Bronze for Winther...Images from Medal Races at Weymouth...Kiwis Matchracing in Sweden and Chicago

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Sail-World New Zealand: 15 August 2010

Sara Winther (NZL) all black strip, winner of the Bronze medal, at Skandia Sail For Gold with Gold Medal winner Marit Bouwmeester (NED) and Silver medalist and 2009,2010 World Champion, Sari Multala (FIN)  Natalie McDowell
Welcome to Sail-World.com's New Zealand newsletter for 15 August 2010

New Zealand emerged with a single medal from eight finals sailed at the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, in the 2012 Olympic venue, Weymouth.

At first glance the New Zealand conversion rate (Finals to Medals) does not look good.

The rule of thumb is that you should be able to convert about 50% of the sailors you have in the top five in the regatta into medals.

Some countries like Australia were able to do this very successfully, but they also did not field a full team in this regatta meaning that while they are strong in some classes they are extremely weak in others. That indicates their development program is not performing.

Great Britain did not dominate this regatta quite to the extent expected, again they performed well in some classes, however the difficulty of running Olympians in America's Cup campaigns, was highlighted in this regatta.

NZL Sailing Team - Medal Races, 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold, Weymouth   Natalie McDowell

All can return from this event, the first look at the Olympic venue and conditions that might prevail in 2012, knowing they have plenty of scope for review and improvement.

New Zealand should be celebrating the Bronze medal of Sara Winther in the Laser Radial. She was in the Silver medal slot with two world champions close behind her - as we outlined in our review of the medal races. They were both more than capable of rolling the Kiwi, who had finished in 29th position in the 2010 Worlds a month or so ago.

It was a big ask for Sara Winther, and she rose to the occasion in a difficult final. Congratulations!

In this edition we bring you all the images and reports on the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta.

Sara Winther NZL third in the Women's Laser Radial at Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2010. Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat.com  Cathy Vercoe LuvMyBoat.com

As a spectator event, particularly online, it was a mixed bag - a good venue, some good people but plagued by technical issues. Neverthless the coverage was streets ahead of what has been previously provided for an ISAF World Cup Regatta, and really the British showed how lazy the bulk of the event organisers have become in their coverage.

It was sufficiently compelling for us to watch the sailing on the internet, with the TV turned off - and that is a first ever.

The Star class medal contenders on the start line on the final day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.  onEdition ©

Hopefully those in charge of the revised format of the Sailing World Cup will take on board the lessons from Weymouth and roll the key elements of that coverage into a common package which applies to all seven events.

At Sail-World, we have changed our submission system so that you can load images and stories in the one frame. The change is a big improvement and we have been using it ourselves for story and image compilation - very simple. One of the features of the system is that you get an automated acknowledgment when the story is put online together with a link and advice as to which world regions the story has been posted.

Jul Bontemps (FRA) in action in the RS:X M class on day 6 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta.  onEdition ©

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Good sailing!

