Olympic Questions—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
Iain Murray crosses the finish line in the 2008 Olympics in the Star class Richard Gladwell
Just when you thought that Olympic sailing classes were somewhat decided for the near future, big changes are afoot. Sail-World.com New Zealand's Richard Gladwell presents two must-read pieces in this issue on the state of Olympic classes in the light of a recent ISAF Event's Committee meeting.
Gladwell reports, the Event's Committee has drawn up a list of ten events that should be raced in the 2016 Olympic Games, with some significant changes to the line-up. While this schedule of events still needs to be accepted or amended by the ISAF Council, it's looking as though both keelboat classes are out (the Star and the Elliot 6m [Women's Match Racing]) and a mixed-gender multi-hull is in, as well as Kiteboarding, as a demonstration sport. Strangely, the Finn has survived the chop, even though its overlap with the Laser is far, far greater than, say, that of a 470 and a keelboat. Already, the wisdom of this schedule of events is being hotly debated on all sides. We will keep you posted as decisions happen from the ISAF Council who may of course, turn the whole process upside down!!
On a more harmonious note, Key West Race Week announced a new title sponsor for the 2012 event, Quantum Sail Design Group, ending speculation that this mid-winter classic would die due to lack of funding. 'We recognize that Key West Race Week is the flagship regatta in this country and has been for well over two decades,' said Ed Reynolds, President of Quantum. 'We would like to see it continue and are committed to supporting the regatta during this transition period.'
20110505 Ainhoa Sanchez/VELUX 5 OCEANS
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VELUX 5 OCEANS skipper Zbigniew 'Gutek' Gutkowski
'arrives in 4th place into Charleston SC, USA, onboard his yacht Operon Racing.
Tenacious Polish solo sailor Zbigniew â¤~Gutekâ¤(TM) Gutkowski brought to an end a gruelling 38-day sprint from Punta del Este in Uruguay to Charleston, USA, today as he crossed the finish line of the fourth leg of the VELUX 5 OCEANS.
As the South Carolin Ainhoa Sanchez/Velux 5 Oceans
Meanwhile, in Charleston, South Carolina, Polish solo skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski has crossed the finishing line of the penultimate leg of the Velux 5 Oceans Race after a painfully slow 38-day passage from Punta del Este, Uruguay, a distance of roughly 5,700-nautical miles. Gutek dealt with a series of anguishing frustrations on this leg, ranging from broken ribs to broken boat bits, necessitating two shore stops. As a result, he reached Charleston nearly two weeks astern of Chris Stanmore-Major, his nearest rival on this leg. 'I am very glad to finally be in Charleston,' said Gutek. 'Sprint four was a very long leg full of problems.' As for his priorities given his shrinking time window before the start of the final leg, on May 14, Gutek showed that his fighting spirit is far from exhausted. 'Fixing the bowsprit is the number one job now because there will be a lot of downwind sailing in sprint five. I have a long list of things to do here but I will fight to the last drop of blood in the final sprint.'
And finally, if windsurfing is your thing, be sure to check out all of our coverage of the Professional Windsurfer's Association's Surf World Cup 2011, which just wrapped up on Austria's famed Lake Neusiedler.
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