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The (Pre-Olympic) Games Have Begun—Sailing News from U.S. and afar

Sally Barkow's Team 7 Match Race goes against Goncalves (POR) - Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011  Thom Touw ©

The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has officially kicked off in Weymouth, England, where Olympic class racing will take place through August 13. This event is important for many reasons, the most obvious being that it's taking place in the same racing area where the 2012 Olympic Games will be sailed. Plus, this regatta is also serving as the official test of the area and facilities prior to the first guns of the Olympics. Women's Match Racing had the honor of being the first event of the regatta to sail. Seven flights consisting of 21 highly competitive races were sailed in light winds and flat seas. 'It was quite hard to sail out there,' reported Silke Hahlbrock of her race against American Sally Barkow. 'The wind was dropping. The competition standard was very high and if you make a little mistake you lose.' Hahlbrock ended her day up against Barkow, while Spain's Tamara Echegoyen managed to end her day with a perfect record. More inside.

For Cup fans, these are interesting times. The first act of the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) begins in Cascais, Portugal, on August 6, so look for plenty of exciting media in this issue. Be sure to check out the video interview with top-flight American sailor Carrie Howe, of Green Comm Racing, to get her thoughts on her first day of sailing an AC45, and about her fledgling team's nascent steps. Also, Terry Hutchinson, skipper of Artemis racing, offers his thoughts on the upcoming ACWS event, as well as Artemis' level of preparation.

Laser 4.7 Worlds San Francisco, August 2011  Chuck Lantz

Offshore sailors take note—the eighth edition of the Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race began on July 31 in Southampton, England. OD sailors—the Laser 4.7 Worlds are being hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, with racing taking place on San Francisco Bay. And catamaran fans—check out the report from TeamVodafoneSailing's line-honors run in the two-boat multihull challenge to Southport.

Emirates Team NZ and Energy - Training Day, Cascais, Portugal 2 August 2011  Gilles Martin-Raget/www.americascup.com

