Olympic sailing destined for a serious shake-up

 



 
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Today marks the first time that the prestigious George R. Hinman Trophy will be contested on my now-hometown waters of Seattle, Washington. The U.S. Team Racing Championship, one of team racing's top honors, will be sailed on the south end of Lake Union, with up to 346 starting guns fired. The event, put on by the Seattle Yacht Club and the Center for Wooden Boats, is attracting top teams from around the world, as well as top-flight homegrown talent, including Seattle's own local qualifiers, the Seattle Sliders. While the competition is sure to be hot, the weather forecast could certainly look better. Stay tuned for more as it becomes known.

Brad Van Liew arrives in La Rochelle - Velux 5 Oceans  Velux 5 Oceans ©

Meanwhile, in La Rochelle, France, some of the world's best solo sailors are gathered for the Velux 5 Oceans Race, which begins on October 17. American sailing legend Brad Van Liew and Canadian Derek Hatfield are the North American representatives in this grueling series of offshore sprints. Interestingly, two would-be competitors, French skipper Charles Hedrich and British sailor Simon Chalk, are being denied entry in the race for failing to comply with the qualification rules.

In AC circles, the ACRM has requested that a 2.0 version of the official AC72 rule be drafted and that the publication of official documents be postponed until October 15 due to feedback from several prospective teams. Both the Defender and the Challenger of Record have agreed to an amendment to the Protocol to allow for this extension (isn't harmony nice for a change). Also, supporters of San Francisco's bid to host AC34 have pledged to raise $270 million in sponsorship, an amount that they are confident that they can raise from local corporations such as Visa Inc., Wells Fargo & Co., URS Corp., PG&E Corp. and Google Inc., as well as other non-Bay Area firms.

And finally, Jim Richardson's Barking Mad Farr 40 team is currently sitting on top of the stack after Day one of the Farr 40 European Championships. Interestingly, Alex Roepers' Plenty, another American-flagged boat, is in second place; the rest of the ten-boat fleet is comprised of European entries. Best of luck to Richardson and Roeper, and stay tuned for more on this event as well.

