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07 May 2012

Welcome, classes of 2016—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

While the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics hasen't even started, ISAF recently made three huge announcements pertaining to the 2016 Olympics: the Mackay FX (aka the 49er FX) has been chosen for the Women's Skiff event, the Nacra 17 has been selected for the Mixed Multihull event, and that kiteboarding will replace windsurfing for the Men's and Women's Board event. 'These announcements mark a new era for sailing and we welcome the new classes into the ISAF family,' said ISAF's President, Göran Petersson. 'Kiteboarding has proven to us that it is ready to be included into the list of prestigious ISAF Events and it is a fantastic addition to the sailing program for the 2016 Olympic Games.'

Appendix B - Performance - Kiteboarding - Technical Report  ISAF ©

Big changes for sure, and it will be interesting to bring kiteboarding into the Olympic limelight. Now that these announcements have been made, the class list for the 2016 Olympics is complete, with the following classes racing for gold in 2016: Laser (Men's One-Person Dinghy), Finn (Men's One-Person Dinghy, heavy), Laser Radial (Women's One Person Dinghy), 470 (Men's and Women's Two-Person Dinghy), 49er (Men's Skiff), Mackay FX (Women's Skiff), Nacra 17 (Mixed Two-Person Multihull) and Kiteboards (Men's and Womens events).

These ten events will all be featured in the 2012-2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup (which begins this December in Melbourne), giving athletes some time to gear up for the inaugural classes' debuts in Rio. More, as it becomes known.

And speaking of the Olympics, the racecourse action is fierce at the U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta for the Women's Match Racing (WMR) event, which is being held in Weymouth, England, site of the Olympic Games, and which is being used to determine what team of sailors represents the U.S. at the 2012 Games. After some great match racing, the contest is now down to Anna Tunnicliffe's 'Team Maclaren' (Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi) versus Sally Barkow's ‘Team 7' (Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham and Alana O'Reilly) in a sudden-death series where the first team to amass six victories advances to the Olympics.

Women's Match Racing day 2 - U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta 2012  Richard Langdon /Ocean Images ©

At the time of this writing, Tunnicliffe was leading with four wins after five races. 'The crew did a fantastic job today,' said Tunnicliffe. 'All of our races were really close. Sally and her team are very, very good... We're looking forward to more tomorrow.' Get the full scoop on the WMR trials inside, and stay tuned for word on the final members of the U.S. Olympic squad, as it becomes known this week.

Also in Olympic class sailing news, the 49er Worlds begin on Monday in Zadar, Croatia, where 78 teams from 32 nations are competing for top honors. While Erik Storck and Trevor Moore have long-since been chosen to represent the newly minted US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider at this summer's Olympics, other countries have yet to name their representatives, so there will be a lot of pressure and international attention paid to this event. Stay tuned for more, as it unfurls.

Groupama Sailing Team during leg 6 - Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race

And in offshore news, Puma Ocean Racing continues to hold onto a waxing lead in Leg Six of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), which is taking the sailors from Itajai, Brazil to Miami, Florida. Just astern of Puma's Mar Mostro is Emirates Team New Zealand's Camper and then Telefonica. At the time of this writing, Mar Mostro was thirty-plus miles in front of the pack, having worked hard to extend their lead over the weekend. 'I'm not going to say much about the weather... it's more than cooperating and I don't want to jinx it,' reports Puma's Media Crew Member, Amory Ross. 'We have one more area of projected drifting on our way to Miami, and I worry that if I go off talking about how nice of a surprise yesterday was, how incredibly perfect the sailing was – especially when the early outlook looked so bleak – I worry I might eliminate the chance of it happening again when we hit the final hurdle of high-pressure tomorrow.' Get the full VOR report, inside.

