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Year of the Tiger for Team Sanya's Teng - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

Every now and then you hear a story about someone newly acquainted with sailing who's taking on a challenge far bolder than anything you've likely attempted yourself. Meet Teng Jiang He, aka 'Tiger'. According to Sophie Luther's report in this issue, Tiger, 37, a former Chinese businessman, took up sailing just last year, but he has been confirmed as the first Chinese sailor (not a media crewmember) to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). Tiger will be joining Mike Sanderson's Chinese-flagged Team Sanya, one of six confirmed entrants in the 2011-2012 race.

'The VOR is incredibly tough going and I was looking for someone with both the skill and the right attitude to contribute towards team performance,' said the legendary Sanderson. 'From day one, Tiger has impressed everyone in the team. He is determined, focused and has an endless hunger to learn everything he can – both on and off the boat.'

'Admittedly, sailing was not my career and I didn't have that much experience compared to the others,' said Tiger, 'but I am very passionate about the sport and keep myself fit so I'm ready for this challenge.'

While Sanderson is a two-time winner of this prestigious ocean race, his team will be using a previous-generation boat (the former Telefonica Blue) and they haven't sailed anywhere near as many miles together as some of the longer-standing programs. Irrespective of how competitive Team Sanya proves to be in this year's VOR, Tiger and the rest of his teammates are in for a wild adventure, especially given their skipper's storied reputation for dropping the hammer offshore. Stay tuned for more, as it becomes known.

Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50  La Charente-Maritime /Bahia Transat 6.50

Peeling headsails from fully crewed Volvo Open 70s to 21-foot Classe Minis— while still talking about bold sailing—check out the race preview of six female skippers who will be competing in the 4,200-mile singlehanded Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 (formerly the Mini Transat). American sailing interests are being represented by Emma Creighton and her prototype Classe Mini, Pocket Rocket, (USA 574). 'Doing the Mini Transat is about digging deep and seeing how far you can push yourself and your boat, while still practicing good seamanship,' said Creighton, a first-time Charente-Maritime/Bahia Transat 6.50 competitor. 'I'm excited to get out there and see what I can do against many of the world's best offshore skippers.'