Fair winds and following seas,





David Schmidt



Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November
Richad Gladwell,
The Olympic shakeup by the International Sailing Federation looks set to continue at its Annual Conference in just over a month's time in Athens. Proposals from the Olympic Commission centre around the process by which Olympic Events are selected and recommend the extension of the change period from four years to six.... [more]
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US Sailing announces selection procedures for the U.S. Paralympic Team
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has finalized the selection procedures for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team – Sailing in the three events selected for the 2012 Paralympic Regatta, set for August 29-September 9, 2012 in Weymouth/Portland, England. Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify based on their combined performance at two international events.... [more]
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America's Cup: Bid for San Francisco needs $270M in sponsorships
Eric Young, San Jose Business Journal,
Supporters of San Francisco's bid to host the next America's Cup pledged to raise $270 million in sponsorship to cover the costs of the regatta if the event is held on the bay. Under a term sheet submitted to the city's Board of Supervisors this week, bid backers said they expect to raise that amount after holding conversations with Bay Area-based corporations... [more]
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Etchells U.S. National Championship 2010
New York Yacht Club,
Etchells U.S. National Championship 2010 - Thirty-plus boats from across the country and Canada are expected to compete at Harbour Court, October 1-3, 2010. The National Championship is the final stop of the four-regatta 2010 Etchells Atlantic Championship Series. The Series began in June with the Long Island Sound Championship followed by the Atlantic Coast Championship and the Rhode Island Cup.... [more]
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Taking to the air, with Tom Slingsby
John Curnow,
ISAF Sailor of the Year Nominee, Tom Slingsby, certainly has had a flying career path, to date. No patch has probably had more airtime, in every sense of the term, than his recent escapades. He won the Etchells World Championship in Ireland, backed that up with his third win at the Laser Worlds in England and now this weekend, he will literally depart the water and take to the air.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Live and breathe the thrilling action
WMRT Media,
World Match Racing Tour, Argo Group Gold Cup: The one-on-one battles, heated rivalries and twists of fate which embody the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) will be played out on the waters of Hamilton Harbour, Bermuda next week at the Argo Group Gold Cup where the introduction of a mobile website and live blog with audio feed promise to bring the action closer to fans than ever before.... [more]
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South Florida Racing Season Kick Off – Nassau Cup Ocean Race
Paige Brooks,
The 77th Anniversary Nassau Cup Race, from Miami to Nassau, opens the South Florida ocean racing season this year on November 11th. Last Day for the Early Entry Fee Today - Enter today (October 1st, 2010) to save $100 on the Nassau Cup Ocean Race entry fee. The final entry deadline is November 5th, 2010.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Minoprio ups the pressure on Richard
WMRT,
Reigning ISAF Match Racing World Champion Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing has stepped up the pressure on series leader Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team. Richard will have cause for concern with Minoprio's young Kiwi team having launched a devastating end of season run last year.... [more]
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Bahamas Optimist National Open Championship 2010 at Montagu Bay
Helen Hudson,
Fifty junior sailors from Long Island, Governor's Harbour, Harbour Island, Abaco and Freeport and 30 from Nassau will compete this weekend, October 2nd and third, in Montagu Bay for the Bahamas Optimist National Open Championship 2010.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Championship - USA on top
Jill Campbell,
Farr 40 European Championship 2010 - Day one saw the ten competing yachts complete two windward-leeward races in light and tricky conditions. Barking Mad with Hamish Pepper on tactics leads the provisional overall classification with a further three race days ahead and as many as eight more races to be run. Behind Richardson is Plenty on equal points with Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone in third.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt Germany - Tantalisingly close
PWA/Paul Griffith,
The PWA's elite race force were tantalisingly close to starting race 2 today, but a gusty offshore breeze proved too inconsistent leaving the sailors to endure another frustrating day on standby.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Back to the roots
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - On a fall day in 1981, skipper Jean Laurain had stopped in St Tropez after extended cruising in the Mediterranean. There, Laurain met an American, Dick Jayson who was cruising on his Swan 44. After talking about the merits of their boats, soon a race, and a bet, was on. The stakes were simple: the loser would buy dinner for the winner at the legendary Club 55.... [more]
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34th America's Cup - Publication of the AC72 rule
Iain Murray,
34th America's Cup - Following feedback from several prospective Challengers, ACRM has asked the rule drafting group to issue a second draft of the AC72 Rule and delay the publication of the definitive version until the 15th October 2010.... [more]
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High stakes Route du Rhum for New Zealand's Conrad Colman
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - In 2009, Conrad Colman's first taste of solo offshore sailing was a Mini 6.50 campaign, but the 26 year-old Kiwi soon identified GOR as an opportunity to fulfill his dream of racing around the world. Colman officially entered the GOR last autumn and will be competing in the 2010 Route du Rhum La Banque Postale at the end of October on his chartered Class40, 40 Degrees.... [more]
