Sail for Gold Regatta report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

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08 Jun 2012

Sail for Gold Regatta report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond


Jonas Hogh Christensen - Sail for Gold 2012, Weymouth, England  Thom Touw ©

So far, stand-out performances go to Anna Tunnicliffe's Team MacLaren in the Women's Match Racing event, Amanda Clark and Sarah Lihan in the Women's 470 class, and Zach Railey in the Finn class. Unfortunately, Railey's day wasn't without incident.

'The whole day has been tough,' reported Railey. 'We waited around for the weather system. We finally got onto the water, and I was doing pretty well. I made up a bunch of boats on the downwind and was waiting to go around the leeward mark and it was very tight. There was a boat that came in and didn't have room. Unfortunately, he tried to take room on a couple of us. There was a pretty big collision; it threw me out of the boat. The boat got broken in the process. It's obviously very difficult when you're in the race. Unfortunately it's part of racing. I know the person did a penalty turn so he knew he was in the wrong. I was in third going into today and it all depends on the results and what happens tonight.'

Friday, the last day of racing the in Paralympic classes was blown out, and Saturday is the medal race day for the Olympic classes. Get the full reports, including image galleries, inside this issue, and stay current with the website as the racing gets even more serious.

Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo thunder towards the finish line and second place - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Global Ocean Race ©

In offshore circles, the doublehanded, around-the-world Global Ocean Race has concluded, with Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough aboard Cessna Citation taking top honors, followed by Marco Nannini and Sergio Frattaruolo aboard Financial Crisis and Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire aboard Phesheya-Racing, the later of whom are still finishing the final leg. 'We were actually quite lucky as the wind started to drop as we came closer to Les Sables,' says Nannini of his recent finish. 'A front with about 45 knots of wind came through this morning and it was quite hairy to finish like that! I seem to attract heavy winds!'

Convictus Maximus a Farr IRC 42 owned by Donald W Nicholson of scotch Pines NJ prepares to tack for the finish line off of St. David's Lighthouse in the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race. She is returning in 2012 with hopes of a better perfromance after finishing 14th in Class 7 in 2010. Credit Charles Anderson/RBYC  Charles Anderson

Also offshore-related, the 168 boats that are registered to race in this year's storied Newport-Bermuda race are amidst their final crunch-time preparations as this classic bluewater event starts on Friday, June 15 off of Newport, Rhode Island. Count on plenty of racecourse media once the starting guns begin sounding, and, if you're amongst the lucky 2,000 sailors who are racing this year, enjoy!

And in inshore big-boat circles, be sure to check out the report from the New York Yacht Club's 158th annual regatta, which is slated to take place this weekend in Newport, Rhode Island. Currently, 133 boats have entered, making this the best-attended of the club's annual regattas to date. Get the full multi-media report, inside, and stay tuned for racing reports, as the action unfurls.

The Wave, Muscat in Istanbul - Extreme Sailing Series 2012  Lloyd Images ©

Also, be sure to read the latest reports from the Extreme Sailing Series Act 3, the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championships, and check out the latest news from America's Cup World Series participant, Team Korea. And for any Stand Up Paddleboarders out there, check out Bill Whiddon and Thaddeus Foote's plan to SUP their way across the Gulf Stream. If successful, this will mark the first time an SUP has made this ambitious crossing. Stay tuned!

