along with the new pairing of Olympic Tornado participant Johannes POLGAR and America’s Cup participant Tim KROGER.

Kieler Woche giants chasing FINDEL and TELLEN

Highlight of the International Part of Kieler Woche is the SAP 505 European Championship and the contest between Kieler Woche giants Wolfgang HUNGER (GER) and Jörgen BOJSEN-MÖLLER (DEN) who have both won the Kieler Woche trophy 16 times! At YES during Withsun in Kiel, which is said to be the final rehearsal for Kieler Woche, 2007 World Champions Jan SAUGMANN and Morten RAMSBAEK (DEN) finished the regatta in first, belonging to a group of high-class “Fiven”. That is also where Jens FINDEL and Johannes TELLEN (GER) are aiming. The 28 year olds are currently the measure of all things especially when it comes to speed.

“I don’t like it when I don’t get a boat going“, says HUNGER who exchanged main and spinnaker to reach the speed of FINDEL. “At the moment he is sailing faster than anyone else“, states HUNGER who has already experienced this phenomenon on Lake Garda. You got close to everyone else but no one had reached the speed of FINDEL yet. No wonder that everyone had a good look at FINDEL’s boat and sails. “That is no problem in our class. That is what we allow each other“, says FINDEL. Material is one thing but the head another. And at the moment everything was fine with him, said FINDEL about his formula of success.

X-classes: Soyka series 7-5-3

The X-35 World Championship during Kieler Woche is hosting a strong field. After the European Championship in 2008 where 16 X-yachts were fighting for the title, a total of 31 yachts from 10 different nations have entered for this year’s regatta. Besides Briton Marc RICHMOND and his “Cool Running“ (silver at Worlds 2007/bronze at Europeans 2008) the German X-yachts are facing strong competition from Italy. For Christian SOYKA who has been on the starting line in Kiel with his “Immac-X“ for the last three years it is more than clear: after the seventh place at the Worlds in 2007 and a fifth at the Europeans in 2008 he is now chasing a third at the Worlds 2009. To realise this, the current X-99 World Champion got his X-35 ready for racing just in time.

Following its little sister’s wake, the X-41 fleet will also be coming to Kiel in order to determine their European Champion on racing area Alpha. Among the ten X´s coming from six nations are “König&Cie“ and “Extasy“ who will be representing the German colours.

ISAF Sailing World Cup

The ISAF Sailing World Cup 2008-2009 consists of the following events:

16-21 Dec 2008 – Sail Melbourne The Asia Pacific Regatta, Melbourne, Australia
25-31 Jan 2009 – Rolex Miami OCR, Miami, USA
4-10 April 2009 – Trofeo SAR Princess Sofia MAPFRE, Palma, Spain
18-24 April 2009 – Semaine Olympique Francaise, Hyeres, France
27-31 May 2009 – Delta Lloyd Regatta, Medemblik, Netherlands
20-29 June 2009 – Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany
14-19 Sept 2009 – Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, Weymouth, Great Britain

Find out more about the ISAF Sailing World Cup, including more on the seven events, the latest World Cup Standings, the scoring system and the Notice of Series at www.sailing.org/isafsailingworldcup.

Hermann Hell (As Amended By ISAF)

ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 3 June 2009

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Paul GOODISONis win at the Delta Lloyd Regatta helps propel him back to the top of the Laser Rankings
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The top stars from the Olympic sailing world were out in force for event five of the 2008-09 ISAF Sailing World Cup at the Delta Lloyd Regatta in Medemblik, with results having a major influence at the top of the new Rankings lists published today.

New Leaders

Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP) narrowly missed out on winning his first ISAF Sailing World Cup medal at Medemblik, but another top-five finish propels the consistent Spaniard up to the top of the pile in the latest Ranking release. It’s the first time Trujillo has held the world #1 Ranking spot since May 2005 and helps lift Spain to the top of the national standings in this Ranking release, with two skippers in world #1 position and one at #3.

