Aussies And Austrians Strike 470 Gold In Santander

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Saturday 20 September 2014
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Austria's Lara Vadlau and Jolanta Ogar and Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan stormed to gold in the Men's and Women's 470 as a capacity crowd watched the action unfold at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

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The spectator Dune was packed with 2,500 to 3,000 sailing fans who watched Vadlau and Ogar claim their first world title and Belcher and Ryan claim their second together. The victory was special for Belcher as he made it five 470 world titles in a row.

After a slight delay to proceedings the Women's 470 got off in 8 knots of breeze at 14:50 local time and were followed by the Men's 470 at 15:50.

Women's 470

Going into the Medal Race, Championship leaders Lara Vadlau and Jola Ogar (AUT) had to finish ahead of the London 2012 Olympic gold medallists Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) to secure the gold medal.

With a textbook perfect start, the Austrians claimed a clear lane, to put the lead in their hands and just over eighteen minutes later they crossed the finish line to become 2014 470 Women World Champions.

At the first upwind mark, it was Japan's Ai Kondo Yoshida and Miho Yoshioka who were closest behind, rounding with just a four second gap to the Austrians, but Vadlau and Ogar's eyes were only on the Kiwis.

Downwind, the Austrians continued to extend their lead over the fleet, with only the British pair of Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark punching through the pack to move up to second place and put in a challenge. Despite pushing hard, there was no change in positions and the two teams crossed the finish line with just five seconds between them, and holding almost a minute margin over the next team, Slovenia's Tina Mrak and Veronika Macarol.

So World Championship gold in the bag, to add to the 470 European title they won in July this year. Just two years ago at the 2012 Olympics, Vadlau finished in last place, with Aleh and Powrie winning Olympic gold. Since, the Vadlau and Ogar partnership has delivered a meteoric climb upwards and today proved once again they have the courage, passion and a burning desire to be the best they can be.

"In the first upwind when we were close to the right layline and we saw this huge gust on the right side and I saw the Kiwis were left side and I said to Lara this is good because we have wind and they don't,” said Ogar as she relived the race. "But we didn't get too excited and only when we rounded the downwind mark did we realise we could have it. But we still stayed focused and remembered the times when we have been leading a race and then lost first place because we were too relaxed,”

"We never win medal races,” laughed Ogar. "Yes we won in Miami, but it was not such a strong fleet.”

"For this medal race I told Jola I will sail the wind and check the wind and you will keep your eyes on all the other boats,” said Vadlau. "Yes, this is always our plan,” added Ogar. "It works and if something is working, you shouldn't change it!”

"It is amazing, we are World Champions,” grinned Vadlau. "You know I told Jola before the race that we must win it because I want to have a gold 470 on my mainsail,” she added referring to the right they have now earned themselves as World Champions.

For Aleh and Powrie it was effectively game over for gold within the first six minutes of the race, as they rounded the first mark in seventh and knew there was no hope of catching the Austrians. The 2013 World Champions' race was now all about ensuring they didn't let any more boats get between them and the British, to ensure they could keep hold of silver.

"From there, winning was out of the question. We just had to make sure we were close enough to the prints to make sure they couldn't get us,” commented Aleh. "We just had to keep our composure on the next beat and take a few boats which we did, so that was some consolation.”

"It was a pretty tough race and the Austrians just did it really well. Good on them as they sailed a really good Worlds.

"We are getting there, but there is a lot to work on. I guess that's what good about these regattas, when it doesn't all go well we find more things to fix for next time. The Austrians are getting better and we all need to keep going. There is a lot we can do better,” Aleh concluded. A couple of weeks break at home, and Team Jolly will then be back in Rio in December 2014 for training.

The 2012 Olympic Silver medallist Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark sailed a perfect race, but were always too far behind on points to have a real shout at silver or gold. For them, securing the bronze medal was a pleasant surprise, as the pair still don't feel in prime performance mode, after both having injury set-backs earlier in the year.

"This is the ISAF Worlds, it is only once every 4 years, so it is a big deal and to come here and perform we are really happy,” said Mills. "We put up a good fight all the way to the end with the Austrians, to try and clinch silver, but we just couldn't quite get passed them. But as it turned out, it didn't make a difference, because the Kiwi girls had managed to pull up enough to hold onto their silver. It was an exciting race all the way to the end.”

Men's 470

The gold medal was effectively a done deal going into the Medal Race for defending World Champions Mat Belcher and Will Ryan from Australia. In theory Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic could get their hands on claim gold, but in practice the chances of that happening were remote as the Croatians would need to win the Medal Race and the Aussies finish last.

In front of a home team, the reigning 470 Junior World Champions Jordi Xammar and Joan Herp led to the first windward mark, and controlled the race from start to finish. Whilst the Spaniards had no chance of a podium spot, they knew a win would put them up the leaderboard, but even more special was to win a Medal Race in front of a home crowd, including the eyes of the Spanish President.

Onto the second upwind leg and the Spanish and Australians split, each choosing a separate side of the gate. Advantage to the Spanish, but not such a good choice for the Australians who dropped back to fifth overall, but this was no worry for the Australians. Belcher and Ryan clawed one boat back to finish the medal race in fourth place and successfully secure their second World Championship title together, but Belcher's fifth successive World Championship title.

Celebrating his 32nd Birthday today, Belcher gave himself one of his most memorable presents by becoming the only sailor in 470 history to win five successive World Championship titles.

"It is really cool. Amazing. Now I can really celebrate. It is a shame my wife and son can't be here, but I will see them tomorrow. It is so cool and I didn't think we would be in this position. It says a bit about our personality too, that we went through that winning streak of two years and to keep focused on what we are doing. It doesn't really bother us or distract us. We are really just enjoying what we are doing and racing our competitors and having fun and that is the main thing to keep winning and keep performing.

"It has been so up and down here. We are really happy with how we have performed and it is nice to come away on top,” said Belcher.

Croatia's Fantela and Marenic went into the Medal Race in silver medal position, but as they found themselves back in eighth place at the windward mark things were not looking so good and they had lost the silver medal to the Greek team of Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis who were in fifth. The Croatians resolutely fought back, chipping their way up through the fleet to finish in sixth place, with the Greeks in fifth, and seal silver by a three point margin, with bronze to Greece.

The silver medal was the one colour missing from Fantela and Marenic's haul of medals, so now they count, one 470 World Championship gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

"It was very close, but it ended up very well for us with our fifth medal in a row and the only medal that we missed in our collection. Gold, three bronzes and finally one silver. We are very happy,” said Fantela. "Today's medal race was quite tough as Mat and Will were keeping an eye on us more than expected, because there was theoretically an opportunity that we might beat them. During the race he tacked on us more than a few times. This was hard for us as we had to control the Greeks, so it was very tough until the finish."

Mantis and Kagialis also sailed an incredibly strong series with all top-10 finishes apart from one 15th place in race 6.

"Our plan was to stay close to the British to ensure we could secure the bronze medal,” said Mantis. "We had the option to get silver, we were close but I think everyone got what they deserved and we are all happy.”

