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ENGLAND, Weymouth, 9th June 2011. Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta. - Skandia Sail for Gold - Day 4 2011  Ian Roman


While the wind gods relented for the fourth day of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, which is currently taking place in Weymouth, England, the competition punched up several notches as the event moves towards its end game. Bigger classes have now been split into Gold and Silver fleets, in preparation for Saturday's medal races. For members of the US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG), this event is a crucial step in determining Olympic berths for the 2012 Games, which will also be held in Weymouth. 'Our goal is to become the fittest team on the planet and it looks like it's working,' said Kenneth Andreasen, USSTAG High Performance Director. 'We have gone through the qualification for gold fleets and now it's time for the athletes to do what they need to do. You can't win a regatta at the beginning, but you can lose it.'

The pressure was equally high for non-USSTAG sailors. 'It was a mixed day, we had three races in tough conditions out there and to cap it all off you then have a very long sail back to the harbor, so I'm looking forward to getting some rest,' said Finn legend Ben Ainslie. 'It's hard out there. It has been a very difficult course because it's quite tidal. We've got two more races tomorrow and then the medal race so things are certainly starting to get into the money end of the regatta.' Check out this issue for full reports, images and other media.

Oracle Racing will continue two-boat testing and in-house racing in San Francisco ahead of the first ACWS event in Cascais  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com


If you live near the Bay Area, try and clear some time off your calendar next week as America's Cup Race Management will have two of Oracle's AC45s flying around next week, starting on Monday and going through Friday. 'We learned a great deal about the AC45s when we were in Auckland,' said Principal Race Officer John Craig. 'This month, our focus will be on the systems and technology that our race management team will use to provide the best possible race experience, for the competitors and spectators alike.' More inside.