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The other new Ranking leader comes as little surprise with Beijing Olympic gold medallist Paul GOODISON (GBR) returning to the top of the Laser Rankings. Goodison took a short break following his success in Qingdao last August, but has returned to the Laser fleet in sensational form, winning both of the World Cup events he has competed in at Hyeres and last week in Medemblik. In contrast, former world #1 Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) has struggled on his return from a disappointing Olympic Games. He finished way down in 59th place at Hyeres, bounced back with a dominating win at the ISAF Grade 2 Expert Olympic Garda, but struggled again at the Delta Lloyd Regatta, although his 13th place earned the Aussie his first World Cup points of the season.

Amongst the other Rankings leaders, May was a bumper month for Brazilian Star pairing Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA who scored wins at Garda and Medemblik along with a second place at the Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship held in Hyeres, France. Italian brothers and 49er pairing Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO have also enjoyed some top performances, winning at Garda and then picking up a silver medal at the Delta Lloyd Regatta. Men’s 470 world #1 crew Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED) also put in a strong performance at Medemblik to earn a silver medal.

For the top Olympic sailors there is a new challenge in 2009, with the ISAF Sailing World Cup linking together seven of the world’s premier events to form a new series. Points are awarded in Grand Prix-style to the top 20 at each event, with first overall scoring 20 points, second 19 points etc., down to 1 point for twentieth place. (In contrast the World Rankings are based over a 24-month period with a more complicated set of calculations involving the Grading of an event, the number of competitors taking part, the Ranking of those competitors etc.) After five of the seven World Cup events, US Laser Radial skipper and Beijing gold medallist Anna TUNNICLIFFE is the only sailor to hold the double honour of a world #1 Ranking and top position in the World Cup Standings.

World Ranking Leaders – 3 June 2009

Heavyweight Dinghy – Finn
Rafa TRUJILLO (ESP)

Women’s One Person Dinghy – Laser Radial
Anna TUNNICLIFFE (USA)

Men’s One Person Dinghy – Laser
Paul GOODISON (GBR)

Men’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Sven COSTER and Kalle COSTER (NED)

Women’s Two Person Dinghy – 470
Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadège DOUROUX (FRA)

Skiff – 49er
Pietro SIBELLO and Gianfranco SIBELLO (ITA)

Men’s Keelboat – Star
Robert SCHEIDT and Bruno PRADA (BRA)

Men’s Windsurfer – RS:X
Julien BONTEMPS (FRA)

Women’s Windsurfer – RS:X
Marina ALABAU (ESP)

Movers and Shakers

The new Australian 470 crew of Mathew BELCHER and Malcolm PAGE made a return to the World Cup series at Medemblik with a strong sixth place finish helping them climb 16 places in this Ranking up to #24. In the Laser Rankings, Canadian David Wright makes similarly impressive gains after a top 10 finish at the fifth World Cup event, moving from #51 to #36.

In the Star Rankings, the new French pairing of Xavier ROHART and Pierre-Alexis PONSOT already have the lead in the World Cup Standings and also break into the top five of the Rankings this month, gaining five places up to #4. Ireland’s Peter O’LEARY and Tim GOODBODY are even higher climbers, moving up from #18 to #9 after winning the Eastern Hemisphere Championship and then making the Medal Race at Medemblik.

Croatians Pavle KOSTOV and Petar CUPAC, who lent their boat to the eventual gold medallists Jonas WARRER and Martin Kirketerp IBSEN (DEN) during the 49er Medal Race at the Beijing Olympic Games, have started their new Olympic campaign strongly. After finishing 11th at Hyeres they improved to seventh at Medemblik and gain three places in this Ranking to a best-ever position of #15.

Also scoring best-ever Ranking places are Zach RAILEY (USA) and Tapio NIRKKO (FIN) in the Finn fleet. Both skippers impressed with top 10 finishes at Medemblik to move up four places to #6 and #7 respectively. Britain’s Giles SCOTT is another Finn sailor on the rise. After winning in Palma earlier in the year he came within a whisker of another World Cup gold medal in Medemblik, just missing out in the Medal Race to team mate Ed WRIGHT (GBR). Scott’s performances this year have marked him out as a name to watch in the London 2012 campaign and he climbs up seven places in this Ranking to a career best of #17.