Also inside, get the latest from the Clipper Around The World Race, the ISAF Team Racing Worlds, and the St. Moritz Match Race, the sixth stop on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Navigating A Blue 'Silk Road' - China Team CEO at Cascais
BeiBei Song,
It's apparent that of all the projects in a diverse portfolio of investments ranging from information technology, renewable energy, and health care, to real estate, consumer products and entertainment, he is most proud of China Team, contending for the 34th America's Cup. Behind that pride, though, is a passion for the sea and a pursuit much larger, deeper and more personal... [more]
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ICSA Sailors compete in the 2011 World Univeristy Games in China
Perry Emsiek,
Nine ICSA Sailors recently returned from competing in the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China. Being in China for the World University Games was an experience of a lifetime and completely unforgettable. The production that was put on by the city of Shenzhen was impressive and unreal.... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship
Jan Harley,
When the defending champions won race two of the day – Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.), Molly Vandemoer (Stanford, Calif.) and Liz Bower (Rochester, N.Y.) racing as Team Maclaren – they too made a leap, going from fourth to first in the overall standings.... [more]
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America's Cup: Ten days to go until start of World Series, Plymouth
Richard Gladwell,
With just over a week to go until the first day of racing in Plymouth round of the America's Cup World Series, preparations are proceeding at pace. Several teams are expected to take their first sail on Thursday 1 September, as they practice ahead of the first day of racing on September 10.... [more]
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Mobility Cup 2011 day 2 racing
John Kernaghan,
Genevieve Wickham of Sailability/Royal Perth Yacht Club of Perth, Australia won two of three races Wednesday to consolidate her lead in the Access Liberty Fleet on the second day of the 2011 Mobility Cup... [more]
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Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta
Cynthia Goss,
The 32nd annual Museum of Yachting Classic Yacht Regatta is all set to take place in Newport over Labor Day weekend. Hurricane Irene's visit to Rhode Island did not dampen the spirits of classic-boat owners and crews planning to participate in the event sponsored by Panerai.... [more]
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Teams battle it out at ISAF Team Racing Worlds
ISAF,
The ISAF Team Racing World Championship has commenced in Schull, Ireland, with twenty teams battling it out in the Youth and Open Championship. Teams from Australia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Thailand and the USA are all in the Irish Village for the Championship and locals greeted them on Sunday in traditional manner with a parade of nations.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 4 - Championship racing gets underway
Vincent Ahern,
The ISAF Team Racing Worlds got underway with full championship racing in Schull Harbour on Wednesday as twelve international sailing teams contest the event and eight compete for the Youth Worlds. The first day of full competitive racing took place in perfect conditions with a strong easterly breeze, which gradually swung southeast , allowing for a full round robin... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships – Ideal day
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships – Looking at the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, which did not offer up much in the way of wind, PRO Hank Stuart decided to get in as many races as he could on day two. And that he did with a total of five well-run races.... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race - Williams and Berntsson take joint lead
World Match Racing Tour,
St. Moritz Match Race - Ian Williams continued his rich vein of form in the opening Qualifying Session, winning all five matches to take a joint overnight lead alongside Johnie Berntsson. It was a telling display from the in-form Team GAC Pindar at the start of the sixth stage of the World Match Racing Tour, while defending ‘King of the Mountain' Mathieu Richard fell to four defeats from five.... [more]
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International 14 World Championships at Weymouth preview
Cailah Leask,
Artemis International 14 World Championships - With 68 entries to date, including teams from Australia, Japan, Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, France and the UK, the event promises to provide a spectacle both on and off the water. Two times defending World Champion, Archie Massey and crew Dan Wilsdon, will be looking to take an unprecedented third World Title, in the tough seven race series.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Battle for remaining podium positions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After Gold Coast Australia's commanding victory in Race 2 into Rio, the battle for the remaining podium positions is being fiercely contested. The teams at the front of the fleet have been pushing to make up every extra mile as they close in on Rio de Janeiro's iconic harbour.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica returns to base after 2000nm Qualifier
Sail-World,
The Spanish Volvo Ocean race entry, Telefonica, is back at the pontoon of her training base at Sanxenxo, in Pontevedra, Spain. At 17:30 local time the Spanish boat skippered by Iker Martínez, with the entire crew on board, completed the almost one thousand mile climb up the Atlantic from the team's offshore base at Marina Rubicón, in Lanzarote, to the one in Sanxenxo, Northern Spain. This is where... [more]
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Rotary Mobility Cup 2011 day 1
John Kernaghan,
Montreal sailors dominated the Gold Fleet competition on day one of Canada's 2011 Mobility Cup Tuesday. More than 60 disabled athletes from five countries including Australia, the Netherlands, the U.K., U.S.A and Canada are competing in the event.... [more]
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ISAF accepting bids for 2013 Women's Match Racing World Championships
Liz Baylis,
The deadline for bids to host the 2013 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is Thursday, 1 September 2011. The ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds has been held every year since 1999 with the most recent event in 2010 being hosted by the New York Yacht Club in the USA. For 2011 the champion will be decided at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships... [more]
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Updated logo revealed for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics – the national sailing team comprised of the country's top performing Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls – unveiled a revised team logo. The team's title sponsor AlphaGraphics, the provider of visual communications for businesses through nearly 300 owner-operated, locally-based business centers worldwide, recently launched a new corporate identity... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship–Team Maclaren update
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship is currently underway. Team Maclaren reports on the first day of racing. We completed five races today and finished with a score line of 1, 10, 2, 8, and 7 to leave us in fourth overall. We headed out to the race course around 8:45am and started on time at 10am. The conditions this morning were 10-12kts and semi steady breeze... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race: New finish line, new HQ
Rich Roberts,
The Newport Ocean Sailing Association is deep into arrangements to move race headquarters. 'The 65th race will open a new era for Newport to Ensenada,' Commodore Chuck Iverson said. 'It will be more inclusive for sailors and their families and broaden the experience with the Ensenada community.'... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship - Setting the pace
