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A Busy Week of Sailing

One of the most important regattas of the year is the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta, which is currently being held at Sail Newport, Rhode Island's most prominent public sailing center. Why exactly is the Clagett so important you ask? For the past eight years, this annual event and its preceding clinic, which are sailed in 2.4 Metres, SKUD-18s, Sonars and J/22s, have served as one of the pinnacles of disabled sailing, giving purpose, goals, training agendas—in short, regular lives - to many regular sailors.

Sadly, the weather Gods didn't cooperate as Newport was hit with a strong Nor'Easterly yesterday, pelting the racecourse with 29-knot winds, keeping all but the SKUD-18s ashore. Beautiful 15-18 knots today and racing will wrap up on Thursday.

Strong winds were also the early theme at the International C-Class Catamaran Championship, (note this cannot be called the Little America's Cup apparently), which is also being contested in Newport at the New York Yacht Club's Harbor Court. This regatta features high-performance, spectacularly innovative boats that are governed by a simple set of rules and plenty of incentive to think creatively. And serious talent is afoot this year, including James Spithill, the 31-year old phenom skipper lucky and talented enough to be entrusted with the helm of what is arguably the coolest boat ever, BMW/Oracle Racing 90. 'I've looked forward to two regattas this year,' said Spithill about the event. 'The America's Cup and this one.' Impressive words, given their speaker, so keep this event on your radar as the week progresses.

18ft Skiff International Regatta on SFO bay  Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©


San Francisco's infamous Bay continues to lived up to its reputation, giving the skiff sailors plenty of excitement at the 18ft Skiff International Regatta, with plenty of bash and crash. Absolve your mid-week blues with a lengthy perusal of Erik Simonson's gallery of some of the world's best speed freaks in action.

Also, US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) rock star Anna Tunnicliffe has been nominated for the Women's Sports Foundation's 2010 Sportswoman of the Year Award. Tunnicliffe is one of ten finalists, with serious competition coming from the likes of Lindsey Vonn and Serena Williams. Be sure to show your support for Tunnicliffe and the USSTAG by casting your vote appropriately.