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NZL Sailing Team: Bronze for Winther at Sail for Gold
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
2010 Skandia Sail for Gold has come to a close after six days of racing in Weymouth, England at the venue of the next Olympic Games. New Zealand has clinched one medal with Sara Winther awarded bronze in the Laser Radial, and a further seven NZL Sailing Team representatives achieving a top ten finish.... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold: Reports from the Medal races
Richard Gladwell,
Race reports from the Medal Races on Finals Day of the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta: Laser, Laser Radials,Star,Finns,RSX Mens... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold: Action images from the Medal Races
Cathy Vercoe,
Cathy Vercoe of Luvmyboat.com presents this gallery of images from the Final Day of the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta at Weymouth... [more]
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Images from Weymouth: The Medalists are honoured
Various Media,
Several photographers provide this gallery of images from the medal ceremonies at the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Chicago Match Cup
FMJ Racing,
Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Chicago Match Cup: Hurry up and wait was the story for the second day of the Chicago match cup. The idea of the O.A. was to start and complete the second round robin. But unfortunately the wind wasn't blowing and with the water and air show the chop on the water made conditions very hard.... [more]
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Images from the Medal Races: Drama and changes on the Final Day
onEdition,
Onedition present a gallery of images from the final day of competition from the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta... [more]
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Waka Racing: The Frustration Continues...
Waka Racing Media,
New Zealand matchracing team, Waka Racing report from the Sweden: It has been a tough couple of days onboard our boat. We have now been knocked out of the tough formated, first event of the Baltic Match Tour, missing out on the semi-finals. The event started yesterday with an extremely frustrating day in light, very shifty conditions. Our first opponent was no slouch, top ranked skipper Bjorn... [more]
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Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week - A friendly adventure
Al Constable,
While thousands of yachts have ventured up the Australian east coast to winter in the Whitsundays, few of them have been further north. Now an ever growing number of the yachts are discovering Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week.... [more]
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Dan Slater: Medal Race Sail for Gold Day 6 at Skandia Sail For Gold
Dan Slater,
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 6 of racing in the Finn class in the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth England: Today wasn't my best ever performance but the placings rolled over about 3-4 times during the race as the 7-8 knot breeze shifted inside the harbour. At the start I was sure that the right would be the side up the first beat and I ended up 7th at the top mar... [more]
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Images from Weymouth: Kiwis in the Medal races
Natalie McDowell,
NZL Sailing Team photographer, Natalie McDowell, was on the water for the finals of the New Zealanders in the Medal Races today and presents the following gallery of images from Day 6 of the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta at Weymouth... [more]
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Eight teams advance in Chicago Match Cup
Dobbs Davis,
Eight teams advance in Chicago Match Cup - Event organizers have therefore decided to forego completion of this stage and proceed directly to the Quarter-Finals in tomorrow's final day of competition. As such, only eight teams in the field of ten will be advancing to this stage tomorrow at this ISAF Grade 2 event hosted by the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC).... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week - Weather or not?
Kenn Batt,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2010 Day 3- weather forecast by Meterologist Kenn Batt... [more]
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PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati day six - Full force havoc
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 Alacati, Turkey, Day Six - Micah Buzianis and Valerie Arrighetti claim victory on the crystal clear waters of Alacati, and Antoine Albeau secures yet another slalom world title with an event to spare!... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold 2010 - Aussie Bling...
Lucy Harwood,
Skandia Sail For Gold 2010 - Australia went home laden with gold after an astonishing week of racing in Weymouth Bay – the 2012 Olympic venue. The Aussies picked up gold in four classes; Women's Match Racing, the Skud-18, the Laser Men, and the 49er class.... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold 2010 - Belcher and Page win silver and gold
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Skandia Sail for Gold - Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page, Australia's Golden Boys won the silver medal at the finale of the ISAF World Cup circuit. Australia's Golden Boys have grossed two gold and three silver medals in the seven World Cup events for the year. Their dominance of the Men's 470 Class throughout stands out among all of the other Olympic Class sailors' records this year.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - Scott is Britain's golden boy in Weymouth
Lindsey Bell,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 - Giles Scott claimed Britain's only gold out of a total of eight medals at the regatta in Weymouth and Portland, and in doing so ended teammate Ben Ainslie's six year unbeaten run in the Olympic Finn class.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Great Scott breaks Ainslie's record run
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta - An eighth place finish in the medal race was enough for Giles Scott (GBR) to break the longest standing record in Finn sailing history. Ben Ainslie (GBR), undefeated in the Finn for six years, could only finish third, behind both Jonathan Lobert (FRA) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) and dropped to fourth overall.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Four Golds and Silver for Aussies on top
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team has won three Golds and a Silver medal on a thrilling final day of the 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, England, to make that Four Golds and a Silver overall.... [more]