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Sail for Gold Day 4 - US Sailing team continue to attack + Videos
Dana Paxton,
On the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta fourth day gale-force winds put an early end to racing but before racing was halted the race committee completed an abbreviated schedule for most classes, except for Paralympic and Star in which all racing was cancelled for the day.... [more]
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Sail for Gold – Skud 18 and Sonar World Cup Standings confirmed
ISAF,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2012, the sixth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup Regattas, is currently underway in Wemouth and Portland. With Paralympic racing cancelled on the final two days the SKUD18 and Sonar World Cup Standings are confirmed.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Chasing duo prepare for yet another gale
Oliver Dewar,
As the Global Ocean Race two leading Class40s ripped through the Bay of Biscay and across the Les Sables d'Olonne finish line and into the shelter of Port Olona, Phesheya-Racing in third place and Sec. Hayai in fourth have been climbing north-east passed Cape Finisterre in strong westerly winds... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet head for Nova Scotia
Amy Martindale,
Clipper 2011-12 Round the World Yacht Race fleet are on the second day of race twelve from New York to Nova Scotia. The ten-strong fleet of 68-foot ocean racing yachts launched into a competitive ‘Le Mans'-style start out of the Hudson River in New York at 2341 UTC yesterday.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race – Groupama prepare for Oeiras In-Port race
Franck Cammas,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet will be back in race mode from 1200 UTC on Saturday with the start of the Oeiras In-Port race off Lisbon. This hour-long course promises to be pretty complicated since the crews will have to contend with the current in the Tagus River, the current from the rising tide and a northerly breeze disrupted by the city.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Every point vital from Race Weekend in Lisbon
Volvo Ocean Race,
A four-way scrap for overall honours and a three-way tie in the inshore series are set to light up Saturday's Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon (starting 1300 local, 1200 UTC) 24 hours before the teams set out on the penultimate offshore leg to Lorient.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Damian Foxall: consistency is the key to victory
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the final part of the series on the most experienced sailors in the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama watch captain Damian Foxall reveals to the Volvo Ocean race media team, what it will take to win this race, and why victory has never been so close.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Tom Addis - It's all about the little details
Volvo Ocean Race,
He's masterminded two leg wins for Puma, and in the third of a series with some of the most experienced Volvo Ocean Race sailors, navigator Tom Addis tells Volvo Ocean Race's media team what the Puma team have up their sleeves for the closing stages.... [more]
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On course to make Newport Bermuda Race history
Colin Thompson - The Royal Gazette,
Lawyer Amanda Mochrie is on course to make Newport Bermuda Race history. Barring a late withdrawal in the final lead up to this year's race Mochrie, a seasoned offshore sailor, will become the first female to skipper a Bermuda yacht in the race's 106-year history.... [more]
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20th International Optimist Regatta (SIOR)
Carol Bareuther,
A record-breaking 100-plus fleet of Optimists from throughout the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe are ready to race in the 2012 Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta (SIOR), June 22 to 24.... [more]
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ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship Day 2
Jennifer Mitchell,
The second day of the ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship had a slow start. The wind was coming from the north around 8-12 knots at the start of race 7B. The race committee was able to run eight races total today.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Penultimate offshore test
Volvo Ocean race,
The penultimate offshore test for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet starts on Sunday. Despite its relative shortness, Leg 8 is shaping up to test the crews in a variety of ways with key factors likely to be the location of the Azores High and the possibility of finding a volatile low pressure system on the way back.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - New York to Novia Scotia start approaches
Isabel Hokken,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet is currently heading towards the start line of Race 12 to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The start to Leg 8 will be challenging as Race 13 is short.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 3 - Red Bull Sailing Team leads the way
Extreme Sailing Series,
The 2012 Extreme Sailing Series is now in full swing in the picturesque locale of Istanbul, Turkey. Roman Hagara and his Austrian Red Bull Sailing Team have continued the impressive form they showed at Act 2 Qingdao, finishing the day in pole position.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Day 4 – Full on racing + Video
Jessica Gray,
The weather battered Skandia Sail for Gold causing cancellations, postponements and some full on racing for those classes that did get out there. The racing schedule had already been moved forward to an early start to try to beat the inbound gale – forecast to arrive in the afternoon. But the weather system hit fast forward and by early morning it was already too windy for any Paralympic racing.... [more]
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Sail for Gold Regatta Day 3 - Consistent results for US Sailing team
Dana Paxton,
On the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta third day, an ISAF World Cup event, the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider continued to accrue consistent results. Erik Storck and Trevor Moore advanced to the 49er gold round, while Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl did so in Men's 470, while Zach Railey counted third overall in the Finn. Racing continues through June 9.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Annual Regatta biggest ever + Preview Video
Barby MacGowan,
The event has been officially declared the biggest ever with 133 boats entered in weekend racing on June 10 and 11. Racing for the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex takes place on Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound.... [more]
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ICSA/Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship day 1
Jennifer Mitchell,
When the wind began to come up teams had an opportunity to practice in the boats, Club Flying Juniors (CFJs), quickly before racing got underway around 1 p.m. CDT.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Final preparations underway
John Rousmaniere,
The 48th Newport Bermuda Race is under 2-weeks away. This is crunch time for last minute preparations by owners and crew for this 635-mile classic challenge of sailor against the wind and sea. By late afternoon June 15th, some 2000 sailors will be hunkering down on 168 racing yachts getting ready for their first night at sea, anticipating the currents and fickle seas in the Atlantic Gulf Stream.... [more]
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Olympic Sailing Competition – Seoul 1988
ISAF,
Until the country was awarded the Olympic Games in 1981, sailing for pleasure really hadn't taken root in South Korea and the Korea Yachting Association existed in name only. The sailing competition would ultimately take place in Busan, South Korea's second city after the capital and host Seoul, and the country's major port.... [more]
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Sail for Gold - Day 3 challenge + Video
Jo Grindley,
The weather forecast for the second half of Skandia Sail for Gold has been a hot topic of conversation for a while. The RS:X Men raced in the morning in the more moderate conditions, and it's still all about the one-two double act from the last world championships. The Paralympic course got a full day of racing in.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team Korea principal says they will enter AC34
Sail-World,
America's Cup.com, the official America's Cup website is reporting that Team Korea is sending signals that they may soon have some news on their challenge for the 34th America's Cup. At the Korea Match Cup this past week, team principal Kim Dong-Young told his sailors the team would be entering the Louis Vuitton Cup and building an AC72 to race.... [more]
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50 Years of Sunfish Racing
Holly Hanselman,
This summer the Lake Bluff Yacht Club in conjunction with the Waukegan Yacht Club will host the 50th Sunfish North American Open Championship.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Class40 Cessna Citation cross Leg 5 finish
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - After 150 days of racing around the planet, Conrad Colman and Scott Cavanough have taken first place in the fifth leg and have also won the circumnavigation event overall with their Akilaria RC2 Cessna Citation. Having led the GOR fleet for the majority of leg five Cessna Citation thundered towards the finish line hitting 17 knots under full main and Solent... [more]
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First ever attempt to cross Gulf Stream on stand-up paddleboards
John Bell,
Armed only with a board, a paddle and their wits, the paddle boarders will endure one of the earth's most powerful oceanic currents, exposure to shifting weather conditions, extreme isolation, and all risks of open ocean navigation in order to reach their destination.... [more]
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College of Charleston wins ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship
Jennifer Mitchell,
The third and final day of the ICSA/APS Team Race National Championship on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. The final four began this morning around 10 a.m. in light winds around three knots from the southeast. Six races total were completed in the final four round robin.... [more]
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