Fair winds and following seas,


David Schmidt



18ft Skiff International Regatta - Crash and burn on San Francisco Bay
Rich Roberts,
Before the day was over the 18s' seventh race of the week would be cut short as boats flipped over like in a slapstick film, and then the ensuing Bridge to Bridge Race from the Golden Gate to the Oakland Bay suffered similar catastrophe.... [more]
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International C Class Catamaran Championship heads to Canada
New York Yacht Club,
International C Class Catamaran Championship update: The nor'easter departed New England today – more or less – and is off to ruin Canada for a couple of days. Its departure – better late than never -- gave the half-dozen winged multihulls sailing in the International C-Class Catamaran Championship at the New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court a chance to stop talking and start performing. As if they... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Pre-race party with Brad Van Liew and crew
Team Lazarus,
Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 race begins in France shortly. Brad and the crew intend to celebrate in style before the start and everyone is invited.... [more]
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2010 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship - Big fleet ready
Joy Dunigan,
The 2010 Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship officially gets underway this weekend at the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club in Holland, Mich. For the second running of the U.S. Nationals, the fleet is full of fresh faces.... [more]
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International C-Class Catamaran Championship - Ashby and Spithill lead
Michael Levitt,
The nor'easter departed New England today – more or less – and is off to ruin Canada for a couple of days. Wednesday's racing took place near Half Way Rock, north of the Pell Bridge, to minimize the remnants of the seas and breeze from the northeast.... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup - Live video
Chris Love,
This year's edition of the Knickerbocker Cup Match Race, hosted by Manhasset Bay Yacht Club in Port Washington, NY, USA, will be broadcast live on the internet by Sailgroove.org... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Good start on a tricky race track
Warren Douglas,
Emirates Team New Zealand has made a promising start to the Audi MedCup regatta at Cartagena, Spain, finishing the day with a fourth and second place in the two races sailed. NZL 380 has six points at the end of the first day, behind TeamOrigin (GBR) on four (third and first) and Matador (ARG) on five (first and fourth).... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - Artemis images
Sander van der Borch images,
Photographer Sander van der Borch presents this gallery of images from the Audi MedCup Circuit - Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy off Cartagena, featuring Artemis.... [more]
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CORK OCR (Olympic Classes Regatta) 2010 - Close competition
Marianne Davis,
In the 29erXX class, Tyler Macdonald and Tucker Atterbury won the medal race ahead of Emily Tsang and Lauren Laventure.... [more]
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Clagett Regatta competition underway
Jan Harley,
Sailing got underway on Narragansett Bay for the eighth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta. In the five-boat Sonar fleet, 2008 SKUD-18 Paralympic Gold Medalist Maureen McKinnon Tucker (Marblehead, Mass.) and Gerry Tiernan (Falmouth, Maine) crewed for John Porter (East Troy, Wisc.) to win all five races and the lead position in that fleet on five points.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy - TeamOrigin to the fore
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Buoyed by their team's recent success, winning on their own home waters against the America's Cup defenders, Britain's TeamOrigin emerged with a third and a first place from the opening two races to lead the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy regatta TP52 Series fleet.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy - Artemis update
Paul Cayard,
Two races were held today in 14 knot, Easterly winds off the South coast of Spain. Artemis had an ok day....middle of the fleet in both races.... [more]
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Samson, Stokes gain valuable experience in Singapore
Marni Lane,
U.S. windsurfers Margot Samson (Belleaire, Fla.) and Ian Stokes (Norfolk, Va.) wrapped up competition at the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore on Wednesday.... [more]
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A perfect third racing day at the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championship
Victoria Crowder,
Toronto delivered perfect late summer sailing conditions for the third day of racing at the Mackenzie 8 Metre World Championships – the 8 Metres showed both their true beauty and strength! With two metre swells and 15 knots of easterly breeze, the sailors raced two nearly 10 mile races today. ' It was a hard day of sailing but a lot of fun', says Rob Roy, North American 8 Metre Class President.... [more]
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CORK OCR - August 24 racing complete for today
Marianne Davis,
Today provided racing in a mix of light to medium air and brilliant sun, a change from previous days heavier air at the CORK OCR regatta. Today saw great excitement in the 49er fleet, where Gordon Cook and Paul Ehvert of Toronto started the day in fourth, 15 points behind the number one team of Jon Ladha and Daniel Inkpen from Newfoundland.... [more]
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BoatUS offers new Online Tax Guide for Boaters
BoatUS,