Also in this issue, be sure to read about the ongoing Etchells Worlds, Emirates Team New Zealand's recent experience in the Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race, and, if solo offshore racing is your thing, be sure to read about Dee Caffari's new gig.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day 4 Video
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 Day 4 Video highlights... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup 2011 - Iehl comes out fighting
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 - Current World Match Racing Tour leader Damien Iehl kept his hopes of winning the Korea Match Cup title alive today defeating Peter Gilmour in one of only three races sailed. The victory moves Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team back up into the top half of the rankings and on to equal standings with Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing with four wins and three losses.... [more]
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34th America's Cup – Loick Peyron committed to Energy Team challenge
Pierre Giboire,
34th America's Cup challenger Energy Team are the seventh team entered into the competition to be staged in San Francisco in September 2013 So it is to be Loïck Peyron, who will be at the helm of the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V for the Jules Verne Trophy this winter. This decision in no way affects his commitment to the Energy Team challenge to conquer the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Olympic Gold medallist leads Musto Etchells Australasian Winters
Musto Etchells Australasian Winters media,
Australian 2000 Olympic Gold medallist Tom King and his crew of David Edwards, Owen McMahon and Ivan Wheen are leading a tight fought series after Day One of the 2011 Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championships off Mooloolaba today.... [more]
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Mark Foy Trophy day 3 - Winning leads
Christophe Favreau and Sail-World.com,
At the Mark Foy regatta in Denmark, the wind came in after two days without having any racing. John Winning and crew (AUS - Yandoo) lead the fleet, from early leader James Mears (GBR - Pica) with Alex Vallings third (NZL - CT Sailbattens)... [more]
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Etchells World Championship - Hardesty extends + Video
Etchells Worlds,
On Day 4 of the 2011 Etchells World Championship regatta in San Diego, CA, one race was scheduled. Eager to gain the early edge, and appearing to see a perceived advantage in the center/left of the line, boats piled over the start line early near the center R/C start boat Corinthian for the first General Recall.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing on San Francisco Bay - First Images!
Erik Simonson,
Oracle Racing has been out sailing for the first time on San Francisco Bay, today. The two AC45's feature new graphics from those seen at their launch in Auckland, ahead of next week's media functions and announcement/outing of the teams who have been accepted/remain as Challengers in the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 day four for Team Tunnicliffe
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011's day four conditions were nearly perfect as racing got underway at 9:30 this morning for the repecharge group.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's boat race and a half to Fiji
Hamish Hooper,
Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ had a real work-out on the final day of the Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race. The entry in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race led the event for the first four days, and surprisingly managed to head off the ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing, which was expected to make a fast time of just two days or less to sail the 1,140nm course, and smash the race record.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 day four for the Finns
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011's Finn fleet caught up with its programme on day four with three cracking races in excellent conditions in Weymouth Bay.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for for Gold day four + Video
Jo Grindley,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 has seen a relative calm come over Weymouth Bay on day four which is a relief after the battering of the previous day.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold heads into the endgame - Day 4 Report
Nicky Moore,
A relative calm descended on Weymouth Bay this morning, after the battering from the day before. But there was no less tension or aggression in the racing in Day 4 of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, as the fleets moved into the endgame. Skandia Sail for Gold is also the penultimate round of the ISAF World Sailing Cup... [more]
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Sail for Gold 2011 day four for Team AlphaGraphics
Dana Paxton,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011's day four was the traditional 'moving day' for Team AlphaGraphics and there is a general idea among competitors that you will either move up in the overall standings and increase your chances for the top-10 group who advances or you don't.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - Dee Caffari is new Race Ambassador
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) welcomes round the world yachtswoman, Dee Caffari MBE, as Race Ambassador.... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2011 day three 35+ knots
Jill Campbell,
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2011 has now experienced wind gusts well above 35 knots. The high winds have kept the fleet of superyachts from competing in the port for the duration of today's second scheduled race day.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day 3 Video highlights
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 video highlights from day 3, including interviews, in Weymouth and Portland... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup 2011 - Williams beats Gilmour in exciting duel
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 A controversial umpiring decision saw Ian Williams snatch victory from Peter Gilmour in the most exciting duel of Qualifying Session Two at the Korea Match Cup... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing to continue AC45 racing in San Francisco
Sail-World,
America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) will conduct testing sessions on San Francisco Bay beginning on Monday June 13th, ahead of the first America's Cup World Series event in Cascais in August. Oracle Racing will participate in the sessions with two AC45 wing-sailed catamarans - the same boats the Cup teams will be racing over the next two years in the AC World Series.... [more]
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US Multihull Championships 2011 preview
Jake Fish,
U.S. Youth Multihull Championship for the Arthur J. Stevens Trophy is being held on 10th to 12th June, followed by U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Trophy on 15th to 18th June. Both events will be hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, Calif.... [more]
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Finn World Masters 2011 entry number breaks record
Robert Deaves,
The Finn World Masters seems to get more popular every year, not least by Finn sailors getting older and reaching the qualifying age. The defending champion is Michael Maier (CZE), who also won the event in 2006.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper has Fiji Race win stolen at the finish
Richard Gladwell,
Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ has narrowly lost the Auckland - Fiji race to the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing, off Musket Cover just before 7.30pm, Thursday evening. TVS passed Camper between the 1730 and 1800hr reporting schedules with race organisers, the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.... [more]