Tatiana DROZDOVSKAYA of Belarus is another sailor to achieve a career-best Ranking this month. After winning the 2007 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Cascais, the Belarusian had flattered to deceive on the international stage but suddenly found her form again in Medemblik, winning a closely fought Medal Race to earn her first World Cup gold medal. She gains four places in this Ranking to #7.

Like DROZDOVSKAYA, Ricardo SANTOS (BRA) also won gold at the 2007 ISAF Worlds, but unlike the Belarusian, the Brazilian windsurfer has rarely been off the pace at the front of the RS:X fleet since. After a run of three top-five World Cup finishes at Palma, Hyeres and Medemblik he moves up four places to equal his career-best Ranking of #2.

The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 29 July 2009 following on from Kieler Woche, event six of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, the Finn Gold Cup and 49er World Championship.

Visit the ISAF World Sailing Rankings homepage at www.sailing.org/rankings for more on the latest Ranking release and dates for all 2009 Ranking releases.

Events Included

Results from the following events have been included in the rankings since their last issue (4 February 2009):

Class Event (Grade)
Star Expert Olympic Garda – Eurolymp (2); Star Eastern Hemisphere Championship (C1); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)

Laser Laser Europa Cup – France (2); Laser Atlantic Coast Championship (2); Spring Dinghy Championship (3); Expert Olympic Garda – Eurolymp (2); Palavska Regatta (3); GKSS Regatta (3); United 4(ll) (3); Laser Europa Cup – Netherlands (3); Canadian Olympic Classes Regatta (Icebreaker) (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1); Pfingstbusch Young European Sailings (3)

Finn Expert Olympic Garda – Eurolymp (2); Palavska Regatta (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)

Laser Radial Laser Europa Cup – France (2); Expert Olympic Garda – Eurolymp (2); GKSS Regatta (3); United 4(ll) (3); Laser Europa Cup – Netherlands (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)

49er Expert Olympic Garda – Eurolymp (2); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)

Men’s & Women’s 470 Expert Olympic Garda – Eurolymp (2); United 4(ll)M-470 (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)

Men’s & Women’s RS:X RS:X Festival on the Beach M-RS:X (3); Delta Lloyd Regatta (1)

Events Not Included

Graded events which have not been included are:

Event Classes not included Reason

Regatta Port Bourgas –
Bourgs Sailing Week M-470 (3); W-470 (3); Laser (3) Not enough entrants

Regatta Port Bourgas –
Bourgs Sailing Week Finn (3) Not eligible to enter, only one nation

Spring Dinghy
Championship Laser Radial (3) Not enough entrants

Spring Dinghy
Championship W-470 (3); M-470 (3) No Racing

Expert Olympic Garda –
Eurolymp (2) W-RS:X (2); M-RS:X (2) Not enough entrants

Expert Olympic Garda –
Eurolymp (2) W-Match Racing No Racing

Palavska Regatta (3) Laser Radial (3) Not enough entrants

GKSS Regatta (3) W-470 (3); M-470 (3); Finn (3);
49ER (3) Not enough entrants

United 4(ll) United 4 (ll) (3) Not enough entrants

Canadian Olympic Classes
Regatta (Icebreaker) Laser Radial (3) Not eligible to enter, only one nation

Canadian Olympic Classes
Regatta (Icebreaker) (3) 49er (3) No Racing

RS:X Festival on the
Beach W-RS:X (3) Not enough entrants

Laser No Coast
Championship Laser (3) Not eligible to enter, only one nation

Laser No Coast
Championship Laser Radial (3) Not eligible to enter, mixed results

Pfingstbusch Young
European Sailings Laser Radial (3) Not eligible to enter, only one nation

Pfingstbusch Young
European Sailings W-470 (3); M-470 (3) Not eligible to enter, mixed results

The results of the above regattas, full ISAF World Sailing Rankings, lists of graded events throughout the year and the method of calculation for the rankings may be found on the ISAF website.