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PredictWind: Afternoon change for Day 6 of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell,
PredictWind.com is forecasting an afternoon change for the final 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 northerly direction.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold – Campbell fighting to stay in!
Campbell Sailing,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2010 is still underway and essentially we had to win the day to extend our series. With a little more risk than normal we sent it to the left hand side in the first race to take fourth and then bee-lined it for the approaching thunderstorm to the right in the second race and made one pass to win the final race of the series.... [more]
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Full Metal Jacket Racing report on the Chicago Match Cup
FMJ Racing,
Young Kiwi Match Racing team, Full Metal Jacket, report on the Chicago Match Cup: The first day of the Chicago Match Cup started slowly for Full Metal Jacket Racing. The conditions were tough with light breeze and extremely sloppy chop making speed builds and boat control difficult. After four losses in a row we managed to turn things around and finish the day with five consecutive wins.... [more]
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Kiwi Gold Medalist misses the cut for Medal Race in Weymouth
Richard Gladwell,
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion, Thom Ashley has missed making the cut for the Medal Race at the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta. As well as being the final event on the ISAF World Cup circuit, the regatta is also the first preview for competitors of the 2010 Olympic regatta venue - which was the first venue to be completed.... [more]
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Images from Weymouth: Kiwis on the Laser courses
Natalie McDowell,
NZL Sailing Team photographer, Natalie McDowell, was on the Laser and Laser Radial courses today and presents the following gallery of images from Day 5 of the Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta at Weymouth.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold and the ISAF officials that make up the backbone
Skandia Sail for Gold,
Skandia Sail for Gold and the ISAF officials that make up the backbone - Cook has a team of International Technical Officials (ITO) and Course Race Officials (CRO) to manage the final regatta of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Weymouth. There are seven race courses in Weymouth and nearly 700 boats so this is a major test for this highly experienced team.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - GBR Sonar and Skud sailors on podium
Lindsey Bell,
Britain's Paralympic classes sailors kicked off the GBR medal tally at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. Skandia Team GBR also secured 15 berths in the final medal races across the ten Olympic classes. The three Paralympic fleets finished their regatta series on Friday.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Gold for Aussie Skud-18 team
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]
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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]
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Dan Slater: What could have been on Day 5 at Skandia Sail For Gold
Dan Slater,
2000 and 2008 Olympian, Dan Slater, reports on Day 5 of racing in the Finn class in the 2010 Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta, Weymouth England: Today was 8-12 knots and very shifty . Really just what I wanted before the medal race tomorrow. Race 1 I started down towards the pin end and I new I was close to the line but I thought I was well hidden by the other boats. However all 6 boats round me and... [more]
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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]
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NZL Sailing Team: Medal Races to go – Eight Kiwis to sail at Weymouth
Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ,
The 2010 Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta is now down to the final day with only the top ten of each fleet set to sail off in the medal races late tonight (NZT) in Weymouth England. Eight of New Zealand's representatives have made the top ten and will hit the water tonight in a last ditch attempt to reach the podium.... [more]
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Skandia Sail For Gold: First winners in Olympic preview regatta
Event media,
Skandia Sail for Gold created its first 2010 Champions today in three classes – the Skud-18, Sonar and 2.4mR. In the Skud-18 it was the Australian pair of Daniel Fitzgibbon and Rachael Cox that have dominated the class with seven first places and two seconds. The Beijing silver medalists beat the British team of Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell into second place – which made it silver in suc... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Finn focus - Casey into Medal race
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]
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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]
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Skandia Sail For Gold 2010 - Belcher and Page assured of Medal
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
At the end of the Finals in the Men's 470 event at Skandia Sail for Gold, Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page are in second place. Today's conditions were fickle with wind pressure ranging from to 12 knots. According to Belcher, 'The shifts were even bigger than yesterday's. It wasn't as windy, so we didn't have autotacks, just big headers.'... [more]
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PredictWind: Steady breezes again for Day 5 of Skandia Sail for Gold
Richard Gladwell,
PredictWind.com is forecasting steady breezes for the final 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 northerly direction.... [more]
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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]
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Doyle Sails Aus is looking for a new crew member at its Sydney base
Guy Waddilove,
As part of our continuing expansion plan in Sydney we are looking to bolster our sales team. We are looking for a keen, competitive sailor to base out of our Rushcutters Bay loft working around the Sydney area. The successful candidate will have experience in sales and ideally will have a background in competitive sailing.... [more]
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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]
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