As a somewhat recent transplant to Seattle from the right coast, one of the strangest quirks about my new home is the lack of summer breezes. Case in point: two out of our last three Wednesday night races have been canceled due to a dearth of breeze. Coming from New England, a place where all racing (and all sailing) is done between May and October, it's downright weird—if not mildly depressing—to watch sails slating aimlessly during the 'prime' summer months.
Thankfully, a visit to Boston and a chance to go sailing with my good friend Peter up in Marblehead materialized and, like any salt who hasn't had his proper dosage of wind in the teeth, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Then an amazing thing happened: we hopped off the launch, hoisted sail, and went sailing in a beautiful 10-knot easterly. Nothing earth shattering, mind you, just the sort of soul sailing that shakes off the rust and reaffirms why a great day of sailing is fully worth the agony of postponements — or worse — cancellations.
Ah, sailing in the summer...what a concept!
On the far grander stage known as the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, currently unfolding in Weymouth, England, US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) team members have been enjoying a phenomenal run, with seven USSTAG teams currently perched in the top ten. Today's gold-star award goes to Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kingsolving Farrar, who earned two consecutive bullets in the Women's 470 class. Well done!
While this effort, as well as that of all USSTAG sailors, in impressive, it's important not to rejoice too soon. 'The racing is very close and with two more races tomorrow, a lot can happen,' cautioned USSTAG High Performance Director/Head Coach Kenneth Andreasen. Today's racing could potentially shake up the leaderboard, but, fingers crossed, USSTAG sailors will continue to dominate today and again during Sunday's medal races.
In Tallinn, Estonia, a Seattle-summer-like wind vacuum ended the Melges 24 Worlds sans a final day of racing. Lorenzo Bressani's Uka Uka Racing proved unassailable, finishing with a massive lead of 32 points over Kristian Nergaard's Baghdad. This impressive effort was certainly advanced by ace American sailor Jonathan McKee's spot-on tactics throughout the series.
And finally, for the gear heads of this world (myself firmly included), be sure to check out Rob Kothe's excellent look at the technology behind North Sails' new 3Di sails. The future of sailmaking has arrived!
Fair winds and following seas,
Skandia Sail for Gold - Team Tunnicliffe to battle for bronze Anna Tunnicliffe, Skandia Sail for Gold - 1-3 Day Leads To A Battle For Bronze - The day started with the quarter finals in which we were racing GBR's Lucy Macgregor. We had a 2-0 lead in the series entering the day, but in tricky conditions, dropped the first two races of the day to tie the score at 2-2.... [more] Share this story
ISAF Sailing World Cup 2009/10 - Mixing it up with the Olympic stars ISAF, ISAF Sailing World Cup 2009/10 - The success of almost any major sports event is now dependent on the volunteers and their connection with the event. The final regatta in Weymouth has attracted a record fleet of nearly 700 boats and requires a large team to manage them. At this years regatta there are around 350 volunteers.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - First champions medal at Weymouth Lucy Harwood, Skandia Sail for Gold created its first 2010 Champions today in three classes. In the other ten classes, it was also judgment day of a kind. The drop was looming yesterday, and this evening we can see the big names that didn't make the cut for tomorrow's medal race.... [more] Share this story
PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey - Sheltering in the shade PWA/Paul Griffiths, Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey day five. After a couple of hours on standby the Meltemi fought back, and with gusts of 14kts, caused those sailors in the early heats to frantically rig in time for the start. Unfortunately, the wind was simply playing games with everyone, and just as the start sequence was about to begin, huge holes appeared in the course.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Finn focus - One step closer to victory Robert Deaves IFA, Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta Day Five brought lighter and more fickle winds in Weymouth Bay and a real mix of results in the Finn fleet. The final qualification race was crucial for most of the top 10. Race nine was sailed in 10 knots and under and brought some new faces to the front of the fleet as well as sealing the fate of several sailors.... [more] Share this story
Pacific Cup Race 2010 - A race full of firsts! Erik Simonson, Pacific Cup Race 2010 from San Francisco to Kanehoe Hawaii was full of surprises and firsts! It was the first time Mini Transats were allowed, and they proved themselves more than capable and worthy. It was one of the rare occasions that the northerly route paid off, and did so in spades.... [more] Share this story
Chester Race Fleet Heads Out To Sea for Wind Lynn Helpard, Today, Chester had everything going for it but a steady breeze. Beautiful sunshine and warm weather greeted the three fleets as they headed out for the second day of racing. The A course consisting of Distance racers, larger PHRF boats and J29 & J24 headed farthest out to sea and waiting for the winds to come up and settle in. The race committee moved the course further to sea to find wind.... [more] Share this story