With the fall boat show buying season just around the corner, those looking to get into boating or trading up will be thinking about how much they can afford. However, an important part of the boat buying budget are taxes, and to help those folks understand what taxes apply, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) developed a new online State Boating Tax and Registration Guide.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit – A difficult opener for TP52s
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup season's fourth and penultimate regatta in Caja Mediterraneo Region of Murcia Trophy gets into action today with points racing for the TP52 Series and the official Practice Race for the GP42's.... [more]
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Youth Olympic Games Medals decided in Singapore
ISAF Media,
Eleven different nations won medals at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. The Youth Olympic Games have been widely acclaimed as an outstanding success and Singapore have been wonderful hosts.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta - Images from Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Great shots from photographer Erik Simonson at the 18ft Skiff International Regatta on San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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2010 Finn Junior World Championship win to Miami sailor
Corrine Mckenzie,
The day started with sun and wind from the East. The AP flag went up to postpone racing until the westerly filled in the bay. Racing started at 3 PM after a general recall. It was a nerve raking race.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta - Top four turn up the heat
Rich Roberts,
18ft Skiff International Regatta on San Francisco bay. Three Australians led by Herman Winning, the son, with eight points, Michael Coxon, 10, and Woody Winning (the dad), 13, and the USA's Howie Hamlin from Long Beach, 14, cut themselves a 10-point gap from the other 10 entries with four races remaining over the next two days.... [more]
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Tunnicliffe nominated for Sportswoman of the Year award
Team Tunnicliffe,
I received an email today from the Women's Sports Foundation announcing I am one of 10 finalists for the Sportswoman of the Year award. It is a great honor to be a finalist for the award, especially given the company with whom I am listed.... [more]
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C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta - Storm delays day one racing
Jan Harley,
The eighth annual C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Memorial Regatta is being held from Sail Newport, Rhode Island's public sailing center. The NNE breeze continue unabated overnight as the persistent storm stalled over most of New England, and when the competitors returned to the venue in the morning for the first day of racing, they were greeted by an a-typical August day.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International regatta images from Chris Ray
Chris Ray images,
Here is a selection of images by photographer Chris Ray from the 18ft Skiff International, underway on San Francisco bay.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship day 2 - No wind, no racing
Graham Smith,
After a three hour delay because of heavy north-westerly winds, the Etchells Worlds fleet prepared for a 16:00 start as the winds abated.... [more]
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Audi MedCup: Artemis set pace in Practice Race in Cartagena
MedCup Media and Sail-World,
Artemis, winners of last month's Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona, suggested today that they might have lost nothing of their momentum when they comfortably won today's official Practice Race for the TP52 Series at the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy off Cartagena.... [more]
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Audi Med Cup Circuit - Practice race for the TP52 today
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Artemis, winners of last month's Camper Regatta – Conde de Godó Trophy – Barcelona, suggested today that they might have lost nothing of their momentum when they comfortably won today's official Practice Race for the TP52 Series at the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy off Cartagena.... [more]
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Gale force winds ground high flying C Class catamarans
Barby MacGowan,
Six boats and wings are ready to fly, on day two of the International C-Class Catamaran Championship. Instead of racing, internationally accomplished sailors from five countries played show and tell under the tent at New York Yacht Club. A collection of designers, America's Cup evaluators and multihull pioneers weren't too upset that the weather system delayed day one.... [more]
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Cork Olympic Classes Regatta 2010 – Day four update
Erin Murray,
Cork Olympic Classes Regatta has this year seen 184 boats and 219 sailors competing in ISAF Grade 1 event for Laser and Radial classes, and the 29erXX Seiko North American Championship and 49er Seiko Canadians. Going into day four of five, the wind is a steady five to seven knots from the north-east, with gusts to 10 knots.... [more]
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Round Britain and Ireland record smashed by Oman Air Majan!
Into the Blue,
Round Britain and Ireland record has been impressively smashed. At 09:03:55 GMT today (24/08/10) skipper Sidney Gavignet (FRA) on-board Oman Air Majan crossed the finish line off Lizard Point, Cornwall to smash the single handed Round Britain and Ireland record. The A100 trimaran broke the existing record held by Thomas Coville by a massive one day 15 hours 30 minutes and 44 seconds.... [more]
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2010 Melges 24 North American Championship - Entry deadline looming
IM24CA,
