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Various Classes – Charleston Race Week 2021 – Day one – Off to Rousing Start with Multiple Races Completed

178 boats split into 14 classes completed three or four races each on five different racing circles at Charleston Race Week 2021 in moderate to medium 8 to 15kn conditions. Leading in the largest fleets are: ----- Melges 24 (35 boats) Travis Weisleder, Richmond, VA, USA, and his team 2 points ahead of Harry Melges IV, Fontana, WI. Another point behind follows Brian Porter, Fontana, WI. ----- J/70 (29 boats) Bruno Pasquinelli, Dallas, TX, and his team, clearly leading 8 points in front of Brian Keane, Weston, MA, USA, followed 4 points back by David Jannetti, Miami Beach, FL, in 3rd, tied with Joel Ronning, Excelsior, MN, in 4t. ----- VX One (26 boats) Michelle/Austin/Reed, Boulder, CO, USA, also 8 points ahead of Jack Jorgensen, Manhattan Beach, CA, and Doug Clark, Mystic, CT, 9 points behind. The results, the Day 1 report, and the event website....

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Olympic Classes – Olympic Qualifier Asia & Africa – Muscat OMN – Final results

The Qualifications for the last Asian and African Tokyo Olympic Nations berths were concluded yesterday with the Medal Races. ----- The 4th place of Ganapathy Kelapanda Chengappa/Varun Ashok Thakkar IND was good enough to qualify for the Games in the 49ers. Benjamin Talbot Daniel/Alex Burger RSA secured the African ticket with 6th place overall. ----- In the 49ersFX, China (Chen Shasha/Ye Jin) and Tunisia earned the slots for Asia and Africa. ----- Details in the 49er-classes-report. ----- India qualified also in the Lasers Radial, although Nethra Kumanan IND dropped to 2nd after the Medal Race, as the winner Emma Savelon NED sailed as the only European out of competition. The second nation berth at stake for Asia went to Hongkong (Stephanie Norton) finishing 3rd. ----- In the Lasers Standard, Ryan Lo Jun Han HKG was the premature winner before the Medal Race, with Vishnu Saravanan IND taking the second Asian Olympic starting slot. ----- Details in the Laser class report. ----- Also clearly ahead was Natthapong Phonoppharat THA in the RS:X windsurfers. ----- Amanda Ng Ling Kai SGP finished on top of the RS:X women windsurfers. ----- The RS:X Rankings and the Report....

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Olympic Classes – Olympic Qualifier Asia & Africa – Muscat OMN – Day 5

The Qualifying Series for Fridays Medal Races in Oman were concluded yesterday with two races. ----- In the 49ers, Ganapathy Kelapanda Chengappa/Varun Ashok Thakkar IND will most probably clinch the Asian Olympic berth, leading Akira Sakai/Russell Williams Aylsworth HKG by 17 points. In 4th place, Benjamin Talbot Daniel/Alex Burger RSA have already secured the African Olympic starting slot. ----- The decision in the 49ersFX will be made between Chen Shasha/Ye Jin CHN and Molly Highfield/Sandy Wing Chi Choi HKG, 3 points behind. ----- In the Lasers Radial, Nethra Kumanan IND goes into the Medal Race 3 points ahead of Emma Savelon NED. ----- In the Lasers Standard, Ryan Lo Jun Han SGP won both races again yesterday and is the premature winner with a 34-point lead. ----- With a 17-point lead, Natthapong Phonoppharat THA should be able to take the victory in the RS:X windsurfers. ----- Amanda Ng Ling Kai HKG is 3 points ahead, good enough to win the womens windsurfing category, as there are only 2 competitors left in the race. ----- All rankings. The report of the day has not yet been published on the event website....

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Figaro 3 – Sardinha-Cup – St.Gilles Croix-de-Vie FRA – Leg 1 – Day 1

Yesterday afternoon, the start to the first leg of the Sardinha Cup was given in St.Gilles (north of Les Sables dOlonne) in light winds. ----- This morning UTC, the two-person teams had covered about half of the distance, with 160 miles to go to the finish. The gaps are very small, as always with the Figaros. Xavier Macaire/Morgan Lagravière FRA are leading with one mile ahead of Elodie Bonfous/Corentin Horeau FRA. Alexis Loison/Guillaume Pirouelle FRA are in third place 1.1 miles behind. ----- The race-tracker is unfortunately not (yet) working, but it offers at least an up-to-date intermediate classification. The report and the video of the start....

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Olympic Classes – Olympic Qualifier Asia & Africa – Muscat OMN – Day 4

Light, inconsistent winds made for challenging racing in Oman yesterday. ----- The 49ers sailed again 3 races, with Ganapathy Kelapanda Chengappa/Varun Ashok Thakkar IND extending their lead to 9 points. Hong Wei/Chao Xiang CHN moved up to second place as best of the day. ----- In the 49ersFX, Chen Shasha/Ye Jin CHN reclaimed the top place ahead of Molly Highfield/Sandy Wing Chi Choi HKG 5 points behind in second. ----- In the Lasers Radial, Nethra Kumanan IND held on to the top spot, with Emma Savalon NED only 2 points back. ----- In Lasers Standard, Ryan Lo Jun Han SGP extended his lead over Vishnu Saravanan IND to 14 points. ----- In the RS:X Windsurfers, Natthapong Phonoppharat THA continues to pull away at the top in front of Yancy Kaibigan PHI now 15 points behind in 2nd. ----- In the female Windsurfers, Amanda Ng Ling Kai SGP moved into the lead for the first time, but Charizanne Napa PHI is only one point behind. ----- The final qualifying races are scheduled for today, followed by the Medal Races tomorrow. ----- All rankings and the daily report....