ISAF World Sailing Rankings – www.sailing.org/rankings

RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009 - A great success

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Visitors, exhibitors and organisers alike have all expressed how delighted they’ve been with the weekend, with talks, demonstrations and aisle ways being packed to the rafters throughout.

Lesley Milne, from new 2009 title sponsor Volvo Car UK said “This is our first year as title sponsor of the show and we are really pleased with how well it has been attended. The audience is great for us; our new Volvo XC60 is great for sailors and has had so much attention during the show.”

It wasn’t just the sponsors who were delighted with the show; Brenda Hoult, a sailor at Weston Sailing Club who visited the show said: “I’m no rock star but it’s the approachability, enthusiasm and personal service you get from the exhibitors, experts and even the star sailors that really make the show what it is.”

Around the show the mood was much the same for the 250 plus exhibitors. Greg O’Brien from Purple Marine commented: “The show has been very good, we’re really happy, there’s definitely no credit crunch here.” For Neil Pryde it was a similar sentiment. “We’ve used the show as an effective springboard to launch our new range and the feedback and enthusiasm we’ve had from the visitors has been very exciting and positive. If interest at the show is any indication, we will have a very prosperous year”, commented Chris Lewis.

Over on the Laser stand Chris Huffen said: “We’ve had lots of interest on the stand from visitors wanting to speak to the experts who sail the boats, but also those who want to see the boats and also buy the boats. It’s been a really good.”

Being the only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing it really is a must for all dinghy sailors and enthusiasts. The show offers visitors not only the opportunity to check out the latest kit, boats and learn from the dinghy sailing experts, but they also have the chance to mingle and get up close and personal with some of the sports elite sailors including the likes of Olympic gold medal winners Iain Percy, Andrew Simpson, Paul Goodison, Sarah Ayton and Pippa Wilson.

Steve Gray, RYA marketing manager said of the show: “We have seen an increase of over 10% on last year’s visitor’s numbers and we are delighted. The show has really been a huge success and we hope to make the show even bigger and better next year.”

To see all the news and pictures from this year’s held at Alexandra Palace, London, visit the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show website www.dinghyshow.org.uk

Hope to see you there next year!

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YOUNGSTER SURPRISED BY SAILING HERO AT RYA VOLVO DINGHY SHOW 2009

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Mark, was surprised with his gift thanks to the Starlight Children’s foundation a charity which grants the wishes of a lifetime to very seriously and terminally ill children.

A keen and promising young sailor Mark had to give up his sailing at the age of 15 after being diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, bone cancer at the age of 13. He has since undergone major surgery, a tibia and right knee replacement and some very intensive chemotherapy.

Not only has Mark spent months in hospital but he has had to forgo representing his school sailing team for a couple of years and has now grown out of his dinghy which he used to love sailing. So when Mark was put forward for a wish he immediately asked for a new boat to replace the one he could no longer use.

Mark who joined Paul on the main stage at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009 said: “Thank you very much; I just can’t wait for summer to get back on the water at my club and beat everyone in my new boat.”

Mark also received buoyancy aids signed by Skandia Team GBR sailors, a unique drawing of the sailors who competed at the 2008 Games, clothing and kit amongst other gifts.

“I wish Mark all the best for his sailing and it’s great to see him here today fitting fit”, commented Paul.

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OLYMPIC SAILING STARS SOUND THE STARTERS GUN FOR THE RYA VOLVO DINGHY SHOW 2009

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Iain Percy said: “Being the only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailors, it really is a must for the calendar. It’s a fantastic opportunity for sailors of all ages and abilities to get together and hear from some of the top sailors, coaches and instructors in the sport, as well as pick up some of the latest kit and boats around. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store.”

Paul, Iain and Andrew were joined by Stevie Morrison (49er), Nick Rogers (470m), Joe Glanfield (470m) and Helena Lucas (2.4m).

Steve Gray, RYA marketing manager said: “We are delighted that these champion sailors could come and open this year’s show, they are such great ambassador for the sport and undoubtedly some of the finest dinghy sailors in the world and a great inspiration to all the dinghy enthusiasts attending the show.