Jan Harley,
US Sailing's Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC) got underway in earnest. Four winners in five races, along with a tight mix of competitors finishing second and third in individual races, has resulted in a tight battle at the top of the scoreboard.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds Day 3
Brian Carlin,
The ISAF Team Worlds have now completed the third day which witnessed the teams hit the water for the final day of practice and the official opening. Tomorrow, Wednesday will see the first official day's racing.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - A disappointing season for Mathieu Richard
World Match Racing Tour,
St Moritz Match Race - Mathieu Richard believes his chances of winning the Match Racing World Championship 2011 have all but disappeared and is now citing a third ‘King of the Mountains' title as the boost he needs to realise his new goal of an overall podium finish. On the eve of the race Richard and his French Match Racing Team find themselves in a very different situation to last season... [more]
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18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 3 – Challenging conditions
Ben Clothier,
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship - With sunshine and 10knts of breeze blowing offshore, the Race Officer, Jon Gorringe was able to set an exciting short course with windward marks straight off the beach satisfying the demands of the growing spectator interest during the bank holiday weekend. And there was plenty to race for.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fleet closes in on Rio
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After conceding some gains in recent position reports, the crew of Gold Coast Australia will be relieved to be powered up again and surfing down the Brazilian coast towards Rio. Skipper Hewson reports that his crew achieved 'fantastic speeds' in 'beautiful conditions' overnight with bright stars and bioluminescence streaming behind Gold Coast Australia as she... [more]
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Bridge to Bridge 2011 - Ride along with David Wells: Video
Erik Simonson,
Bridge to Bridge 2011 - Ride along with Formula Board Sailor David Wells from the dark, cold, foreboding waters outside the Golden Gate, along with 52 other craft as they race to the bright sun at the Bay Bridge. 13 Formula Boards, 21 Kiteboarders. 15 Aussie 18's, a trifoiler kite, a 49er and a catamaran competed in this years version which was won by...you have to wait and see!... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships - Frustrating day
Katie Nicoll,
Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championships - Hank Stuart, PRO, tried his best, moving the course, waiting for the wind to settle down, waiting for the wind to come up, waiting for the wind to settle, and finally relinquished the race to the wind gods that had not appeared. His efforts were well received by the competitors.... [more]
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Solo sailor nearly through the Northwest Passage!
Thomas Spitzer,
Here's an update from Matt Rutherford as he attempts to circumnavigate the Americas non-stop and alone: So, I was delivering a boat (Godspeed) to Antigua with Simon Edwards and Tag (Al Hunt). I was telling Tag about this idea I had during my second single-handed trans-Atlantic. I was thinking about trying to start a non-profit in Annapolis MD that would give sailing opportunities to the... [more]
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Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship - No races on Day 1
Jan Harley,
The Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship encountered an almost total lack of breeze for the first day of racing which prevented the 36 teams who traveled to Rochester Yacht Club from starting their assault on the championship title.... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing World Championship sailors take to the water + Video
Brian Carlin,
At the ISAF Team Racing World Championships, Monday witnessed each nation hit the water for the first time with offical training and boat amiliarisation being the main focus of the day.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race–Gold Coast Australia battle to stay ahead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Being at the front of the fleet is never a relaxing place to be, especially when the wind dies and the chasing pack starts to close in. But that is exactly the uncomfortable position that Richard Hewson and his crew onboard Gold Coast Australia are in as they approach Rio de Janeiro at the end of race two.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Year of the Tiger for Team Sanya's Teng
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race - Teng Jiang He, a 37-year-old businessman who goes by the nickname Tiger and only started sailing last year, will become the first Chinese sailor to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race after being named on the Team Sanya crew for 2011-12. Team Sanya became the first Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race when they launched their campaign in Beijing in June.... [more]
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Sarcoma Cup images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson,
Sarcoma Cup images from photographer Erik Simonson... [more]
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ISAF Team Racing Worlds welcome sailors to Schull
Vincent Ahern,
ISAF World Team Racing Championships will take place at the seaside village of Schull, West Cork, Ireland. On Sunday, amid bright sunshine, locals and visitors alike turned out in huge numbers to welcome sailors from around the globe to a world event based in a village setting.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Regatta - Kiteboard, Coxon winners in Ronstan race
Rich Roberts,
The Ronstan Bridge to Bridge Race was woven into the 10th annual 18ft Skiff International Regatta hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club. Hometowner Bryan Lake and Michael Coxon of Australia gulped it down with satisfaction Thursday. America's Howie Hamlin, New Zealand's Alex Vallings, Australia's Nick Press and Australia's John Winning followed closely in that order.... [more]
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Rambler100 Capsize: 'People just falling into space' plus new Videos
Compiled by Richard Gladwell,
The Providence Journal is reporting the experiences of several crew from the supermaxi Rambler which capsized in the recent Rolex Fastnet Race: Just a week later, crew members who were back racing at the Newport Shipyard were greeted as heroes. Fellow sailors extended warm handshakes and kindness as the sailors shared their saga on a bright Tuesday afternoon.... [more]
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O'Pen BIC North American Champs - Unconventional excites youth sailors
Nevin Sayre,
O'Pen BIC North American Championships - Before the event some of the sailors (but mostly parents) were nervous about the 'Un-Regatta' format that they had not yet experienced. By the end of day two, boat handling skills had improved tremendously, the top sailors led the standings, and big smiles were all around.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episodes 1-4 - World Series and more
ACM,
America's Cup Uncovered is a weekly magazine video program is designed to show America's Cup fans the people, places and stories that are the backbone of the America's Cup. Here are the first four episodes, we'll carry the latest edition each week on Sail-World... [more]
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America's Cup: Red-lining the heart rate monitors
Andy Rice,
When your heart monitor tells you that you've gone over 100% of your maximum heart rate, something is wrong. Three times during a race this happened to Sean Clarkson while racing the Artemis AC45 in Cascais. Fortunately Clarkson was still breathing at the end of the race, but there's no doubt he and his fellow AC45 team mates are working to the limits - and beyond - of their fitness.... [more]
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