Heading towards the finish, at the front of the pack the Spanish had to stay calm with the British and Americans hunting. But their lead was more than enough to win the race, with Luke Patience and Elliot Wilis (GBR) finishing in second place and Stuart Mcnay and David Hughes (USA) in third. As the Spanish crossed the finish, the crowd on the Duna simply went wild, and Jordi held his head in disbelief at their achievement. Xammar and Herp couldn't quite take in the applause as they sailed in front of the Duna grandstand, before coming ashore by rib and in true superstar style worked their way through the spectators to massive applause.

Schedule of Racing:

15-21 September, 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17

Live Blog – A live blog will follow the ISAF Worlds from Thursday 11 September through to Sunday 21 September. The live blog is available here http://www.sailing.org/events/isafworlds/live-blog.php

Results are available here.

Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds Event Website
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2014 470 MEN AND WOMEN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – MEDAL RACE DAY REPORT

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470 Women World Championship Podium Finishers

Mat Belcher/Will Ryan and Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar Secure 2014 470 World Championship Gold Medals
The air was thick with expectation as the 470 Men and Women teams prepared in the boat park under the eyes of hordes of spectators gathered and watching from the elevated Duna grandstand. A unique sight to witness as the 470 Medal Races took prime time today here in Santander as they got underway in a light 7-8 knot breeze.

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470 WOMEN
Going into the double-points medal race, Championship leaders Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT) had to finish ahead of the 2012 Olympic gold medallists Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL) to secure the gold medal.With a text book perfect start, the Austrians claimed a clear lane, to put the lead in their hands and just over eighteen minutes later they crossed the finish line to become 2014 470 Women World Champions.

At the first upwind mark, it was Japan’s Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka who were closest behind, rounding with just 4 seconds gap to the Austrians, but Vadlau/Ogar’s eyes were only on the Kiwis.

Downwind, the Austrians continued to extend their lead over the fleet, with only the British pair of Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark punching through the pack to move up to second place and put in a challenge. Despite pushing hard, there was no change in positions and the two teams crossed the finish line with just 5 seconds between them, and holding almost a minute margin over the next team, Slovenia’s Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol.

So World Championship gold in the bag, to add to the 470 European title they won in July this year. Just two years ago at the 2012 Olympics, Vadlau finished in last place, with Aleh/Powrie winning Olympic gold and Mills/Clark sealing silver. Since, the Vadlau/Ogar partnership has delivered a meteoric climb upwards and today proved once again they have the courage, passion and a burning desire to be the best they can be.

“In the first upwind when we were close to the right layline and we saw this huge gust on the right side and I saw the Kiwis were left side and I said to Lara this is good because we have wind and they don’t,” said Ogar as she relived the race. “But we didn’t get too excited and only when we rounded the downwind mark did we realise we could have it. But we still stayed focused and remembered the times when we have been leading a race and then lost first place because we were too relaxed,”

“We never win medal races,” laughed Ogar. “Yes we won in Miami, but it was not such a strong fleet.”

“For this medal race I told Jola I will sail the wind and check the wind and you will keep your eyes on all the other boats,” said Vadlau. “Yes, this is always our plan,” added Ogar. “It works and if something is working, you shouldn’t change it!”

“It is amazing, we are World Champions,” grinned Vadlau. “You know I told Jola before the race that we must win it because I want to have a gold 470 on my mainsail,” she added referring to the right they have now earned themselves as World Champions.

"It is unbelievable. You know we had a training session together two years ago in Palma, and I knew from that moment on that Jola had to be in my boat," said Vadlau. Celebrations may be put on hold as they will be driving back to Austria early tomorrow morning.

"I want to rest when we get back," said Ogar as there has been so much pressure on us. "We will only have about a week at home, and then we go to Rio for all of October." The pair will then head to the ISAF Sailing World Cup Grand final in Abu Dhabi, before returning to Rio.

For Aleh/Powrie it was effectively game over for gold within the first six minutes of the race, as they rounded the first mark in 7th and knew there was no hope of catching the Austrians. The 2013 World Champions’ race was now all about ensuring they didn’t let any more boats get between them and the British, to ensure they could keep hold of silver.

“From there, winning was out of the question. We just had to make sure we were close enough to the prints to make sure they couldn’t get us,” commented Aleh. “We just had to keep our composure on the next beat and take a few boats which we did, so that was some consolation.”

“It was a pretty tough race and the Austrians just did it really well. Good on them as they sailed a really good Worlds.

“We are getting there, but there is a lot to work on. I guess that’s what good about these regattas, when it doesn’t all go well we find more things to fix for next time. The Austrians are getting better and we all need to keep going. There is a lot we can do better,” Aleh concluded. A couple of weeks break at home, and Team Jolly will then be back in Rio in December 2014 for training.

The 2012 Olympic Silver medallist Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark sailed a perfect race, but were always too far behind on points to have a real shout at silver or gold. For them, securing the bronze medal was a pleasant surprise, as the pair still don’t feel in prime performance mode, after both having injury set-backs earlier in the year.

“This is the ISAF Worlds, it is only once every 4 years, so it is a big deal and to come here and perform we are really happy,” said Mills. “We put up a good fight all the way to the end with the Austrians, to try and clinch silver, but we just couldn’t quite get passed them. But as it turned out, it didn’t make a difference, because the Kiwi girls had managed to pull up enough to hold onto their silver. It was an exciting race all the way to the end.”

470 Women - Top 10 Final Overall Results
1. Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT 431) - 34 pts
2. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL 75) - 45 pts
3. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR 118) - 50 pts
4. Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance (FRA 9) - 64 pts
5. Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol (SLO 64) - 71 pts
6. Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens (NED 6) - 72 pts
7. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha (USA 1712) - 75 pts
8. Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka (JPN 1) - 88 pts
9. Christina Bassadone/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR 321) - 90 pts
10. Afrodite Kyranakou/Anneloes van Veen (NED 216) - 94 pts

470 MEN
The gold medal was effectively a done deal going into today double-points medal race for defending World Champions Mat Belcher/Will Ryan from Australia. In theory Croatia’s Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic could get their hands on claim gold, but in practice the chances of that happening were remote as the Croatians would need to win the medal race and the Aussies finish last.

In front of a home team, the reigning 470 Junior World Champions Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp led to the first windward mark, and controlled the race from start to finish. Whilst the Spaniards had no chance of a podium spot, they knew a win would put them up the leaderboard, but even more special was to win a medal race in front of a home crowd, including the eyes of the Spanish President.

Onto the second upwind leg and the Spanish and Australians split, each choosing a separate side of the gate. Advantage to the Spanish, but not such a good choice for the Australians who dropped back to fifth overall, but this was no worry for the Australians. Belcher/Ryan clawed one boat back to finish the medal race in 4th place and successfully secure their second World Championship title together, but Mat’s fifth successive World Championship title.

Celebrating his 32nd Birthday today, Belcher gave himself one of his most memorable presents by becoming the only sailor in 470 history to win five successive World Championship titles.