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Figaro 3 – Sardinha-Cup – St.Gilles Croix-de-Vie FRA – Leg 1 – Today start at 15h UTC without US team

The first of two legs of the Sardinha Cup starts this afternoon in St.Gilles-Croix-de-Vie. 21 two-person teams, including 6 women, are taking part. After a sporty start with around 20kn, the winds will decrease tomorrow to varying shifty conditions. ----- The 300-mile leg can be followed via race-tracker. ----- The video of the day and the official preview. ----- After having joined the Figaro Series lately in the Solo Maitre Coq Regatta, the USA State Street Mixed Marathon Sailing Team, Jesse Fielding and Francesca Clapcich will not participate in this event of the annual series this time....

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Olympic Classes – World Ranking Lists – March 2021 – Charlie Buckingham 2nd Laser and Tom Ramshaw CAN 5th Finn top NorAms

After a one-year Corona break without any major series, World Rankings have been published again in March for the first time since long, but with the different travel and domestic restrictions in force around the world, the significance is relative. Please find hereafter a summary on the best North American ranks: ----- Lasers: Charlie Buckingham, Newport Beach, CA, 2nd Standard; Sarah Douglas, CAN, 21st Radial; Paige Railey, St. Petersburg, FL, 28th Radial; ----- Finn: Tom Ramshaw, CAN, 5th; Luke Muller, Ft. Pierce, FL, 34th; ----- 470: Stuart McNay, Providence, RI and David Hughes, Ithaca, NY, 22nd men; Nikki Barnes, St. Thomas, USVI and Lara Dallman-Weiss, Shoreview, MI, 26th women; ----- 49ers: Andrew Mollerus, Ithaca, NY and Ian MacDiarmid, Delray Beach, FL, 20th; Stephanie Roble, East Troy, WI and Maggie Shea, Wilmette, IL, 9th FX; ----- Nacra 17: Riley Gibbs, Long Beach, CA and Anna Weis, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 17th; ----- RS:X: Pedro Pascual, Miami, FL, 39th men; Farrah Hall, Annapolis, MD, 50th women. ----- All ranking lists....

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Olympic Classes – Olympic Qualifier Asia & Africa – Muscat OMN – Day 3

In moderate conditions around 12kn, the qualifiers for the last Olympic slots continued yesterday in Oman. ----- With the days ranks 1/3/2, Ganapathy Kelapanda Chengappa/Varun Ashok Thakkar IND took the lead in the 49ers. Benjamin Talbot Daniel/Alex Burger RSA follow 9 points behind in second, with Hong Wei/Chao Xiang CHN just one point behind in third. ----- In the 49ersFX, Molly Highfield/Sandy Wing Chi Choi HKG moved to the top thanks to 2 race wins. ----- In the Lasers Radial, Nethra Kumanan IND won both races of the day to extend her lead over Emma Savelon NED to 5 points. ----- In Lasers Standard, Ryan Lo Jun Han SGP was again on top with the day ranks 1 and 2, leading now 7 points over Keerati Bualong THA. ----- Natthapong Phonoppharat THA has won 6 of the 8 races so far in the RS:X windsurfers. ----- In the RS:X women, the leader Charizanne Napa PHI had to let her only rival Amanda Ng Ling Kai SGP close up to 2 points yesterday. ----- All rankings and the daily report....

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Olympic Classes – Olympic Qualifiers Asia & Africa – Muscat OMN – Day 2

With somewhat fresher winds around 12kn, the skiffs were able to sail 3 races yesterday, the other classes 2 races each. In the 49ers, an exciting battle is developing for the Asian Olympic berth: Musab Al Hadi/Waleed Issa AlKindi OMN took the lead with the day ranks 1/2/1. Only 2 points behind, Hong Wei/Chao Xiang CHN and Ganapathy Kelapanda Chengappa/Varun Ashok Thakkar IND share 2nd place. Benjamin Talbot Daniel/Alex Burger RSA in 4th are on their way to secure the African Olympic starting place. ----- In the 49ersFX, Chen Shasha/Ye Jin CHN held on to the top spot, but as best of the day (1/1/2), Molly Highfield/Sandy Wing Chi Choi HKG moved to 2nd within 3 points. ----- In Lasers Radial, Nethra Kumaran IND has taken the lead, with Eva Savalon NED following 3 points behind in second. ----- In Lasers Standard, Ryan Lo Jun Han SGP, Keerati Bualong THA and Vishnu Saravanan IND are tied at the top. ----- In the RS:X windsurfers, Natthapong Phonoppharat THA extended his lead, and in the female windsurfer, Charizanne Napa PHI has won 4 of the 5 races so far. ----- All rankings and the event website (without daily report yet)....

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