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New Volvo Ocean Race measurers given a head-start on the race
Riath Al-Samarrai, Volvo OR,
Shaun Ritson knows what to expect. He's been around the yard too many times not to. 'I reckon I'll be on a collision course with all of them at some stage,' he says. 'Can't avoid that.' He's given up on predicting the outcomes to yacht races, having worked two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race and a further two America's Cups. Each time, he has seen good teams fail and weaker teams excel and he... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans Fleet gather in La Rochelle ahead of Race Start
Velux 5 Oceans,
Chris Stanmore-Major is fourth ocean racer to arrive! The Bassin des Chalutiers in La Rochelle is filling up as the Velux 5 Oceans skippers congregate ahead of race start. Yesterday evening British ocean racer Chris Stanmore-Major sailed out of the Bay of Biscay into the historic French port, the fourth competitor to arrive.... [more]
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SB3 World Championships 2011 in Torquay, UK - Entries Open
Katie Ashworth,
The SB3 Class Association is pleased to announce the publication of the Notice of Race for the 2011 Laser SB3 World Championships, to be hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club in Torquay, UK. Entrants will enjoy 14 championship races from Monday 16th May to Friday 20th May 2011 in Torbay under the jurisdiction of Principal Race Officer, Robert Llewellyn.... [more]
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World shrinks for online marine suppliers: Sydney Rigging
Bruce Clark,
The world is becoming smaller and smaller for online marine stores, and Sydney Rigging is finding a bonanza in selling to sailors round the world. Now, with competitive prices and mailing getting cheaper by the minute, it's who can offer the best fastest service at the best price. Sydney Rigging is so encouraged, they've added new lines to their already wide online range... [more]
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Bermuda's RenRe Junior Gold Cup - US twins pre-race top rankers
Bermuda's RenRe Junior Gold Cup,
Bermuda's RenRe Junior Gold Cup - US twins pre-race top rankers - With four days of racing in this international invitational Opti regatta, three days are scheduled for Bermuda's Great Sound October 7th through October 9th. The regatta finishes on October 10th in Hamilton Harbour during an intermission in the finals of the Argo Group Gold Cup.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Hedrich and Chalk will not compete
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Two sailors will no longer be racing in the Velux 5 Oceans. French skipper Charles Hedrich and British ocean racer Simon Chalk have not fulfilled their obligations to the Velux 5 Oceans race management and as a result will not make the start line of the 30,000-mile singlehanded round the world race.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Worth the wait
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Another day in Saint-Tropez that required patience from competitors and the race committee alike. In the Golfe de Saint-Tropez, there was not a breath of wind to start, then at 1pm someone hit the wind switch and an easterly breeze filled in.... [more]
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WSSR Ratification of two new World Records
John Reed,
WSSR Council announces the ratification of two new World Records, both established during the recent Round Britain and Ireland Race, organized by the RORC.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany - Flipping the vibe on day 5
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany and despite the lack of competition late in the afternoon head judge, Duncan Coombs organised a light wind freestyle exhibition allowing the sailors to wow the crowds with a technical display of tow-in-styling.... [more]
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U.S. Team Racing Championship - The best of the best arrive in Seattle
Jake Fish,
U.S. Team Racing Championship will be raced in the Pacific Northwest for the first time event history. Sixteen teams representing three countries will sail Vanguard 15s with a three boat, six sailors per team format. A collection of the best team racers in the world will vie for the prestigious George R. Hinman Trophy for three days of racing beginning this Friday, October 1.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Championship 2010 set to start
Jill Campbell,
Farr 40 European Championship - Preparations are well underway in Porto Rotondo for the 11th edition. Racing in the event begins tomorrow and will continue through Sunday October 3rd. The ten participating crews are currently completing registration, sail measurement and weight controls as well as fitting in some practice on the regatta course prior to the start of competition.... [more]
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Six International Racers to Compete in Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans,
Two sailors will no longer be racing in the VELUX 5 OCEANS. French skipper Charles Hedrich and British ocean racer Simon Chalk have not fulfilled their obligations to the VELUX 5 OCEANS race management and as a result will not make the start line of the 30,000-mile singlehanded round the world race. Both sailors did not respect some rules laid down regarding the process of qualifying for the race.... [more]
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Third Ocean Racer Arrives at the Home of the Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans,
Polish ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski this morning arrived in La Rochelle ahead of the start of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. As the sun rose over the historic French port early this morning Gutkowski, known as ‘Gutek', sailed in after completing a qualification passage. Gutek was greeted on the dock in the Bassin des Chalutiers by the VELUX 5 OCEANS race management team and fellow racer Derek Hatfield.... [more]
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Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open October 9 - 10
Carina McCabe,
Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open October 9 - 10 - Approximately 120 boats are expected to compete this year, up from 100 in 2009. The two-day regatta regularly attracts outstanding sailors from all over North America and Europe.... [more]