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2011 Senior & Masters Naples Sabot Nationals - Perfect conditions
Nancy Mellon,
The turning basin in Newport Harbor in Southern California was filled with thirty-seven Naples Sabot sails on June 4 and 5 as Balboa Yacht Club hosted the annual Senior Sabot Nationals for the International Naples Sabot Association (I.N.S.A.). The conditions were perfect with good wind, sunshine and favorable tide. Race management by Don Becker was praised by many as the best.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Mark Foy Trophy lead to Pica (GBR) + Video
Sail-World.com,
The Mark Foy Trophy for 18ft skiffs, is being hosted by the Sonderborg Yacht Club and has commenced on the bay of Sonderborg, Denmark. Racing concludes 11th of June 2011.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship day three - Clarity at the top + Video
Etchells Worlds,
In Race 6 of the Etchells World Championship a few boats were OCS but in general a clean start was had. Each mark rounding had a different set of leaders.... [more]
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New life jacket world record by Read, Set, Inflate!
Rachel Johnson,
New Life Jacket World Record has been set by the second annual Ready, Set, Inflate!... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011's windy day three for Team Maclaren
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 had quite a windy day three by the time gold fleet was able to get to racing. Anna Tunnicliffe of Team Maclaren shares a recap of the day's events... [more]
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RHKYC to host Etchells Worlds 2015
RHKYC Media,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) in conjunction with the Hong Kong Etchells Association will host the Etchells World Championships in November 2015. Hong Kong was selected at the International Governing Committee (IGC) Meeting held on Saturday, 4 June in San Diego where over 80 yachts from 11 countries are currently competing in the 2011 Etchells Worlds.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold day three Finns - Ainslie clears away
Robert Deaves,
On day three for the Finn class at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta Ben Ainslie (GBR) has given him a useful nine point lead over Giles Scott (GBR). In the first race of the day World champion Ed Wright (GBR) started to produce the form he is famous for, leading round the top mark as the wind continued to increase. But regatta leader Ben Ainslie (GBR) wasn't far behind and the chase was on.... [more]
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Transpac 2011: Enduring the commute
Kimball Livingston,
When it comes to classic distance races, each of them has a regional base and regardless of how many boats from around the globe venture out for Sydney-Hobart, it's the Australians who make a religion of that race.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 day three for Team AlphaGraphics
Dana Paxton,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 has resulted in a ripping day three for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. With wind speeds in the upper 20s and a building sea.... [more]
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RS100s global growth
Martin Wadhams,
The RS100 class remains at an increasing pace in its presence worldwide for 2011. Now the class has over sixty brand new boats dispatched already in 2011 to 15 different countries.... [more]
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Global growth for RS100s
Martin Wadhams,
The RS100 class remains at an increasing pace in its presence worldwide for 2011. Now the class has over sixty brand new boats dispatched already in 2011 to 15 different countries.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold: Fresh to frightening on Day 3
Nicky Moore,
The forecasters didn't get the third day of Skandia Sail for Gold wrong, as Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour were battered by unseasonably strong winds. The Skud and 2.4m didn't make it off the dock, but the other 11 Olympic and Paralympic classes did, and took on conditions that were definitely 'top end'.... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport 2011 comes to a close
Chip Thayer,
Annapolis to Newport 2011 has concluded with all boats having finished or retired.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 video highlights from Day 2
Nicky Moore,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 video highlights, including interviews, from Day 2 in Weymouth and Portland.... [more]
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Sail for Gold day two for Team AlphaGraphics
Dana Paxton,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 had an abundance of strong, plentiful winds for its second day. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics has put in time at their training base in Weymouth and that extra time has paid off for American athletes who hold top-10 positions in nine classes and top the women's match racing round robins.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper expected to be run down by trimaran
Richard Gladwell,
Simon Hull's ORMA60, TeamVodafoneSailing has wound up to warp speed for the final day of the Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji race. Her task is to try and run down the Volvo Ocean Race entry, Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ.... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup 2011 skipper Peter Gilmour in top form
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 skipper Peter Gilmour emerged as one of the on-form skippers in a feisty first day of racing. Gilmour (AUS) Yanmar Racing finished the first Qualifying Session with four wins from five races including important victories over fellow countryman Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat and Phil Robertson (NZL) Waka Racing... [more]
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Etchells World Championship day 2 + Video
Etchells Worlds,
Brun and Hardesty did battle on day two of the Etchells World Championship in San Diego. With two first place finishes on his score card, Bill Hardesty looked to have an easy second day.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 rough day two for CampbellSailing
CampbellSailing.com,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day two update from CampbellSailing.com. We had two tough races here today in Weymouth. The breeze built from an initial 12-15 knots to well into the high teens and near 20 knots. Leandro's picture (above) of us downwind today shows just how windy it was... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 day two for Team Maclaren
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 has seen a windy second day of sailing in Weymouth. Anna Tunnicliffe of Team Maclaren updates on the team's progress.... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport Race 2011 a challenging journey
Chip Thayer,
Annapolis to Newport Race 2011 is one of the most historic and well-known of the U.S. East Coast blue-water races.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012: Monster of the Sea has been unleashed
Lisa Ramsperger,
Mar Mostro, the 'Monster of the Sea,' from Puma has been unleashed into the waters of Newport, Rhode Island. 'Mar Mostro is in the water and we're eager to let her loose,' said Ken Read. As I have said before, these races are won or lost before the start. Our entire design and build team has done their job amazingly well, now it's up to the sailors to keep the momentum going.'... [more]
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Barbados Announces Title Sponsorship of NA Beneteau Championship
Dagmara Grabowsk,
Barbados is the official title sponsor of the 2011 Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championship in Toronto, Ontario. This year's race, from September 8 to 11, marks the 10th anniversary of this North American Class Regatta event and is the first time it will be held in Canadian waters.... [more]
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