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Sneak Peek at Weymouth 2012

If OD sailing is your game, the next two weeks promise to be interesting. The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, which is being held from July 31 to August 13, will provide great Olympic-class racing action, but it will also serve as the official test of the sailing facilities that will be used during the 2012 Olympic Games (the sailing events will be held in Weymouth, England in the same facility as the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta). The concept is simple: this summer's regatta will serve as a dry-run for the 2012 Games, giving organizers the ability to test and evaluate all operations aspects of the next Olympics, with special attention paid to all technical aspects of holding an Olympic Sailing competition.
Site of the racing action: The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy   © Dorset Police 2011


'The Olympic Test Event offers a great opportunity for sailors, coaches and support staff from nations around the world to experience the sailing conditions and gain an understanding of the venue,' said Alastair Fox, ISAF's Events Manager. 'Volunteers from the UK and around the world will all have a chance to train and learn together during the Olympic Test Event and ensure that everything is in place for the sailing events of the London 2012 Olympic Games.' Check out our coverage inside, and stand by for more news from this event, as it becomes known.

Also OD related, the Lightning Worlds are currently unfolding in Buzios, Brazil, and the American team of David Starck, Jody Starck and Ian Jones are making their countrymen proud by sailing a very fast regatta. After four days of racing the triumvirate is currently sitting in second place overall. Best of luck to Team Stark moving forward, and stay tuned for more from this event

French contender Aleph tunes up prior to the first event of the America's Cup World Series  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

Cup fans, the long wait is almost over. Racing in the America's Cup World Series Stop 1 (Cascais, Portugal from August 6 to August 14) begins soon. Spectators will get their first glimpse of the hard wingsail-powered AC45 fleet racing in anger. For the teams involved, this event underscores the serious preparation and effort required to race these floating rocketships. Be sure to check out the interview with Loick Peyron, of the French ENERGY TEAM syndicate, in this issue, to get his thoughts on the new class, the realities of sailing these powerful boats and on his still-forming crew.

Also Cup related, check out Grant Dalton's—boss of Emirates Team New Zealand—thoughts on the upcoming event, where eight AC45s will be lining up. 'Everyone will be learning at Cascais,' said Dalton. 'It will set the course for two more regattas this year and possibly eight next year.'