“We are hoping that following such a great opening, this year’s show proves just as popular.”

The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009, in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki, is the only show in the world dedicated to dinghy sailing with something for everyone from the complete beginner to the seasoned pro.

With a host of events on throughout the weekend it really is an essential for any dinghy sailor’s calendar.

The show runs over the weekend 7-8 March, tickets available on the door.

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DAY ONE OF THE RYA VOLVO DINGHY SHOW 2009 ENDS TO THE SOUND OF MUSIC

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Packed to the rafters with boats, kit and a host of Olympic sailors, this year’s show is proving, to be as popular as ever.

Seven of the history making sailors from the 2008 Beijing games kick started the day welcoming dinghy enthusiasts to the show. Once inside there were talks, prizes galore and plenty of action around the exhibitors stands.

There were great battles taking place at the rowing challenge with everyone from young children to seasoned sailors putting themselves through their paces in the 1 minute distance trial.

RYA Sailability launched two new programmes Sailability TV and Beginner to Winner supported by inspirational solo sailor Geoff Holt and Skandia Team GBR’s Helena Lucas.

For some local youngsters there was the unique opportunity to have an up close and personal chat with gold medal winners Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson – the girls were even given the opportunity to get their hands on the boys gold medals!

Frensham Pond Sailing Club from Surrey were crowned the RYA Club of the Year, whilst four further clubs were awarded the prestigious Volvo RYA Champion Club status.

There was a special treat for one young man at the show, Mark Williams from Essex who was surprised by Paul Goodison, Team Volvo for life sailor, with a brand new Laser being after being nominated for a special Starlight gift that grants wishes for profoundly and terminally ill children.

There was plenty to see around the show too from classic boat designs to the very latest foiling dinghies. Stands and walkways were awash with visitors much to everyone’s delight.

Steve Gray, RYA marketing manager commented: “It has been a fantastic at the show today and we are hoping many more people come to experience this unique event tomorrow.”

On day two the show will be joined by yet more Olympic gold medallists including Sarah Ayton and Pippa Wilson, as well as even more expert talks covering racing rules, fitness, nutrition, rig tuning and much much more.

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Pick up the latest RYA Publications and DVDs at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009

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Alongside a full range of popular titles, the following new titles will be available for the first time at the show:

· RYA Laser Handbook by Paul Goodison – the long awaited new edition of the best selling RYA Racing series. Chapters include manoeuvring, upwind and downwind techniques, care & maintenance, body weight & nutrition and sailing theory.

· RYA Dinghy Sailing Advanced Handbook – 2nd Edition (includes DVD) – packed full of detailed drawings and diagrams providing clear instructions on different manoeuvres and explanations of relevant sailing theory. Invaluable for anyone taking RYA advanced sailing modules.

· RYA Racing Rules of Sailing 2009 – 2012 – essential reading for every racing sailor; with a complete guide of the rules, all rule changes and definitions, race signals and international code flags. Its waterproof too so can be kept on board without getting damaged.

· RYA Optimist Handbook by Alan Williams – a great book to get youngsters interested and involved in sailing and racing. With everything from choosing and setting up the boat and rig to top tips from well known sailors and coaches.

· RYA Speed DVD hosted by Adam Bowers – the ultimate race preparation DVD, designed to help everyone become more competitive from the outset. Learn how to prepare the boat prior to racing, and the adjustments you can make for the best possible performance.

· RYA Magnetic Boat Pack – ideal for an accurate depiction of any sailing scenario, as well as to teach or enforce the racing rules.

Not only can you get your hands on these new titles but both Paul Goodison and Alan Williams will be available throughout the weekend to sign copies of their new publications. Get your copy signed or ask them a question or two.


Throughout the show there will be a 20% discount on all RYA publications for RYA members.


The RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009 in association with Yachts & Yachting and Suzuki is the only show in the world dedicated entirely to the dinghy sailor. Whatever you age or ability there is something for everyone – all the boats, all the kit, all the knowledge.