PredictWind: Steady breezes again for Day 5 of Skandia Sail for Gold Richard Gladwell, PredictWind.com is forecasting steady breezes for the fifth day of racing on the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue. According to PredictWind they will enjoy breezes from a north westerly direction.... [more] Share this story
Andreas Josenhans holds court at Chester Race Week Katie Nicoll, For the past three years, several mornings during Chester Race Week, PRO Andreas Josenhans, holds court. At 0930 hours, he sits down in a Muskoka type chair and divvies out go fast advice to competitors.... [more] Share this story
North Sails 3Di - The How and Why Rob Kothe Sail-World.com, During the lead up to the 32nd Americas Cup, the Swiss Alinghi team hoisted sails on their boat so unique, that it had tongues wagging and people speculating as to just what were those unique, solid black looking sails with no apparent Mylar film.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Team Tunnicliffe in the quarter finals Anna Tunnicliffe, Skandia Sail for Gold - Team Tunnicliffe in the quarter finals - The racing was held in shifty, puffy conditions blowing off shore. It made for challenging calls all around the race course, but also for some tight racing. Our first race today was against the Dutch team and despite a couple of lead changes, they ended up getting the better of us at the finish.... [more] Share this story
Chicago Match Cup - Ten teams ready to race Dobbs Davis, Ten teams ready for the Chicago Match Cup - The winner of this year's Chicago Match Cup will qualify for an invitation to the 2011 Danish Open in Denmark, an ISAF Grade WC prize money event on the World Match Racing Tour.... [more] Share this story
Chubb U.S. Junior Championships 2010 Preview Jake Fish, US Sailing's 2010 Junior and Youth Championships season reaches its pinnacle in August. US Sailing will ride the momentum from the three successful summer events into next week's US Sailing's 2010 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships in San Diego, Calif.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Finn focus - Leaderboard shuffle Robert Deaves/IFA, The leader every day so far Jonathan Lobert (FRA) slipped to second while Ed Wright (GBR) climbed to third after winning race eight. The highest climber on Wednesday, Giles Scott (GBR), did it again in race seven leading round the top mark from Allen Burrell (GBR) and Tapio Nirkko (FIN).... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Day 4 - The first cut was the deepest... Lucy Harwood, Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - Today we saw the gold fleets split off. The majority of the sailors were dispatched to silver and bronze fleets – with no more chance at the podium. But if that was a deep cut, then the next will hurt even more, as many top seeds have just one more day to rescue themselves. Tomorrow night the top ten will be decided for Saturday's medal races, and if you have to be in... [more] Share this story
PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey - Day four wind fails to blow PWA/Paul Griffiths, Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey – Another windless day in paradise leaves Buzianis and Arrighetti sitting pretty at the top whilst their rivals eagerly await the return of the Meltemi.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - No final day appearance Justin Chisholm, Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - Despite the willingness of both the competitors and the Race Committee to do everything possible to complete the final two races in Tallin, Estonia, the wind refused to make an appearance on the final day. After a wait of several hours, the one painfully light airs race which did get under way had to be abandoned part way down the first downwind leg.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing sends two windsurfers to Youth Olympic Games in Singapore Marni Lane, US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee announced two youth windsurfers, Margot Samson (Belleair, Fla.) and Ian Stokes (Norfolk, Va.), have qualified to represent the United States at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games 2010 in Singapore. They join the U.S. Youth Olympic Team of 82 athletes competing in 18 sports. The 12-day event kicks off this Saturday, August 14.... [more] Share this story
Eastport Yacht Club slates Boat Show Bash Eastport Yacht Club, The yacht club that hosted the world's preeminent sailor's parties for the Volvo Ocean Races and the Whitbread Round the World Race is doing it again. This time Eastport Yacht Club (EYC) is throwing an outdoor dance party - its fourth Annual Boat Show Bash - celebrating the upcoming U.S. Sailboat Show.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit - Closer on the water, more popular ashore Audi MedCup Circuit, Three of the five regattas which comprise the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit has now seen three of it's five regattas contested, as the world's leading regatta circuit visited three different countries, Portugal in May, France in June and Spain in July.... [more] Share this story