“It is really cool. Amazing. Now I can really celebrate. It is a shame my wife and son can’t be here, but I will see them tomorrow. It is so cool and I didn’t think we would be in this position. It says a bit about our personality too, that we went through that winning streak of two years and to keep focused on what we are doing. It doesn’t really bother us or distract us. We are really just enjoying what we are doing and racing our competitors and having fun and that is the main thing to keep winning and keep performing,” said Belcher.

“It has been so up and down here. We are really happy with how we have performed and it is nice to come away on top."

Marking where this win sits on their road to Rio, Mat continued, “It is important in the sense that for us and our partnership to know that in a pressured situation that we can perform when we need to. We are just really happy on ourselves and how we have performed and that is really the only thing that you can control. So I guess coming into Rio we are ticking all the right boxes and we are happy with how we are developing. I guess what I am really proud about is that this week as a team we really stepped up a level. I am looking forward to having a break and then getting back in the boat and keep working on ourselves and trying to get as good as we can.”

“It is two years since we teamed up and to now focus on one goal is what Victor [coach] wants, and it is what I want so we are working really hard to make that a reality,” said Belcher referring to no longer being involved in an America’s Cup campaign.

Responding to what his celebratory plans would include, Belcher said, “What we will do is have a few drinks tonight with our teammates. We have a great team in the Australian Sailing team led by Peter Conde and we will celebrate with them.”

Croatia’s Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic went into the medal race in silver medal position, but as they found themselves back in 8th place at the windward mark things were not looking so good and they had lost the silver medal to the Greek team of Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis who were in 5th. The Croatians resolutely fought back, chipping their way up through the fleet to finish in 6th place, with the Greeks in 5th, and seal silver by a 3 point margin, with bronze to Greece. The silver medal was the one colour missing from Fantela/Marenic’s haul of medals, so now they count, one 470 World Championship gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

“It was very close, but it ended up very well for us with our fifth medal in a row and the only medal that we missed in our collection. Gold, three bronzes and finally one silver. We are very happy,” said Fantela. “Today’s medal race was quite tough as Mat and Will were keeping an eye on us more than expected, because there was theoretically an opportunity that we might beat them. During the race he tacked on us more than a few times. This was hard for us as we had to control the Greeks, so it was very tough until the finish.

“Mat managed to do it well. I saw during the race he gave us some space as he saw that we could not win the race and he would not be last and we thank them for that,” concluded Fantela referring to the strategy Belcher/Ryan had no take in order to keep an eye on the Croatians to ensure gold, but also mindful not to impact the leaderboard behind.

Mantis/Kagialis also sailed an incredibly strong series with all top-10 finishes apart from one 15th place in race 6.

“Our plan was to stay close to the British to ensure we could secure the bronze medal,” said Mantis. “We had the option to get silver, we were close but I think everyone got what they deserved and we are all happy.”

Continued Kagialis, “Our first goal here was to get Greece’s qualification for the Olympics. Our second goal was to get a medal, so we are very happy and very proud about this. It is the second time to get a bronze medal, it is good for us. It was amazing to have so many people watching the sailing.”

Heading towards the finish, at the front of the pack the Spanish had to stay calm with the British and Americans hunting. But their lead was more than enough to win the race, with Luke Patience/Elliot Wilis (GBR) finishing in 2nd place and Stuart Mcnay/David Hughes (USA) in third. As this year's 470 Junior World and Junior European Champions crossed the finish, the crowd on the Duna simply went wild, and Jordi held his head in disbelief at their achievement. Xammar/Herp couldn’t quite take in the applause as they sailed in front of the Duna grandstand, before coming ashore by rib and in true superstar style worked their way through the spectators to massive applause.

470 Men - Top 10 Final Overall Results
1. Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS 11) - 25.30 pts
2. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO 83) - 44 pts
3. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis (GRE 1) - 47 pts
4. Luke Patience/Elliot Willis (GBR 863) - 51 pts
5. Stuart Mcnay/David Hughes (USA 1713) - 74 pts
6. Tetsuya Matsunaga/Yugo Yoshida (JPN 12) - 74 pts
7. Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp (ESP 44) - 96 pts
8. Guillaume Pirouelle/Sipan Valentin (FRA 76) - 101 pts
9. Kazuto Doi/Kimihiki Imamura (JPN 11) - 101 pts
10. Pavel Sozykin/Denis Gribanov (RUS 5) - 104 pts

Watch Online
Wathc the 470 Men and 470 Women Medal races at - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3GXaGWyqPc

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Gomes Neto Takes Charge At 2014 Audi Melges 20 Canadian Nationals

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Three races, three different winners prove Canada's first Audi Melges 20 Nationals very much anyone's championship

Toronto, Canada - With a very civilized starting time of 12 noon, the compact Audi Melges 20 fleet competing at the 2014 Canadians made way to the starting line with breeze in the 12-15 range and a lumpy sea state. While the breeze looked solid, the fleet very quickly discovered the race course was filled with big changes in velocity and direction with a high priority on staying in the pressure.

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The Port Credit RC team had a square, 1.2 nm racecourse set on time to allow for a solid start to the day. Race 1 husband/wife team of Brian and Melissa Hill on Atlas had home field advantage sneaking around Cesar Gomes Neto's Portobello on the second upwind beat to nab the win by a fair margin. The veteran team on John Messenger's Black Sheep followed in third.

After giving up the lead in Race 1, Gomes recovered after an average start in Race 2 to find a nice lane on the middle, left side of the course and nailed a few tricky shifts at the top resulting in a sizable lead and never looking back. John Taylor on Ninkasi began to find his groove and passed boats throughout the race to grab a second, followed by a steadily fast Justin Quigg and his Character 2.0 team.

Without delay the third and final race of the day began and just as in previous races, the fleet split left and right trying to sniff out the advantage on the first beat. While it looked even halfway up the beat, Taylor and Gomes legged it out to the right side and despite strong angles from the left at times, it was Taylor leading at the top mark, extended on the downwind to grab the win, with Gomes and Messenger in tow.

Post racing the hosts rolled out some beverages and tunes to allow for a post race debrief on the dock amongst the fleet. Day 2 is forecast for a big southerly breeze with some welcome warmer temps.

MEDIA AND RACING COVERAGE
As with other Audi Melges 20 events around the world, racing updates as they are available will be posted online at the Official Audi Melges 20 Facebook Page. Be sure to also follow the fleet on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Tune in for the latest racing information, results, video interviews, and photos. Race reports, press releases and photos will also be available online each day post racing at melges20.com.

Be sure to also follow the very active Canadian Audi Melges 20 Fleet on Facebook.

TOP FIVE RESULTS (After Three Races)

1.) Cesar Gomes Neto, Portobello; 2-1-2 = 5

2.) John Taylor, Ninkasi; 6-2-1 = 9

3.) Jon Messenger, Black Sheep; 3-5-3 = 11

4.) Brian & Melissa Hill, Atlas; 1-4-7 = 12

5.) Justin Quigg, Character 2.0; 4-3-5 = 12

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Royal Canadian Navy Begins Transition to the Future Fleet

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ESQUIMALT — As the Royal Canadian Navy undergoes its most extensive peacetime modernization in history, Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), today announced the upcoming retirement of four ships that have reached the end of their operational lives.