So book your tickets now! Visit the website to find out more or book your tickets www.dinghyshow.org.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0845 345 0424. By pre-booking your tickets you will automatically be entered in to a free prize draw to win a fabulous RS-Tera dinghy, courtesy of LDC Racing Sailboats.

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Olympic sailing stars to open RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2009

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For the weekend of 7th – 8th March, Alexandra Palace becomes the home of all things dinghy sailing. Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking for the latest kit, boats and tips on improving your skills to the complete novice or first timer interested in finding out how to get involved, where to sail and what to sail there is something for everyone.

Paul Goodison, Team Volvo for life sailor and Skandia Team GBR’s gold medal winning Laser star said: “This show is fantastic for dinghy sailors no matter what age or ability they are. There are so many great boats, pieces of kit and speakers at the show that everyone comes away with something to improve their sailing.”


Paul will be joined by fellow Beijing stars to open the show:

·Iain Percy Double Gold medallist, Beijing 2008 (Star) & Sydney 2000 (Finn)

·Andrew Simpson Gold, Beijing 2008 (Star)

·Stevie Morrison 9th, Beijing 2008 (49er)

·Helena Lucas 7th, 2008 Paralympics Regatta (2.4m)

·Nick Rogers Double Silver medallist, Beijing 2008 (470m) & Athens 2004 (470m)

·Joe Glanfield Double Silver medallist, Beijing 2008 (470m) & Athens 2004 (470m)


So why not get your ticket now and come meet some of the sports most inspirational sailors, ask them questions on the secrets of their success or pick up an autograph or two or seven!

Get your tickets online now at www.dinghyshow.org.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0845 345 0424.

By booking your tickets in advance you will automatically be entered in to a free prize draw to win a fantastic RS-Tera dinghy, courtesy of LDC Racing Sailboats.

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Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson winning gold at the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing

REMINDER - REGISTER NOW FOR THE RYA VOLVO DINGHY SHOW 2009

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Interviews

The following Team Volvo for life / Skandia Team GBR / Beijing 2008 sailors will be available to interview over the weekend of the show, along with members of staff from the RYA. If you wish to arrange an interview with someone then please contact me with your request. Ask about sailing health & fitness, the body benefits of sailing or how they got started, the secrets behind their success!


Saturday

Iain Percy Gold, 2008 Olympics Beijing (Star)

Andrew Simpson Gold, 2008 Olympics Beijing (Star)

Stevie Morrison 9th, 2008 Olympics Beijing (49er)

Helena Lucas 7th, 2008 Paralympics Regatta (2.4m Radial)

Nick Rogers Silver, 2008 Olympics Beijing (470m)

Paul Goodison Gold, 2008 Olympics Beijing (Laser)

Joe Glanfield Silver, 2008 Olympics Beijing (470m)


Sunday

Pippa Wilson Gold, 2008 Olympics Beijing (Yngling)

Sarah Ayton Gold, 2008 Olympics Beijing (Yngling)

Paul Goodison Gold, 2008 Olympics Beijing (Laser)

Ben Rhodes 9th, 2008 Olympics Beijing (49er)


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Guy Malpas – Regional Development Officer, London and Thames Valley – promoting Sailing in the City

Victoria Lenz – Sailing Development Officer – responsible for RYA’s youth sailing programme ‘OnBoard’

Amongst others… if there is something you want to discuss we can find the right person for you to talk too.

(Please note sailor attendance subject to change and interviews will be arranged on a first come first served basis and depending upon availability)

To register

Simply visit www.dinghyshow.org.uk click on media centre, press registration; complete the form and an automated response will be send to you confirming your registration.

You are eligible for a press pass if you fall under one of the following categories:

• Editorial media
YJA member
• PR personnel working for an exhibitor

Press passes along with show guides will be available for collection at the press office located in the Panorama Hall.

Please bring photo id, a press card or a business card that clearly states you qualify for accreditation and a copy of your registration confirmation email to allow you access to the show.

If you need any further information then please do not hesitate to contact me or visit the dinghy show website – www.dinghyshow.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you there.