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Long Beach to Cabo entry deadline is Friday
Long Beach Yacht Club,
Long Beach to Cabo entry deadline is Friday - If there's an offshore race leaving from anywhere near this West Coast port, the big blue sloop is a good bet to be there. For everybody else, online entry is still available. There are currently two start dates of Nov. 5 and 6 if the entry list is split to accommodate rating differences; the final date(s) will be determined Oct. 16.... [more]
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J/80 Worlds 2010 - The most competitive event to date
Stuart Johnstone,
(Newport, RI- Sept 25th)- The 2010 J/80 World Championship, hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club and Sail Newport, promises to be one of the most competitive J/80 events to date. Sixty-three boats from nine countries are currently registered including boats from Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and USA. Seven past World Champions are participating.... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - A gentle breeze for the Classics
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - Though generous earlier in the day for the Modern class with about 6-8 knots, the wind was not cooperative by midday for the first start – and the first race of the week – for the Tradition class yachts, dropping to 2-3 knots on the Golfe de St Tropez.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany 2010 - Day 4
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt 2010 - Windsurfing's longstanding legend, Bjorn Dunkerbeck dominated the racecourse in the light winds off Westerland today to start the week ahead of his archrival, Antoine Albeau!... [more]
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TP52 World Championships - Matador carry the winning momentum
TP52 World Championship,
TP52 World Championship has a very different flavour, a unique atmosphere. That is not to say that any team drops their guard or relaxes any more when they are on the Worlds race course.... [more]
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BoatUS urges Boaters to speak up on Ethanol - EPA decision imminent
BoatUS,
In a matter of days, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce its decision on whether to approve the addition of up to 50% more ethanol in the nation's gasoline supply, from the current 10% (E10) concentration to a potential 15% (E15).... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards - The Nominees
Regatta News and Sail-World,
ISAF received nominations for the 2010 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. In deciding the nominees, the achievements of sailors made during the qualifying period of 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 are taken into consideration.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Championship battle hots up
WMRT Media,
World Match Racing Tour update: The world's leading sailors will be fighting for precious points at The Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda, with next week's match race representing the last chance saloon for skippers to move up the leader-board ahead of the the ISAF World Match Racing Tour's season ending finale - The Monsoon Cup in December.... [more]
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Melges 32 Worlds - Top Ten in photos by Chuck Lantz
Chuck Lantz,
Top ten finishers at the Melges 32 Worlds. Photos by Chuck Lantz... [more]
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US Sailing names Jack Gierhart executive director
Jake Fish,
US Sailing, the National Governing Body o f the sport, has named Jack Gierhart its acting executive director. Gierhart has served as the associate executive director of US Sailing since November of 2009. He was the organization's marketing director from 2002 to 2005. He succeeds Charlie Leighton who plans to retire in October from the position he held since 2005.... [more]
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PWA Colgate World Cup Sylt, Germany 2010 - Gollito gets tricky
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Colgate World Cup Sylt 2010 - Three times world champion, Jose ‘Gollito' Estredo shows Sylt's spectators why he's already the world's number one freestyler this year as the PWA's finest continue to ‘get tricky' off Brandenburger Strand!... [more]
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Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez kicks off
Anna Maria Gregorini,
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez - The grande finale of the yachting season – certainly for the classic yachts that all summer-long prowl the Mediterranean in search of competition and camaraderie – began today. Close to 300 yachts filled the Vieux Port and nearby marinas for the weeklong ‘don't miss' stop on the yachting circuit.... [more]
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Magic Marine Betpro D-One Gold Cup getting ready to rock in Valencia
Michele Tognozzi,
Magic Marine BetPro D-One Gold Cup, the new high performance single-handed dinghy that also flies a gennaker, will take place from the first to the third of October in Valencia, Spain. About thirty helmsmen from 15 nations, are expected on the starting line, all of them enthusiastic fans of the new Class created by Luca Devoti and Roman Teply and built by Devoti Sailing.... [more]
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Official Game set to be another winner for the Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The extremely popular online game will be back for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Over 220,000 players participated in the game during the course of the 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race, with prizes being given on every leg. The overall race winner was Dutch player Powerof7, whose hard work won him a Volvo C30. Sign up for the beta edition.... [more]
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2010 F18 Canadian National Championships
Jill Nickerson,
The 2010 Canadian National Championships were held at the Etobicoke Yacht Club, located on the West side of Toronto, on beautiful Lake Ontario. From September 24th-27th, 24 boats from Canada, the US and even one from the Netherlands came to compete. The top of the fleet was hoping for a rematch after the no wind US Nationals, held in Racine, WI this past August.... [more]
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