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The ships are Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Protecteur and Preserver; two Protecteur-class auxiliary oil replenishment (AOR) ships, and HMCS Iroquois and Algonquin, two Iroquois-class guided missile destroyers (DDG). The retirement of these vessels has been anticipated for some time, and is a step towards the introduction of new ships and capabilities set to be delivered through the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS), as well as recognition of the RCN’s commitment to the responsible use of public funds while maintaining Canada’s naval readiness.

Quick Facts

Preparing for the future fleet

· The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is in the midst of the most intensive and comprehensive period of fleet modernization and renewal in its peacetime history. It does so while also maintaining its readiness.

· This period of transition includes the modernization of its 12 Halifax-class frigates and the procurement of three new classes of ships, including the Joint Support Ships (JSS), the Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) and the Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC), as well as the integration of new maritime aircraft into fleet service.

· During this period of transition, the RCN will be able to count on its modernized Halifax-class frigates delivered by the Government of Canada, Victoria-class submarines and Kingston-class vessels to carry out the tasks and missions set by the Government of Canada.

· The Government of Canada is delivering equipment to the Navy by investing $4 billion to modernize the Halifax-class frigates, and $36.6 billion on the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) for the recapitalization of the federal surface fleet during the coming decades.

· The RCN has a plan in place to address the many challenges of transition, including the need to maintain excellence in operations, to deliver the future fleet and to prepare the RCN for the new capabilities and technologies that will be delivered through the NSPS over the next decade and beyond.

HMCS Iroquois

· HMCS Iroquois is a guided missile destroyer (DDG) and the lead ship of the Iroquois Class, which comprises HMCS Athabaskan on the East Coast, and HMCS Algonquin on the West Coast.

· HMCS Iroquois has been scheduled for divestment since November 2011.

· HMCS Iroquois will prepare for its official paying off ceremony in January 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

HMCS Algonquin

· HMCS Algonquin is a guided missile destroyer (DDG), the fourth ship of the Iroquois Class.

· On August 30, 2013, HMCS Algonquin was involved in a collision at sea with HMCS Protecteur while conducting exercise manoeuvres en route to Hawaii. There were no injuries. The ship was able to return to its home port of Esquimalt, BC, to undergo a full damage assessment.

· It was assessed that HMCS Algonquin suffered extensive damage to its port side hangar and remained alongside in Esquimalt.

· Considering the relatively short service life remaining for HMCS Algonquin, which was scheduled to be retired in early 2019, and its current state of repair, the cost to re-instate this ship to full operational capability no longer represents a responsible use of public funds. As a result, HMCS Algonquin will begin preparations for pay off in the near future.

· A Board of Inquiry was convened to further investigate the incident and circumstances surrounding it, and will make recommendations as to how to prevent a similar event from occurring in the future.

HMCS Protecteur

· HMCS Protecteur is an Auxiliary Oil Replenishment (AOR) ship based in Esquimalt, BC, and the lead ship of the Protecteur Class. Its sister ship, HMCS Preserver, is based in Halifax, NS.

· HMCS Protecteur was designed to carry a large amount of supplies, including fuel, dry cargo and ammunition, which could be transferred to other ships through hook-up lines and re-fuelling hoses in a manoeuvre known as a Replenishment at Sea.

· HMCS Protecteur will be officially retired after sustaining serious damage in a fire in February 2014. An extensive assessment of HMCS Protecteur has concluded that the ship was damaged beyond economical repair.

· Considering the relatively short service life remaining for HMCS Protecteur, which was scheduled to be retired in 2017, and its current state of repair, the cost to re-instate the ship to full operational capability would not represent a responsible use of public funds. As a result, the ship will remain alongside and be prepared for disposal as early as is practically feasible.

· A Board of Inquiry (BOI) has been convened to investigate the cause of the fire on board HMCS Protecteur and the circumstances surrounding it. The BOI, which is still ongoing, will make recommendations as to how to prevent a similar event from occurring in the future, and its results will be made public when available.

HMCS Preserver

· HMCS Preserver is rapidly approaching the end of its operational life, which was planned for 2016.

· Engineering surveys conducted in recent months identified levels of corrosion in HMCS Preserver that have degraded the structural integrity of the ship below acceptable limits, specifically in the vicinity of the port side boiler room.

· As a result of its current material state, and considering the relatively short service life remaining for HMCS Preserver, the cost to reinstate this ship to full operational capability does not represent a responsible use of public funds. HMCS Preserver will therefore cease its operational life, remain alongside and prepare for pay off in the near future.

 

Related Products

Halifax-class Modernization (HCM) / Frigate Life Extension (FELEX) Backgrounder: http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/news/article.page?doc=halifax-class-modernization-hcm-frigate-life-extension-felex/hkm9beb0

National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) Year Two Backgrounder: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/app-acq/sam-mps/ddi-bkgr-10-eng.html

 

Associated Links

For broadcast quality b-roll and imagery of the Halifax-class Modernization (HCM) / Frigate Life Extension (FELEX) project and b-roll of the removing of old equipment, dry dock phase, insertion of new equipment, and post-refit, please visit the following link: https://vimeo.com/105987906.

Vice Admiral Mark Norman, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Biography: http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/about/leadership-commander.page

For more information on the history of HMCS Iroquois, Algonquin, Protecteur, and Preserver, please visit the following links:

HMCS Iroquois: http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/fleet-units/iroquois-history.page

HMCS Algonquin: http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/fleet-units/algonquin-history.page

HMCS Protecteur: http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/fleet-units/protecteur-history.page

HMCS Preserver: http://www.navy-marine.forces.gc.ca/en/fleet-units/preserver-history.page

Minister Nicholson and the Royal Canadian Air Force to mark 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain

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September 19, 2014

OTTAWA — The Honourable Rob Nicholson, PC, QC, MP for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence, and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) invite the public to mark the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on Sunday, September 21, 2014. The national ceremony will be held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, from 10:15 a.m. to noon. It will honour Canadians who fought with members of British and allied air forces at a critical moment in world history. Second World War veterans will parade alongside currently serving RCAF personnel and air cadets. Ceremonies will also be held at RCAF locations across the country.

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Weather permitting; the event will feature a fly-past of vintage and current RCAF aircraft. The Central Band of the Canadian Forces, Royal Canadian Air Force (Ottawa) Pipes and Drums will also perform.

Quick Facts

· From July to October 1940, pilots, aircrew and ground crew from great Britain and allied countries fought together to defend Britain against the Luftwaffe – the German air force – supported by a vital network of radar operators and observers. The stakes were high and the outcome would be decisive for both parties. Ultimately, victory was won and the course of the war changed.

· More than 400 Canadian aircrew and ground crew participated and, of the more than 100 Canadian pilots who flew with the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain, 23 lost their lives.

· Winston Churchill said of the battle, “Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few”.