And finally, be sure to check out Giles Martin-Raget's great image gallery of three AC45s—Emirates Team New Zealand, Energy Team and Team Korea—tuning up prior to the opening guns in Cascais. More on the ACWS' opening volley, as it becomes known.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2011 – Nominations invited
International Sailing Federation,
Nominations are now invited for the 2011 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing. Since the first Awards presentation in 1994, the nominees and winners have always included the highest achievers from all disciplines of the sport.... [more]
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29er European Championships overall
Robert Allan,
29er European Championships held in Brissago, Switzerland attracted 157 boats from 17 countries including Brazil, USA and Australia. 19 boats with three RYA coaches represented GBR. Saturday saw glorious sunshine with very light winds. However on Sunday the weather changed for the worse with torrential rain causing a lack of thermal winds hence no practice race was possible... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Oman Sail returns to Cowes Week
Nicky Moore,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - In less than a weeks time, Oman Sail will be returning to Cowes Week, with their two Extreme 40's Oman Air and The Wave, Muscat competing in the Extreme Sailing Series, an Authentic Omani experience to enjoy at the Extreme Public Race Village, the Oman Air Parade and the chance to win a luxury holiday to Oman, bringing a real flavour of the Sultanate to Cowes.... [more]
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US Sailing launches new website for 2012 Olympic sailing teams
Dana Paxton,
In the one year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, US Sailing has launched a new website that highlights America's sailing athletes' journey to Weymouth, U.K., the location of the sailing competition. The new http://olympics.ussailing.org!website!new, illustrates the U.S. Team's 'Way to Weymouth' and was created in-house at the sport's national governing body in collaborati... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race day 4 - Heading out into open ocean
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Today brings with it the onset of true offshore racing with eight of the teams clearing Ushant overnight and heading out into open ocean for the first time on this race. New York and Visit Finland are still battling it out in front but joining them, having gained ground over the past 24 hours, is Gold Coast Australia... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships final day
Paige Brooks,
Laser 4.7 World Championships - Today big breeze came out to greet the Laser 4.7 Worlds competitors. These kids have created a strong following around the St. Francis Yacht Club and on the shores of Crissy field with their practiced moves on the water, and their tireless determination and gentle demeanors on land.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships final day - More images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Laser 4.7 World Championships images of the final day's racing by photographer Erik Simonson... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships final day images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Laser 4.7 World Championships images of the final day's racing by photographer Erik Simonson.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Opening day Match Racing
International Sailing Federation and Sail-World,
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - The 12 Women's Match Racing teams put up with light winds on the first day of racing at the London 2012 Olympic Test Event. Seven flights consisting of 21 races took place on the opening day featuring teams from Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and USA.... [more]
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Images of Cascais: Training day in Portugal - NZ, Korea, and France
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Several of the teams entered in the 34th America's Cup were on the water off Cascais, Portugal yesterday, training ahead of the start the the first round of the America's Cup World series on 6 August. Yet to sail are Oracle Racing and Team China.... [more]
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America's Cup: Carrie Howe on her first sail with Green Comm
ACM,
Top US sailor Carrie Howe, crew member of Green Comm Racing, speaks about her first day on an AC45 ahead of the AC World Series - Cascais... [more]
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PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup ten days of stunning competition
PWA,
The PWA Fuerteventura World Cup 2011 has now wrapped up its ten days of stunning competition in Sotavento. During the racing action we saw Steven Van Broeckhoven and Sarah-Quita Offringa emerge victorious as the 2011 world freestyle champions and Antoine Albeau claim his second event of the year.... [more]
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National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame first inductees named
Jan Harley,
National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame, Catching up to 200 years of sailing history in the U.S.A., the National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today announced the 15 sailors who will make up the historic first-ever class of inductees into the National Sailing Hall of Fame.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Day 1
Dana Paxton,
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta's first day for Match Racing has now been completed. The day with the Elliott 6m Women's Match Racing event. U.S. Team representatives Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), Alana O'Reilly (Charleston, S.C.) and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham (Miami Beach, Fla.) sailed three matches of the first round robin today in light and shifty wind on Portland Harbour.... [more]
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US Sailing to conduct independent study on Chicago Race to Mac tragedy
Jake Fish,
The Chicago Yacht Club has requested US SAILING, the National Governing Body of the sport, to conduct an independent study on the capsizing of a competing sailboat on Lake Michigan during a storm at the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac that resulted in the deaths of two sailors on July 18.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race day 3 - Southampton to Madeira
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Another night of light winds has continued to test the ten teams competing in the race. The tricky sailing conditions have been added to by busy shipping lanes and the depth of water in which anchors had to be dropped in order to prevent boats moving backwards in strong counter currents and no wind.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Competitors duel for King of the Mountain title
MaxComm Communication,
St Moritz Match Race - For the ninth year running, St. Moritz is preparing to welcome the world's top match racers. The competitors will be duelling for the annual Match Race title, a cash prize of 150,000 CHF and – most sought after all – the 'King of the Mountain' title!... [more]
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Women's Match Racing event first to set sail at Olympic test event
Elliott 6m Sailing,
The Women's Match Racing competition is the first Olympic Sailing Event to set sail at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta when the Round Robin stage commences on Tuesday 2 August. The fleet of brand new Elliott 6m boats has been prepared over the last month. Teams from 12 nations will compete in a round robin, the top eight will go through to quarter, semi and final stages.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships Day 5
Paige Brooks,
Laser 4.7 World Championships - The sun has finally made an appearance here on San Francisco Bay for the second to last day of the Laser 4.7 Worlds. The wind has come up moderately from the cloud covered eight to ten knots of the past few days to a consistent 12 knots, with puffs to 20 on an exceptionally clear day.... [more]
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127th Lake Yacht Racing Association Regatta at Port Credit Yacht Club
Katie Nicoll,
127th Lake Yacht Racing Association Regatta at Port Credit Yacht Club. This annual event brings together sailors from the Great Lakes - both American and Canadian to compete in 7 days of racing which includes short and long courses, point to point, one design, PHRF, and IRC.... [more]
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Great wind and sun for 127th 2011 LYRA at Port Credit Yacht Club
Katie Nicoll,
Great wind and sun arrived for the 127th 2011 LYRA at Port Credit Yacht Club in Ontario, Canada. Wonderful conditions allowed for as many as nine races on the IRC course which was also their Canadian Championships featuring 33 boats. This event also held the Centennial, Founders, and Freeman Cup races on July 25-28, along with the course racing on July 29-31st.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 21 - In Cascais
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 1 August 2011 covering the arrival in Cascais... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ and Artemis Racing sail in Cascais
ACM,
Emirates Team NZ and Artemis Racing are the latest team to sail in Cascais, with four days to go to the start of the first event in the America's Cup World Series. We feature images and some recent video from the America's Cup WS build up.... [more]
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PWA Sotevento Fuerteventura World Cup stunning finale
PWA,
The PWA Fuerteventura World Cup 2011 has come to a stunning conclusion on day ten, the final day of competition. The sailors knew they were in for an action packed day as they made their way to the event site for the final showdown. Race director Juan Antonio Aragon, announced that just two more eliminations would be completed and that's all that separated the sailors from their final result.... [more]
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Laser Radial Youth World Championships day 6
Laszlo Matyas,
Laser Radial Youth World Championships - After six days of really great sailing the Laser Radial Youth World Championships are over for the 370 competitors from 44 countries. ISAF Youth Worlds Laser Radial Girls silver medallist Erika Reineke (USA) and Laser Radial Boys bronze medallist Giovanni Coccoluto (ITA) came out on top in their respective fleets.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Championships Day 4
Paige Brooks,
Laser 4.7 World Championships - Some of these kids here just have speed,' said coach and Olympic medalist Jim Barton this morning as he reviewed the low scoring leaders for both the boys and girls racing in the Laser 4.7 Worlds. They find their groove and just go.... [more]
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Images of Cascais: Top teams arrive and assemble, while new teams sail
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget took these images around Cascais, Portugal as Emirates Team NZ, Artemis Racing and the Defender, Oracle Racing unpacked their boats and started the four day process to get assembled and sailing.... [more]
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Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship video
Nancy Mellon,
Balboa Yacht Club's 45th annual Governor's Cup International Junior Match Racing Championship, held July 19 to 24, 2011, was the closest competition in recent memory. Two US teams battled it out for the win.... [more]
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Melges 32 North American Championship title decided
Joy Dunigan,
The Melges 32 North American Championship's winner has now been decided in Newport, Rhode Island. Teams traveled out to the course around 10.30 after a short on land postponement. On the water, they sat around for a little more than two hours before the raceable breeze finally decided to make an appearance.... [more]
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America's Cup: New TV graphics will be a sporting first
Bernie Wilson, AP,
The yellow first-down line that has become a staple of football broadcasts is coming to the America's Cup. Thanks to improved graphics, viewers sitting in front of their TVs or computer screens will easily be able to tell which boat is ahead, see the line the boats will use as a final guide into the next turning mark and know when the fast 45-foot catamarans are within a certain number of boat... [more]
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America's Cup: First preview program released online - View here!
Sail-World,
The first of a weekly series of programs to be produced for the 34th America's Cup is now online and available for viewing In this edition there is a review of some of the major milestones that have occurred so far in the 34th America's Cup, a look at the atmosphere generated by the last home-town Cup - the 31st America's Cup in Auckland, plus a quick look at Cascais, Portugal... [more]
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