And finally, get the latest racing reports from the ongoing Star and Laser Worlds, and be sure to also check out Rob Kothe's profile of Lijia Xu (CHN), 2008 Silver medalist and now the favorite for Laser Radial gold this summer. Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Star Worlds - Light winds and suspense on day 3 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
At the 2012 Star Worlds in Hyeres, once again the wind was too light. However, there was lot of suspense in the one and only race with Robert Scheidt losing the lead a few meters before finishing.... [more]
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Laser World Championship - Goodison yellow flagged again
Deike Mary Flemming,
On day 3 of the Laser World Championship 2012, Olympic Gold medalist Paul Goodison (GBR) earned his third yellow flag. Tom Slingsby (AUS) increased his lead over the fleet.... [more]
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UK Finn Nationals - Postma wins the day but Scott still leads
Robert Deaves,
On the second day of the 2012 UK Finn Nationals, despite race wins for Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) and Jonathan Lobert (FRA), Giles Scott (GBR) still leads the fleet into the final day by four points from Postma. Ben Ainslie (GBR) sits in third place, on equal points with Postma.... [more]
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49er World Championship - World's top sailors prepare for battle
Jerelyn Biehl,
The 2012 49er World Championship is set to get underway in Zadar, Croatia on the 7th of May with the prizegiving ceremony to take place on the 12th of May. Some of the world's best sailors will be on hand in Zadar to do battle. Seventy eight teams representing 32 nations have arrived in Zadar not only to claim the remaining five country slots for the 2012 Olympics but to test their skills... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Exciting second day
Chris Yates,
PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup second day started in much the same fashion as the opening day, with winds coming from almost every direction as the wind failed to establish itself. However at 2pm the wind swung cross shore and picked up to 15 to 18 knots, ensuring an action packed afternoon, which saw both the men and women's first elimination's completed.... [more]
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U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta - Women's Match Racing day 2
Dana Paxton,
Racing in the Final Round of the U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta began with five flights competed. Anna Tunnicliffe's 'Team Maclaren' with Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi took an early lead over Sally Barkow's team of Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham and Alana O'Reilly.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Life is good onboard Puma's Mar Mostro + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 14 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I'm not going to say much about the weather... it's more than cooperating and I don't want to jinx it. We have one more area of projected drifting on our way to Miami, and I worry that if I go off talking about how nice of a surprise yesterday was... [more]
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Wolverine Worldwide buys Performance & Lifestyle Group brands
Jeni Bone,
US footwear giants, Wolverine Worldwide, owners of Sebago, have announced effective 1 May one of their largest acquisitions to date: Wolverine Worldwide has purchased Collective Brands' Performance and Lifestyle Group (PLG) consisting of Sperry Top-Sider, Saucony, Stride Rite and Keds... [more]
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Star Worlds - Light winds on day 2 + Video
Jason Georgaris,
On the second day of the 2012 Star Worlds, there were light winds which allowed for only a single race to be sailed. Xavier Rohard was victorious is scoring a bullet whilst the shifty and gust weather brought an abundance of ups and downs with top sailors facing troubles.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: A Naviguesser's nightmare as fleet creep to Miami
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
When the the results of the sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race are analysed there will no doubt be experts by the container full as to where the boats should have headed and when. But right now it is a mess, as wind systems collapse and projected routes change dramatically - with the assumption that a boat can just 'port' itself to wherever she needs to be to take the vital leg points. However P... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Cracking first day
PWA World Tour,
On day one of the PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup, registrations took place between 10am and 12pm. Weather conditions remained changeable throughout the morning and early afternoon with cyclonic winds also occurring. At around 15:00, Korea showed its true unpredictability as the wind swung cross-shore and picked up in an instant. Cue a whole host of sailors head out onto the water... [more]
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Rio 2016 Olympics - Kiteboarding to replace Windsurfing
ISAF,
Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition final event and equipment selections has been confirmed by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). The ISAF Council voted that Kiteboarding will replace Windsurfing for the men's and women's board events and confirmed the equipment that will be used for the Women's Skiff and Mixed Multihull Events.... [more]
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Mystery of Newport to Ensenada fatal yacht race accident continues
Greg Hardesty,
At 77, veteran sailor Chuck Brewer knows his way around the waters off Orange County and beyond – including the Coronado Islands off Baja California where, nearly a week ago, four yachtsmen lost their lives in a mysterious accident during the annual Newport Beach to Ensenada race.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboarding ousts Windsurfer for 2016
Sail-World,
In a completely unexpected move, the ISAF Council has voted to have Kiteboarding as an Olympic Event for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: NACRA17 chosen as the Mixed Multihull class for 2016
Sail-World,