Quotes

“The Battle of Britain was one of the most significant battles of the Second World War. We honour those Canadians who were part of the stand against a relentless enemy. These young Canadians joined our Air Forces to champion the same values of democracy and freedom that we cherish today. Their incredible feats should give every Canadian an enormous sense of pride.”

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, PC, QC, MP for Niagara Falls and Minister of National Defence

“Seventy-four years have passed since valiant young airmen took to the skies during the Battle of Britain to defend against Nazi aggression. Despite the passage of time, the human spirit remains the same and I am proud to see professionalism, dedication and valour continue to be exhibited everyday by members of the Canadian Armed Forces.”

Royal Galipeau, MP for Ottawa-Orléans

“Young Canadians joined the RCAF in their thousands seventy-four years ago to defend against the German threat. The aerial battle we celebrate today, better known as the Battle of Britain, was a turning point for Britain, Canada and the Royal Canadian Air Force. We remember the sacrifice and honour those who served.”

LGen Yvan Blondin, Commander of the RCAF

Additional information

If weather conditions are uncertain, updates on the location of the ceremony (indoors or outdoors at the Museum) will be available by calling 613-944-5841.

There is no charge to attend this event and free parking is available at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.

Associated Links

For more information about the Battle of Britain and the 74th commemorative ceremonies held in Ottawa and across the country, please visit www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca

2014 470 MEN AND WOMEN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – 470 CLASS RACE DAY 6 REPORT

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Russia and Netherlands secure 470 Women Olympic Qualification

Rising Stars Line Up alongside Olympians and World Champions for Medal Race
Three final series races in the 470 Men and two for the 470 Women confirmed the line-up for Saturday's double-points Medal Race and World Championship challengers, as well as 50% of the nations on the startline for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition.

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Racing took place on Murimar course close to Cabo Major in a shifty and variable 12-18 knots breeze.

470 MEN
Mat Belcher/Will Ryan made it four race wins in a row today, as they added victory in races 7 and 8, to yesterday’s wins in races 6 and 7. Great Britain’s Luke Patience/Elliott Willis sealed the race 9 win and now put themselves within reach of the bronze medal.

On the eve of his 32nd Birthday, Belcher sits on the verge of claiming his fifth successive 470 World Championship title. If he succeeds, it would mark an unprecedented achievement in the history of the 470 Class, and most likely in any Olympic Class.

“It was really shifty today and it was easy to find yourselves at the back,” explained Belcher. “It wasn’t easy to get the first shift, but we were fighting pretty hard to try and come back. There was plenty of opportunity out there, so we were able to come back really well and sail a great day.”

Commenting on the potential for another World title tomorrow, Belcher continued, “It is a pretty big deal. This year we have sailed really well and I am a firm believer that we deserve to be where we are. A lot can happen in a medal race and we have seen that before where we had an even bigger points gap, that at one stage we weren’t winning.

“Upsets happen, but we are sailing well and we are really happy with how we are communicating together and with how we are performing. We will go into tomorrow as another race and see how we go.”

The Australians go into Saturday’s double-points medal race with a 14.7 point advantage over Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic from Croatia, with Greece’s Panagotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis in third. Only the Croatians can wrestle gold from the Australians, but that would take a win for them and an improbable last place for the Australians.

The Croatians, Greeks and Great Britain’s Patience/Willis are all in the hunt for silver and bronze medals, so the stage is set for some thrilling racing on the grandstand Duna course on Saturday.

Fantela/Marenic won the 470 Worlds in 2009, before Belcher took control, and secured bronze in 2010, 2011 and 2012, dropping off the podium to finish 19th last year.

Several rising star 470 teams have forced the more experienced sailors to look over their shoulders throughout this Championship. Kazuto Doi/Kimihiki Imamura (JPN), Guillaume Pirouelle/Sipan Valentin (FRA) and the 2013/2014 470 Junior World Champions Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp (ESP) have all made it to the medal race, with the French and Spanish also earning the honour of securing their nation’s slots at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

A 10, 15, 3 scoreline pushed Doi/Imamura up into the top 10 at 7th. Twenty-two year old Doi has only spent a few months helming a 470, after the step up from the 420 Class, but no doubt has been helped by mentor Belcher, who was quick to congratulate the young Japanese sailors as they came ashore.

Similarly for Pirouelle/Sipan, who go into the medal race in 8th, it was less than two years ago in 2012 that they dominated the 420 fleet. In the same year they won the 420 Junior Europeans, and took silver at both the 420 Worlds and ISAF Youth Worlds. Today they achieved two firsts, secured France’s Olympic slot in Rio and secured their place in what will be their first ever senior fleet medal race.

“We are really happy. Before this Championship we couldn’t imagine this happening. It is really impressive,” said Pirouelle. “It was very difficult today on the water and the wind shifted a lot, so we had to stay concentrated.”

Looking ahead to the medal race, Pirouelle smiled, “Maybe we will be in a fight with Jordi to try and be the top junior team!”

Two months ago, Spain’s Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp didn’t manage to qualify to the gold fleet at the 470 European Championships. The pair did however dominate on the junior circuit, securing the 470 Junior Worlds title for the second year and following up with a win at the 470 Junior Europeans last month. Today to their amazement, they secured Spain’s Olympic qualification and their card to the Medal Race.

“This was our first World Championship in the senior fleet that we were 100% prepared for. The age of the sailors here and the level of their experience is very high and being in the top 10 is amazing. We would have been happy with a top 15 or top 20 here – but to be in the medal race is amazing,” grinned Xammar.

“For us the main goal of the season was the Junior Championships and we did that,” continued Herp. “We didn’t come here with too much pressure, and we didn’t expect we would end up qualifying our country. It is a big surprise.”

The eyes of Spanish sailing fans will be on this young pair in the 470 Men medal race tomorrow, and also amongst the supporting crowd will be the President of Spain, Mariano Rajoy Brey.

Securing your nation’s slot to the Olympics is a significant achievement, securing it at this first opportunity is even more crucial. Only 26 nations will be on the 470 Men startline in Rio, and one of those slots is awarded to the host nation. So massive relief for Yannick Brauchli/Romuald Hausser who tied up Switzerland’s place in Rio, as the last nation place of the thirteen on offer this time round.

“At the moment it is unbelievable,” said Brauchli. “We started so bad in this regatta and only just made gold fleet. To have a chance to now move forwards with Olympic qualification, I have no words for it.”

The thirteen nations securing places to Rio 2016 are (in country order): Australia, Austria, Croatia, Spain, France, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden, USA.