And finally, be sure to check out Giles Martin-Roget's great image gallery of ENERY TEAM and Aleph (another French Cup contender) practicing ahead of the Cascais event. Enjoy!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Laser 4.7 Worlds Day 1: A sunny cold windy welcome from San Francisco
Rob Burn,
Rob Burn reports from the first day's racing in the Laser 4.7 Worlds in San Francisco: There are parts that look just like Wellington...honest... So windy, so warm, so cold, I can't remember when I have been fried to a crisp while freezing......Mark Twain was right when he famously said 'the coldest Winter I ever had was Summer in San Francisco'.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championships preparations underway
Tim O'Connor,
ISAF Team Racing World Championships organising committee have confirmed tremendous interest in the event. The prestigious sailing event will be held in the West Cork village for the first time and a warm welcome is assured for the competing teams, supporters and general public.... [more]
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Jugband 52723 - The race of a lifetime
Sean Palizza,
The 103rd Race to Mackinac will forever stand in my memory as one of the greatest times I have ever had on the water. Being implanted and in many ways adopted by the rag-tag crew of Jugband, I was able to witness the drive, dedication and constant second-guessing that goes into off-shore racing. And was lucky enough to also witness the sheer bliss and moments of ineffable gratitude that accompany... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships - And they're off
Paige Brooks,
The first day of the 4.7 Worlds comes to a close here at the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay. In the girls' second race the wind picked up, and the starts got hairy. After the Race Committee posted a black flag start, 18 boats were called OCS. The boys, who finished racing just after 4pm, found again that the current, this time ebbing.... [more]
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PWA Grand Slam Sotavento Fuerteventura day 6 highs and lows
Ed Sinclair,
The opening round of slalom was filled with highs and lows. Disaster struck for Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) and Josh Angulo (Angulo / Gun / Dakine) in their opening races. By the semi-finals the sailors were really fired up and willing to work hard for their place in the winner's final.... [more]
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Finn Silver Cup - Arkadiy maintains lead after tricky race
Robert Deaves,
Finn Silver Cup 2011: Determined to get at least one more race on the score card on the third day at the Finn Silver Cup in Moscow, the fleet did not come ashore until 21.00 after a long day on the water. Artur Kotlyatov (RUS) won the only race completed, but race one winner Kistanov Arkadiy (RUS) maintains the overall lead.... [more]
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Contender Worlds 2011 a success
Duncan Ellis,
The 2011 Contender Worlds, over the week of the 18th to 22nd July, attracted a near record entry of 144 sailors from 12 countries to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.... [more]
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Over 50 participants in the US Junior Sailing Championships - Area E
Katie Nicoll,
Over fifty participants in the US Junior Sailing Championships - Area E held at Youngstown Yacht Club just outside the mouth of the Niagara River with Radials, 420s, and J/22s. Winds topped over 20 knots on Saturday with huge waves, which made the 5 races a test of endurance on the young sailors. Sunday brought very light winds and the left over swell from the day before.... [more]
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McConaghy - Fastest and fastest All4One TP52
McConaghy Boats,
McConaghy built the Audi sailing team powered by All4One TP52 in 62 days (under nine weeks) - the fastest build in the class history. Now the same TP52 is the fastest boat on the water, beating the the fiercely competitive TP52 Audi Med Cup fleet in the Region of Sardinia Trophy and winning the event by a commanding nine points.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica qualifier halfway mark
Team Telefonica,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, Spanish boat 'Telefónica' has now completed over half of the 2,000 mile qualifier after setting off from Marina Rubicón on Monday. The Spanish boat, skippered by Olympic champion Iker Martínez and with the VOR 2011-12 crew in its entirety on board, is now sailing at average speeds of 15 knots, some 160 miles to the South of the Island of Sao Miguel.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championships day 3 fights shifty weather
Mary Reddyhoff,
On day three of the International OK Dinghy World Championships in Largs, raced four had to be abandoned after the fleet was plagued with light winds that kept dying before a race could be completed. Principal Race Officer, Chris Hadden, was forced to fly the N flag on the final attempt.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta – The Olympic Test Event
International Sailing Federation,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta is part of the London Prepares Series and allows the London 2012 Organizing Committee to test its operations at the WPNSA one year ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition. All of the Olympic sailing events will be contested with nations following games time rules where only one athlete per event is allowed.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships preview
Paige Brooks,
Laser 4.7 Worlds - While it is tough to make an accurate prediction as to who will emerge as the top ten racers in the Laser 4.7 Worlds Laser Masters Sailor Tracy Usher believes the recent European Championships will be a good indicator. Several of the top-placed finishers in the European Laser 4.7 Championships flew across the pond last week to prepare for the Worlds here in San Francisco.... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships day 6 ups and downs
International 470 Class Association,
On day 6 of the Delta Lloyd Junior 470 World Championships in Holland there was not much sign of the wind returning, as the competitors endured another day of impossibly light and patchy breezes which meant almost everyone suffered at least one bad race out of the three completed.... [more]
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Top Olympians and World Champions in Extreme Sailing Series Cowes
Extreme Sailing,
The Extreme Sailing Series is once again in coming to Cowes. Despite the unnecessary clash of dates with the first America's Cup World Series event in Cascais, all 11 series teams will be present including Emirates Team NZ and Artemis Racing, with a top class line up of sailors from 15 nations with participation in 30 Olympic Games and 82 World Championships between them.... [more]
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Energy Team: 10 days to start of America's Cup World Series
Energy Team,
The French challenger for the 34th America's Cup, ENERGY TEAM has its base set up just ten miles from Cascais, near the Belem Tower at the entrance to the Tage, close to the Vasco da Gama Bridge. The team led by Loïck and Bruno Peyron has been in possession of their AC45 since 20th July and have been out training each day preparing for the first leg of the AC World Series... [more]
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International Lightning Class Association World Championship day 4
Laura Jeffers,
On day four of the International Lightning Class Association World Championship, only one race was completed. This put the regatta back on schedule due to the high winds and seas that delayed racing on Monday afternoon. Strong winds of 20+ kts and seas initially postponed racing this morning but then subsided by mid morning.... [more]
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Rozalia Project Trash Tour
James Lyne,
Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean wraps up action/education phase of Trash Tour 2011 of the New England coast. The first phase of Rozalia Project's Trash Tour 2011 onboard the sailing research vessel American Promise, was focused on marine debris removal and education.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ look forward to World Series opener
Warren Douglas and Sail-World,
The America's Cup takes a step into the future in Portugal next month as teams race in the first AC45 World Series multihull regatta. EmiratesTeam New Zealand managing director Grant Dalton says the event will be unlike any America's Cup regatta in the past. 'Eight 45ft wingsail multihulls will be at the start line, courses will be unlike the standard upwind, downwind configurations... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings 27th July
International Sailing Federation,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 27 July 2011 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 5 October and will include the RS:X European Championship in Bulgaria and the Star Europeans in Ireland.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Seven extreme days at Cowes
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 will take place at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week with 48 of the world's very best sailors. Twelve teams and sailors from 15 nationalities will be on the startline in Cowes for the only UK stopover on the 2011 circuit. The Extreme Village will once again be at Egypt Point.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 20 - Working up in Cascais
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 26 July 2011 covering the arrival in Cascais... [more]
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America's Cup: More Images from Cascais - Aleph and Energy Team
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget presents a second galley of images as the AC45's of the two French teams Aleph and Energy Teamwarm up ahead of the first event in the America's Cup World Series in Cascais, Portugal... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing announce team for Cascais
Jennifer Hall,
With ten days until the start of the inaugural America's Cup World Series (ACWS) regatta in Cascais (Portugal), Artemis Racing is pleased to announce the team's crew for this event. The Artemis Racing shore team has arrived in Cascais to begin building the base and preparing the AC45 catamaran, which left Valencia by truck on 22 July... [more]
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470 Junior World Championships day 5
Rick van Wijngaarden,
The 470 Junior World Championships experienced the Swedes bullet to the top on a race day that was frustratingly filled with light winds and rain. This was breakthrough day for the Swedes, who again demonstrated their prowess in the light airs despite being one of the heaviest and tallest of the 92 teams competing in Medemblik.... [more]
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