Melges 24 North American Championship 2010 entry deadline is only a week away. The event, being hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario will see entries close on 31 August. It's going to be an amazing long weekend of great championship racing accompanied by some outstanding New York State hospitality... [more]
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Volvo Ocean racers ignite afterburners in Round Britain Race
Richard Gladwell,
The sailing world got its first taste of what is to come in the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race when the SevenStar Round Britain and Ireland race got underway off Cowes, yesterday. After a course change to avoid a pending weather bomb off Ireland later in the week, the fleet got off to a fast start in an easterly direction.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta - Images from Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
This gallery of images is from photographer Erik Simonson and captures the action at the 18ft Skiff International Regatta on San Francisco Bay... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta day 2 - The Boys from Down Under
Rich Roberts,
There's some gambling going on at the ninth annual 18ft Skiff International Regatta. Port tack starts with no right of way hoping to cross starboard tackers are risky at best, but when it works the payoff has been huge by eliminating a laborious tack.... [more]
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International C Class Catamaran Championships day 1 canceled
New York Yacht Club,
International C Class Catamaran Championship, August 22-28, 2010 at the New York Yacht Club, Harbour Court, Newport, RI. Racing has been canceled for the day due to 30+ knots this afternoon. Six C-Class catamarans, from four nations are competing in the regatta, including America's Cup skipper Jimmy Spithill (AUS) and world champion Tornado and A-clas cat sailor, Glenn Ashby (AUS).... [more]
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Star North American Championship - Szabo takes title
Star North Americans,
The final race of the Star North American Championship was a match race, pure and simple. Szabo and his crew, Frithjof Kleen controlled that match race throughout as both boats moved steadily backwards in the fleet. The pair finished deep - it was the throwout for both - but Szabo was smiling.... [more]
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Optimist Canadian Championships - Wild wind from the east on day one
Linda MacDonald,
A couple of broken masts, many dumped boats, LOTS of bailing, and LOTS of wind, PRO Irene McNeil and CRO Shelley Vaughan ran four races for the hearty young people who braved the winds and rain of the first day of the Optimist Canadian Championships. The winds were forecasted to come in strong, and strong they did. Our race crew of volunteers did an exceptional job keeping the marks in place... [more]
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UNH Sailing - College teams encouraged to support 24 hour skate
Mitch Brindley,
UNH Sailing - For 24 hours on Saturday, Brad Churchill, coach of the Boston University sailing team, will rollerblade up and down the coast of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, connecting his hometown of Boston with Durham, NH, home of the UNH Wildcats. He will undertake this task to raise money and awareness for the University of New Hampshire Community Sailing Program and the UNH Sailing Team.... [more]
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Etchells Worlds Championships 2010 - Razmilovic heads day one
Graham Smith,
Etchells Worlds Championships 2010 started at Howth today (Monday 23rd) with two scheduled races sailed in freshening winds, with Ante Razmilovic of the UK holding a one point lead over Australian sailing legend John Bertrand at the end of the first day. The leading American entry is Jud Smith of Eastern YC in sixth overall.... [more]
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TowBoatUS Rochester NY Re-opens under new ownership
BoatUS,
TowBoatUS Rochester, NY, the on-the-water towing company that helps boaters and anglers get safely home when breakdowns occur, is under new ownership. Capt. Jake Van Reenen is now at the helm. Local boaters may recognize the name: Van Reenen's family owns the Rochester-based Van Reenen Tool & Die, where Jake still works on a part-time basis.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - One extreme or the other
Audi MedCup Circuit,
Audi MedCup Circuit, the Caja Mediterreneo Region of Murcia Trophy Regatta starts Tuesday. In 2008 when Jose Cusi's Bribón (ESP) won, it was predominantly a light winds regatta. Last year it was Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL) who won in big winds, triumphing at their fourth regatta in a row to clinch their overall 2009 Audi MedCup Circuit title.... [more]
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Unveiling of l'Hydroptère.ch
Presse Hydroptère,
l'Hydroptère.ch follows the same principle. As a trial lab, she will help conceiving l'Hydroptère maxi whose purpose is to beat the most famous oceanic records and to follow Jules Verne's vision: Flying around the planet. Three boats to attempt all major records: Pure speed, Atlantic crossing, Pacific crossing and circumnavigation.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour – Stage six starts next week in St. Moritz
MaxComm Communications,
ISAF World Match Race Tour's sixth stage begins in St. Moritz next week and will see the world's best Match Racers arrive to compete. It will be the eighth edition of St. Moritz Match Race.... [more]
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Hayling Island SC counting down to Laser World Championships
Lindsey Bell,
Laser World Championships beings in one week, hosts Hayling Island Sailing Club are primed and ready to play their role in delivering one of the biggest and most prestigious Olympic class World Championships each year.... [more]
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