On the second day of its Mid-Year meeting in Sestra, Italy, the ISAF Council have voted in favour of the NACRA17 being the class/equipment for the new Mixed Multihull event to be sailed at the 2016 Olympics. The Council vote was decisive at 20 votes to 15 - an improvement over the Events Committee where the NACRA17 only made it as preferred boat by virtue of the Chairman, Chris Atkins' casting... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Out of control onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 13 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: It's a good thing we're floating in a lawless land because closer to shore someone might charge our sails with assault and battery for the inflicted violence it continues to exact on our rig.... [more]
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Is your vessel Ocean Safe Certified?
Ian Thomson,
As boaters, the ocean is our playground, and for some, it is our office. Every day we go out on the water we make an impact on our ocean, yet so many people are unaware of that very impact. So here are some alarming stats for you:... [more]
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China's Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The top performing Women's Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings.... [more]
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She's Home - Steinlager 2 returns to Auckland + Videos
Richard Gladwell,
The most successful ever Whitbread/Volvo round the world racer, Steinlager 2 returned to New Zealand today, and is berthed in the Viaduct Harbour, alongside her predecessor, Lion New Zealand. Steinlager 2 is still the only boat to have won all the legs of a round the world yacht race, winning the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race... [more]
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Four times Laser World Champ Slingsby starts title defence in style
Craig Heydon,
Tom Slingsby's World Championship title defence is off to an ideal start, with the Australian ending day one of the 2012 Laser World Championship with a perfect scorecard.... [more]
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Star Worlds 2012 - the Eve of the Championships - Field + Video
Jason Georgaris,
The 2012 Star Worlds - the eve of the 2012 Chmapionships - A practice race was held today. All the top sailors are on hand to try and claim the prestigious trophy while many still trying to qualify for the Olympics.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week day 5 - The nail-biting finale
Louay Habib,
On the fifth and final day of competition at Antigua Sailing Week, there was a nail-biting finale in CSA 1A. Geoff Hill's Santa Cruz 72, Antipodes won the last race of the day to take the division. Geoff Hill spoke dockside in Falmouth Harbour: 'This is the first time we have raced the yacht and to be honest we could have done with another week... [more]
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Olympic Skiff Selection for 2016 - RS900 dream ends
Martin Wadhams,
Naturally, we are hugely disappointed that the RS900 has not been selected as the women's Olympic skiff. It was recommended for selection by ISAF's Equipment Committee who carried out the most detailed examination of all the entrants and judged it to best fit the criteria – a spectacular boat that would suit the size of sailors specified.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma joy ride comes to a screeching halt + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 6 day 12. Skipper Ken Read reports from onboard Puma's Mar Mostro: Our little joy ride of the past several days has quickly come to a screeching halt! Uggggh. The painful reality is setting in that the final 1,400 miles is going to be a light air crapshoot.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tough tactical decisions for the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica skipper, Iker Martinez, commented that 'The tactical decisions are tough and often we have to adapt them as we go.' Today, at 1900 GMT Telefonica had risen up the leg leaderboard to seize second place from Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS).... [more]
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2016 Olympic Womens Skiff chosen after tense political stoush
Richard Gladwell,
The FX by Mackay Boats carried the day after a tense debate over the choice of the selection of class, for the Olympic Womens Skiff, on opening day of the ISAF Council Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The FX had undergone eight months of development, particularly in the rig, which is carried on a 49er hull, designed by Julian Bethwaite and selected for the Mens Skiff event at the 2000 Olympics in Sydn... [more]
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U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta - Women's Match Racing day 1
Dana Paxton,
In the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta, racing got underway in Weymouth/Portland, UK with a significant portion of the Semi-final Round being completed. Although the day started out with grey skies and light wind, the conditions improved to allow the Race Committee to complete four races in Flight A and five in Flight B.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Tactical challenge for Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 12 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: Unfortunately our time of terrific trade wind sailing is coming to a close, and far too short it was. One glorious 500-mile day two days ago and a moderately-less-but-still-productive day yesterday had Mar Mostro eating up some serious miles towards the finish in Miami... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tense times for Puma as breeze dies
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
As the breeze softens and the threat of squalls and clouds loom, it is a tense time for leg leaders Puma. A front has come through to the north and disturbed the trade winds, so the leading three, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA), Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand (Chris Nicholson/AUS) and Telefónica (Iker Martínez/ESP) have compressed, and according to Puma navigator Tom Ad... [more]
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Atlantic Cup attracts largest fleet of Class40s to race in US
Jeff Pomeroy,
The 2012 Atlantic Cup features the largest fleet of Class 40s ever to race in the United States. Several accomplished skippers have recently joined the field including Ryan Breymaier (Mare - GER), Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (Campagne De France – FRA) and Jesse Naimark-Rowse (Talan-Bureau Veritas – FRA).... [more]
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