The warning signal for the 470 Men Medal Race is scheduled at 1515 hours. Racing will take place on Duna Course under the eyes of what will be a spectator filled stadium crowd. There will be live TV coverage and live tracking of the Medal Race via www.santander2014.com

470 Men - Provisional Results after Race 9
1. Mat Belcher/Will Ryan (AUS 11) - 17.30 pts
2. Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic (CRO 83) - 32 pts
3. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis (GRE 1) - 37 pts
4. Luke Patience/Elliot Willis (GBR 863) - 47 pts
5. Tetsuya Matsunaga/Yugo Yoshida (JPN 12) - 56 pts
6. Stuart Mcnay/David Hughes (USA 1713) - 68 pts
7. Kazuto Doi/Kimihiki Imamura (JPN 11) - 79 pts
8. Guillaume Pirouelle/Sipan Valentin (FRA 76) - 87 pts
9. Pavel Sozykin/Denis Gribanov (RUS 5) - 88 pts
10. Jordi Xammar/Joan Herp (ESP 44) - 94 pts

470 WOMEN
Saturday’s Medal Race will be a three-way battle for the 470 Women World Championship gold medal between series leaders Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT), Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL) and Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR).

Vadlau/Ogar attacked today’s two races with their usual spirit and burning desire to be in front. Sitting on a 1 point deficit behind the Kiwis going into the day, they advance to the double-points medal race with a 1 point advantage over them at the front of the leaderboard. As well as a medal, also in the bag is Austria’s ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Reverse back two years to the 2012 470 World Championships and Vadlau secured the last nation slot to the London 2012 Olympics. In Weymouth, Vadlau was the youngest helm and scored a race best result of 10th amongst the Olympic fleet. Since then, her success has been unwavering and regardless of the colour of the medal secured tomorrow, today marks a defining moment in Vadlau’s career.

“We are really happy with today,” grinned Vadlau. “It was really not such an easy wind, it was really shifty and anything could have happened. We achieved our first target for this Worlds, to get the ticket.

“It feels great, but our main target is in Rio. Everything that comes now is a nice gift. With Jola together we can achieve everything when we sail good. When we both do our jobs, this is the outcome.”

2012 Olympic Gold medallists and defending World Champions, Aleh/Powrie have also guaranteed themselves a medal, regardless of where they finish in the Medal Race.

“We were expecting it, but you can never say never. It has been a long week, with a lot of extremes, so we are happy to get that box ticked,” said Powrie referring to securing New Zealand’s Olympic qualification place to Rio 2016.

Race wins today went to Brazil’s Renata Decnop/Isabel Swan and in a surprise end to their Championship, Great Britain’s Christina Bassadone/Eilidh McIntyre. Brought in as a last minute replacement, as Mcintyre’s usual helm Sophie Weguelin was injured, 2008 Olympian Bassadone stepped in to the 470 with just four hours of training, having last competed in a 470 four years ago .

Medal Race strategies will be intricately gone through tonight. Whilst the Austrians and Kiwis are guaranteed medals, behind them it is all open. Sitting 13 points behind the Kiwis, Great Britain’s Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark go into the Medal Race in third overall, and have a shot to upgrade to gold and silver, but will also be focused on holding on to bronze. Only two teams have a chance at knocking the British off the podium, with their closest rivals being world ranked #1 pair Camille Lecointre/Helene Defrance of France who sit 10 points behind in 4th overall. An outside chance at bronze also goes to the USA’s Haegar/Provancha.

Dreams were made today for the ten nations who secured their place on the startline in the 470 Women event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition, with qualification places awarded to (in country order): Austria, China, France, Great Britain, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Slovenia, USA.

Alisa Kirilyuk/Liudmila Dmitrieva today put Russia’s 470 sailors back in the 2016 Olympics, after an absence in 2008 and 2012, finishing in 11th overall. “This is really good for Russia and our coach is really happy," said Kirilyuk. "For the last 8 years Russia didn’t have a place in the 470 Women and this is a really good start for the Olympics in Rio.”

The pair’s first major Championship was the 2001 470 Europeans, and reflecting on the ingredients which have added to today’s success, Kirilyuk said, “We are working with a new coach, and we are training much harder now to get better results.”

Kirilyuk/Dmitrieva’s nation qualification performance was matched by their team mates in the 470 men event.

Ashore after racing, China’s Shasha Chen/Haiyan Gao were unaware they had secured Olympic qualification slot ten of ten. When told, they understandably couldn’t contain their delight and leapt in the air clapping, before exclaiming, “We are just so excited!”

The warning signal for the 470 Women Medal Race is scheduled at 1415 hours on the feature Duna Course. There will be live TV coverage and live tracking of the Medal Race via www.santander2014.com

470 Women - Provisional Results after Race 10
1. Lara Vadlau/Jola Ogar (AUT 431) - 32 pts
2. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie (NZL 75) - 33 pts
3. Hannah Mills/Saskia Clark (GBR 118) - 46 pts
4. Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance (FRA 9) - 56 pts
5. Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha (USA 1712) - 59 pts
6. Michelle Broekhuizen/Marieke Jongens (NED 6) - 62 pts
7. Tina Mrak/Veronika Macarol (SLO 64) - 65 pts
8. Christina Bassadone/Eilidh McIntyre (GBR 321) - 72 pts
9. Ai Kondo Yoshida/Miho Yoshioka (JPN 1) - 74 pts
10. Afrodite Kyranakou/Anneloes van Veen (NED 216) - 74 pts

IMO panel drafts safety codes for LNG fueled ships

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IMO panel drafts safety code for LNG fueled ships

September 19, 2014—An IMO panel has drafted an International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code). The code, which would become mandatory under proposed amendments to SOLAS, sets out mandatory provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low flashpoint fuels, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG). The aim is to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment. The code addresses areas that need special consideration using a goal-based approach, with goals and functional requirements specified for each section forming the basis for the design, construction and operation of ships using this type of fuel.

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Industry News
South Korean operator orders Damen high speed ferry
To be named Sea Star 5, the 42.2 m high-speed catamaran Damen Fast Ferry 4212 will carry 449 passengers between Mookho and Ulleung-Do on the East-coast of South Korea.


Blank Rome issues advisory on sVGP
The rapidly approaching effective date (December 19, 2014) means that owners and operators of an estimated 138,000 small vessels should fill out the required permit paperwork and ensure their operations are in alignment with the sVGP, says Blank Rome.


IMO Secretary General will not seek another term
IMO Secretary General Koji Sekimizu said the decision was due to personal reasons related to the health of his wife— he told Member Governments that should his wife become unwell again in the future, it could compromise his work.


Tropical Shipping now a Saltchuk business unit
Saltchuk, a family of nationally recognized transportation and distribution companies, welcomed Tropical as its sixth business unit—other sister companies within the Saltchuk family include: TOTE, Foss, North Star Petroleum, Northern Aviation Services and Interstate Distributor.

Repechage Top Four Determined In Final Flight

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Chicago, USA (19 Sept 2014): After a lacklustre performance in Qualifying yesterday, and a terrible start to the Repechage today, Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team looked as though the Chicago Match Cup would end early for him when after three flights he had still not won a single match. He needed to win all of his remaining four matches to have a chance to go through to the Quarter Finals, and even then would be at the mercy of tie-breaks among the other seven teams to determine his fate.

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This outcome would be a blow for Hansen: as one of the senior members of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT), Hansen has done well this year, winning Match Cup Sweden in July and is only one point behind Qualifying series winner Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One who is third on the Tour leader board.