Toyota International Match Race – Competitors announced Drew Dungan, Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup has today announced the list of competitors for the 2010 event. With 12 teams from five countries and one U.S. territory confirmed. Kevin Schrage, chairman of the 2010 Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, made the announcement at Bayview Yacht Club this morning.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - 9.5 hours of Weymouth Westerly Campbell Sailing, Skandia Sail for Gold, update from Andrew Campbell: After an 8:30 weather briefing and a quick swim to scrub the bottom of the boat, we left the dock sailing to the race course at 9:15 this morning.... [more] Share this story
PredictWind: Steady breezes for Day 4 of Skandia Sail for Gold Richard Gladwell, PredictWind.com is forecasting steady breezes for the fourth day of racing on the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue. According to PredictWind they will enjoy breezes from a north westerly direction.... [more] Share this story
SailTV: Skandia Sail For Gold Sail-World, Live and replay coverage of the Skandia Sail For Gold being sailed off Weymouth, England. This event is our first look at the venue and form for the 2012 Olympic venue and competitors. Live and replay coverage of the World Match Race tour, is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays. Have a look at the new VirtualEye Interactive - run your own replays... [more] Share this story
SLAM Kiwi Match at the Chicago Match Race Cup Logan Fraser, SLAM Kiwi Match are on a new continent this week as the team continue their summer season with the Chicago Match Cup. The team have been keeping themselves busy over the last couple of weeks with other commitments but we're all excited to be back in Chicago for another shot at the Chicago Cup.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Team Tunnicliffe not on the winning side today Anna Tunnicliffe, Team Tunnicliffe reports 'Unfortunately, we didn't win any today, but had some great races, making small errors here and there to put us just behind. We have two more races tomorrow in the gold fleet before the quarter-finals start.'... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold Finn focus - Double win closes points at the top Robert Deaves, Skandia Sail for Gold - Double win for Scott closes points at the top - Overnight the top 10 had changed slightly. A protest for redress for an error in moving the windward mark from Dan Slater, Ben Ainslie and Ed Wright gave them all average points which significantly improved their position after day two and gave them something to consolidate on Wednesday.... [more] Share this story
The Tunnicliffe Machine rolls on David Schmidt Sail-World USA Editor, For years, the sailing world has looked to Anna Tunnicliffe, 27, as one of the leading lights in American sailing. Not female American sailing, mind you, but American sailing.... [more] Share this story
North American Challenge Cup - Sportsmanship prevails Christie Denson, Just before the North American Challenge Cup awards were to be handed out, and after press release was issued announcing the winners, Kristi Walker, the pronounced winner in the 2.4mR class discovered a scoring error and pointed it out to her competitor Nigist Sewnnet, which ultimately bumped Walker to second place.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship - Critical day for those with aspirations Justin Chisholm, With three races scheduled happily the weather gods smiled on Tallinn today, providing eight to twelve knot breezes. the penultimate day of the Championship... [more] Share this story
PWA World Cup Alacati - Former world champion still ahead Paul Griffiths, Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup - Former world champion still ahead - After a full day on hold, former world champion, Micah Buzianis (JP, NeilPryde) remains at the front of the men's fleet, and 2009 world champion, Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde). Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou, Loft, Mystic) is still leading the women.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold images from Ingrid Abery Ingrid Abery images, These Skandia Sail for Gold images are presented by photographer Ingrid Abery... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - High fliers roped back into pack Lucy Harwood, At the top end the high-fliers from the first three days were roped up and hauled back into the pack – the leaderboard has got tighter almost everywhere.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans – Poland's top ocean racer acquires Eco 60 Velux 5 Oceans, Velux 5 Oceans update: Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski has moved one step closer to his goal of becoming the first Polish person to race solo around the world after getting his hands on a high-tech Eco 60 yacht for the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more] Share this story
Forrest Wood Cup 2010 - Hawk circles back for storybook ending Brett Carlson, Forrest Wood Cup competitor Kevin Hawk qualified for the Cup back in October 2009, he knew at that moment he wanted to become a full-time professional bass fisherman. With the economy lagging and sponsorships scarce, he picked up his bags and moved from Ramona, Calif., to Buford, Ga.... [more] Share this story
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