But then things started to fall into place for the Swedes, starting with a win against top-ranked US match racer Don Wilson. Then another win in Flight 5 against the ISAF #8-ranked Danish team led by Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing Team..

Suddenly the impossible became plausible, as the other teams wins and losses through Flight 5 started to bring into focus some scenarios where the Swedes could get through. In the building 8-12 knot breeze and steep 1-meter high waves on Lake Michigan, teams like Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing who had more time in the TOM 28’s were beating their opponents through shear boathandling prowess and excellent timing.

Regardless, Hansen had to keep winning and get to 4 points to have a chance. The next match in Flight 6 was going to be a hard one against Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets, as the French were already strong on four wins and were nearly certain to go through. But Hansen did it, and the final showdown lie ahead in Flight 7.

In this flight, not only did Hansen have to beat Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX, another strong team already through on five wins, but also have Wilson defeat Tom Slingsby (AUS) Team Tom Slingsby, because if Slingsby won he would go to four points as well and beat Hansen on the tie-break.

In this final flight the breeze kicked up a notch to 15 knots, with a hint of right shift, Hansen successfully controlled the right side off the start and well into the first beat, shearing off the Aussies on the long starboard tack off the start line. The hard part came on the next leg, when any boat trailing could find the right wave and surf ahead into an overlap to completely change the match.

But Hansen’s team kept their cool, survived the attacks on the run, protected the right side on the next beat, and survived the final run to cross the line ahead by several lengths.

And Wilson did his part by defeating Slingsby, the team strategist on Oracle Team USA in the last America’s Cup, by taking and winning the start and leading throughout the match to the finish.

“It feels great to get through and start with a clean slate now,” said Hansen. “It has felt like we’ve just been out of luck all week, where whatever we did was just the wrong thing. It was like that this morning too, until we made a few changes in our trim upwind, and this made a big difference. And in our match with Richard, we got a little lucky when Mathieu was down speed with us at the top mark and hit a wave that caused him to stop and drift into the mark [to get a penalty], helping us to win that match.”

When asked if he knew who would select him from the top four determined from the Qualifying Series yesterday, Hansen said he didn’t know. But he did say who Canfield, the top seed from yesterday, should pick to make the Tour leader board tighten up.

“We were talking amongst ourselves earlier and agreed Taylor should choose Ian [Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar],” said Hansen. “Taylor has raced here more than anyone and has the strongest chance to beat him.” The reason for this is that if successful, Williams would be deprived of a chance to go to the Semi-Finals and thus gaining more than the 14 points awarded a fifth place finisher for the event. With a 17-point lead over the current runner-up Richard, this would help compress the standings coming into the final run of two events in Holland and Bermuda and the season’s finale in Malaysia.

Quarter Final racing will start tomorrow at 0930 CDT as a first-to-three point series, with pairings determined in the morning before racing.

Repechage Results:

1. Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing, 6-1
2. Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets, 5-2
3. Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX, 5-2
4. Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team, 4-3
5. Tom Slingsby (AUS) Slingsby Racing Team, 3-4
6. Eric Monnin (SUI) Team Sailbox, 2-5
7. Don Wilson (USA) Chicago Match Race Center, 2-5
8. Joachim Aschenbrenner (DEN) Aschenbrenner Racing, 1-6

Quarter Finalists:

Taylor Canfield (ISV) US One
Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar
Pierre Antoine Morvan (FRA) Vannes Agglo Sailing Team
Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing
Chris Steele (NZL) 36 Below Racing
Mathieu Richard (FRA) LunaJets
Keith Swinton (AUS) Team Alpari FX
Björn Hansen (SWE) Hansen Sailing Team

Action Ramps Up At Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds

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Friday 19 September 2014
Issued on behalf of ISAF

Race action in the 470s, 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 ramped up at the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships with the end zone in sight.

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It was another day of good breeze with an average of 15 knots across the race tracks that hosted the fleets.

The Medal Race places have been decided in the Men's and Women's 470 and the 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17 leader boards have shaped up nicely heading into the penultimate day with plenty of equations still possible.

49erFX

Today was a big day out for the 49erFX fleet as it was the first day of gold fleet and there were four races conducted in high winds. The boat park was decimated by the effort, both physical and emotional, to get through such an impactful day.

One team that thrived under the challenge was Ida Nielsen and Marie Olsen (DEN) who had all top 10 finishes today. "They are sailing with a lot of confidence right now, sailing smartly and quickly, and it's working for them," said their coach, Peter Hansen. The Danes have won both European Championships held in the 49erFX and are looking to add a World Title to their trophy cabinet.

Remaining in the hunt are Brazilians Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze, who started the day with a 2, 1 before falling back to a 13 and 10. Nobody has spent more time on podiums this season than the Rio natives, but the final step to top position has mostly eluded them. If they can do well in the final race of the series tomorrow they could have a chance to claim the title in the Medal Race on Sunday.

What is guaranteed at this stage is that there will be a new world Champion in 2014. 2013 Champions Alex Maloney have had an up and down regatta and sit just outside the medal race in 11th position. They will be looking to extend their regatta with a good final race so they can make the Medal Race, but it's too much to ask at 51 points back for them to have a chance at the title.

The fight for the Olympic qualifying berths stretches back to the 15-19 group of Australia, Finland, and France. These teams just have one final race to see who can claim the 10th Olympic berth available in Santander.

49er

Today was a relatively light day on the water for the 49er teams, with only two races held in breezy conditions. The podium picture became much clearer as the Olympic gold medallists in the fleet asserted themselves. London 2012 Gold medallists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen won the day with a 2, 1 and moved into second overall. Beijing 2008 Gold medallist Jonas Warrer with Anders Thomsen had a great day too with a 3, 4, pulling them up into third place, with a 20 point gap to fourth.

Overall leaders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) started out the day in typical form with another win, but then got tangled up at the leeward mark in race 2 with the collision resulting in a capsize. They got it back upright and managed a 14th, their drop race but they were later disqualified from the race and discarded the score. They maintain a 24 point lead and could secure the victory with a good race tomorrow prior to the Medal Race.

In the fight for Olympic berths, a few veteran teams will have grins tonight and will be hoping to have beaming smiles tomorrow. Nico Delle Karth & Niko Resch (AUT) and Jorge Lima & Jose Costa (POR) are both mathematically guaranteed to be in the Medal Race and secure Olympic berths for their nations. Ireland, Britain, Spain, and France have not yet secured the Medal Race but have secured themselves top 10 nation status. That leaves Italy with a healthy 23 point lead over Croatia for the final berth, with only one race to go.

49er and 49erFX Reports Courtesy of Ben Remocker, International 49er Class Association

Finn

Giles Scott has moved into a 20 point lead in the Finn fleet after two more challenging races. Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) moved up to second with Jonathan Lobert (FRA) dropping one to third. Large pressure changes and wind bands funnelling down the course caused more than a few upsets with patience and calm decision making reaping benefits at the top mark. Some of the top 10 picked up some high scores.

Despite his worst scoring day so far, Scott still had the best day on the water with a third and a fourth. His nearest rival Kljakovic Gaspic placed fifth and sixth, giving the Brit a crucial points cushion going into Saturday's two final gold fleet races. And with lighter winds forecast, it is a long way from being over. The gold fleet race wins today went to Ed Wright (GBR) and Alex Muscat (ESP).

Giorgio Poggi (ITA) now leads the silver fleet after trading first and second places with Martin Robitaille (CAN), who is now just one point behind.

Scott summed up the day, "It was a hard day. Shifty and random. I got a third and fourth which I am actually pretty happy with because that was really difficult sailing. There were big leftys and big rightys and they were long as well so you could easily get stuck on the wrong side. So I am pretty happy come away unscathed. But Bambi was only a couple behind me in each race so it's not over yet.”

Finn Report Courtesy of Robert Deaves, International Finn Class Association

Nacra 17

Today the Nacra 17 sailed their first day in the Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet. Four races per fleet were scheduled back to back. The day started with good stable wind (around 18 Knots) and during the day took off a little bit and became more & more shifty. Between 11:00 and 14:30 local time the gold fleet were able to sail three races under good wind conditions. During their fourth race the wind became more and more shifty.

After nine races in the gold fleet the French team of Billy Besson & Marie Riou are leading overall. With today's results 1, 1, 12, 7 they have a very good starting point for the coming days.

After they day was done they said, "After four races hard sailing we are a bit tired. The wind was good and steady in the first 2 races. In races 3 & 4 it became more and more complicated with winds shifts. The fleet is sailing very close together which makes it very exciting and difficult. But we are happy with this day results and look forward to tomorrow.”

A big surprise in the daily and overall results comes from Argentina's Santiago Lange & Cecilia Carranza Saroli. After a good day yesterday they are ascending in the overall results and are second overall now.

Lange explained his day, "Maybe we had a little bit of luck today, but we are very happy with the results from today (3, 3, 14, 6). Every day the sailing goes better & better. We have only sailed the Nacra 17 about 50-60 days and still are learning a lot. Before the Nacra 17 I sailed Laser, Tornado, America's Cup and a lot of other boats. So we have a lot of sailing experience. But this boat is new and exciting. At 53 I am one of the oldest sailors in the fleet but I am feeling very good and look forward to the coming days.”

Pippa Wilson and John Grimson sit third overall following a 13, 8, 32, 5 scoreline.

Tomorrow, three more Gold Fleet races are scheduled before the Medal Race. In the overall results the top 15 teams are very close together, so tomorrow is going to be a very exciting and important day for the last qualification to be in the Medal Race.

Nacra 17 Report Courtesy of Edwin Lodder, International Nacra 17 Class Association

Women's 470

Saturday's Medal Race will be a three-way battle for the World Championship gold medal between series leaders Lara Vadlau and Jola Ogar (AUT), Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR).

Vadlau and Ogar attacked today's two races with their usual spirit and burning desire to be in front. Sitting on a one point deficit behind the Kiwis going into the day, they advance to the double-points Medal Race with a one point advantage at the front of the leaderboard. Also in the bag are Austria's ticket to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and they are guaranteed a 470 World Championship medal. Reverse back two years to the 2012 470 World Championships and Vadlau secured the last nation slot to the London 2012 Olympics. In Weymouth, Vadlau was the youngest helm and scored a race best result of 10th amongst the Olympic fleet. Since then, her success has been unwavering and regardless of the colour of the medal secured tomorrow, today marks a defining moment in Vadlau's career.

"We are really happy with today,” grinned Vadlau. "It was really not such an easy wind, it was really shifty and anything could have happened. We achieved our first target for this Worlds, to get the ticket.

"It feels great, but our main target is in Rio. Everything that comes now is a nice gift. With Jola together we can achieve everything when we sail good. When we both do our jobs this is the outcome.”

London 2012 Olympic Gold medallists and defending World Champions, Aleh and Powrie have also guaranteed themselves a podium finish, regardless of where they finish in the Medal Race.

Race wins went to Brazil's Renata Decnop and Isabel Swan and in a surprise end to their Championship, Great Britain's Christina Bassadon and Eilidh McIntyre. Brought in as a last minute replacement, as Mcintyre's usual helm Sophie Weguelin was injured, 2008 Olympian Bassadone stepped in to the 470 with just four hours of training, having last competed in a 470 four years ago .

Medal Race strategies will be intricately gone through tonight. Whilst the Austrians and Kiwis are guaranteed medals, behind them it is all open. Sitting 13 points behind the Kiwis, Great Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark go into the Medal Race in third overall and have a shot to upgrade to silver, but will also be focused on holding on to bronze. Only two teams have a chance at knocking the British off the podium, with their closest rivals being world ranked #1 pair, Camille Lecointre and Helene Defrance of France who sit 10 points behind in fourth overall. An outside chance at bronze also goes to the USA's Anne Haegar and Briana Provancha.

Men's 470

Australia's Mat Belcher and Will Ryan made it four race wins in a row today, as they added victory in races 7 and 8, to yesterday's wins in races 6 and 7. Great Britain's Luke Patience and Elliott Willis sealed the race 9 win and now put themselves within reach of the bronze medal.

On the eve of his 32nd Birthday, Belcher sits on the verge of claiming his fifth successive 470 World Championship title. If he succeeds, it would mark an unprecedented achievement in the history of the 470 Class, and most likely in any Olympic Class.

"It was really shifty today and it was easy to find yourselves at the back,” explained Belcher. "It wasn't easy to get the first shift, but we were fighting pretty hard to try and come back. There was plenty of opportunity out there, so we were able to come back really well and sail a great day.”

Commenting on the potential for another World title tomorrow, Belcher continued, "It is a pretty big deal. This year we have sailed really well and I am a firm believer that we deserve to be where we are. A lot can happen in a medal race and we have seen that before where we had an even bigger points gap, that at one stage we weren't winning.”

The Australians go into Saturday's double-points Medal Race with a 14.7 point advantage over Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic from Croatia, with Greece's Panagotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis in third. Only the Croatians can wrestle gold from the Australians, but that would take a win for them and an improbable last place for the Australians.

The Croatians, Greeks and Great Britain's Patience and Willis are all in the hunt for silver and bronze medals, so the stage is set for some thrilling racing on the grandstand Duna course on Saturday.

Several rising star 470 teams have forced the more experienced sailors to look over their shoulders through this Championship. Kazuto Doi and Kimihiki Imamura (JPN), Guillaume Pirouelle and Sipan Valentin (FRA) and the 2013/2014 470 Junior World Champions Jordi Xammar and Joan Herp (ESP) have all made it to the Medal Race, with the French and Spanish also earning the honour of securing their nation's slots at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

470 Reports Courtesy of Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association

Medal Races are scheduled to commence at 14:15 and 15:15 local time on Saturday 20 September.

The remaining fleets will commence at 13:00.

Schedule of Racing:

14-20 September, 470 Men and 470 Women
15-21 September, 49er, 49erFX, Finn and Nacra 17

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Results are available here.

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