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15 Feb 2013

OD racing news and S-W toolbars—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond



S-W: How would you compare the competition in the Melges 20 class with other OD keelboats?

Marc Hollerbach, Fu  Joy Dunigan

McKee: 'The Melges 20 has become one of the most competitive classes in the U.S. It's an owner-driver class, so you don't have the pro drivers like in the Melges 24 Class. The boats are strict One Design-and the sails nearly identical-so there are essentially no equipment edges to be had. And with 47 boats at this Midwinter Regatta, the racing is very high-level.'

S-W: What are the three most important factors that helped you guys win?

McKee: 'To win a regatta like this, first you need some reasonable upwind speed. We have worked pretty hard at this, and we're improving. Secondly, we had really good downwind speed, and pretty good downwind tactics. Lastly, we did a good job of managing our comebacks through the fleet. We generally made gains on each leg, and, sometimes, big comebacks downwind, so that allowed us to shave a lot of points off, in the end just enough to win!'

JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship  Frank Quealey © /Australian 18 Footers League

Meanwhile, n the other side of the globe, the J. J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 is set to begin in a couple of days on Sydney Harbor in Sydney, Australia. Inside, be sure to check out all the cool media surrounding this high-octane, high-performance event, and stay tuned to our website for more news, as it unfurls.

Also inside, check out the latest news from the upcoming Congressional Cup (April 9-13) and the Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2013, and learn more about the new mandatory qualification event that sailors who are hoping to make the 2014 U.S. Youth Worlds Team had best add to their 2013 racing schedule.

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May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Sail-world.com expands customized toolbar for serious USA sailors
The Sail-World.com Team,
Sail-World.com the largest sailing marine news network in the world has an extra-ordinary amount of sailing content, currently 106,000 stories, with images and result stretching back 16 years. This is easily the largest sailing database in the world. For serious sailors there is a USA customized Sail-World toolbar that you can use now.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'Promise we won't go foiling on Day 1' - Yeah Right!
Sail-World,
Video from Emirates Team NZ's first day of sailing in their new second generation AC72, Aotearoa, on a light summer's day on the Hauraki Gulf. Grant Dalton before the AC72 was launched and sailed for the first time: 'The temptation today is just to go out and send it straight away and get her up on the foils.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Kiwis take invitation race in Sydney Worlds
Frank Quealy,
The 64th JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship is shaping up as one of the closest contests for several years with 31 of the world's best teams lining up on Sydney Harbour for the 2013 title. Defending champion Gotta Love It 7 team of Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris had a stressful week waiting for the outcome of repairs being made to their badly damaged hull last Sunday.... [more]
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Cruising Together: CCA awards couple for decade-long sailing
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has selected Stephen and Karyn James (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) to receive its 2012 Far Horizon Award for a commendable ten years and 38,000 miles of cruising. The award is given to a member of CCA 'for a particularly meritorious cruise or series of cruises that exemplify the objectives of the Club.'... [more]
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49th Congressional Cup - The Brit is set to return for battle
Rich Roberts,
The first thing followers and fellow competitors want to know about the Long Beach Yacht Club's 49th Congressional Cup: Is the Brit coming back? And the answer is, yes indeed. Ian Williams, still ranked number one in the world, will return April 9-13 with his GAR Pindar team in quest of an unprecedented third consecutive victory in the prestigious Grade 1 match racing event.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Final act will test two skippers still at sea + Video
Vendee Globe,
The final act of the Vendée Globe will test the two skippers still at sea. What to do? Di Benedetto is in hole and De Lamotte has one in front of him, with apparently no way round it on the way back to Les Sables. At 503 miles from the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne, De Lamotte has little choice but to be patient in the face of this unwelcome calm and must just head east as fast as he can.... [more]
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Take racing skill instruction and education to a new level
Jake Fish,
US Sailing is bringing racing skill instruction and education to an entirely new level. The US Sailing Racing Clinics are now being offered around the country to yacht clubs, community sailing centers, and other organizations that offer sail racing clinics.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Divided loyalties for two times Champion
Frank Quealey,
J. J. Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship 2013 is less than a couple of days away. One man who must be having mixed emotions is two-times Giltinan champion Adam South... [more]
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Red Bull Youth America's Cup - History in the making
Irene Corosu,
Red Bull Youth America's Cup 2013 gave the participating youth sailors in the first selection series a chance to meet and learn from a line-up of multi-awarded sailors, including America's Cup legend Russell Coutts, Olympic great Ben Ainslie, and Jimmy Spithill, at a special media function.... [more]
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2013 U.S. Youth Championships mandatory for Worlds Team qualification
Jake Fish,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) and Youth Championships Committee announced that the 2013 U.S. Youth Championships will serve as a mandatory qualification event for the 2014 U.S. Youth Worlds Team. The regatta will expand to host more youth sailors and to include seven classes: 29er, Club 420, Formula 16, International 420, Laser, Laser Radial and RS:X.... [more]
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J/24 Midwinter Championship - Mollicone and crew triumphant in Tampa
Christopher E. Howell,
At the J/24 Midwinter Championship taking place at Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida, John Mollicone from Newport, RI and his Helly Hansen team have triumphed as 2013 champions. With Tim Healy, Geoff Becker, Dan Rabin and Gordon Borges, the group was able to spectate the last of the 10-race series to allow the other 19 teams to duke out the remaining places.... [more]
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Representatives confirm 2013 Development Symposium attendance
ISAF,
Representatives from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Member National Authorities including Oman, Turkey, France, New Zealand, Qatar, Bahrain, U.A.E, Iceland, United States and South Africa have confirmed that they will be attending the 2013 Development Symposium.... [more]
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Jon Napier joins ISAF Secretariat as Competitions Manager
ISAF,
Jon Napier has now joined the Secretariat of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in the role of Competitions Manager. Jon is particularly responsible for ISAF Race Officials, ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship, ISAF World Match Racing Tour, ISAF Nations Cup, ISAF Team Racing Championship and supports the busy Competitions department.... [more]
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2020 Summer Olympic core sport recommendations include sailing
IOC Media,
to the 125th IOC Session for approval as the core sports for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The 25 sports are: athletics, rowing, badminton, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, weightlifting, handball, hockey, judo, swimming, modern pentathlon, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis, shooting, archery, triathlon, sailing and volleyball.... [more]
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JJ Giltinan Championship - Gotta Love It 7's battle already underway
Australian 18 Footers League,
The defending champ Gotta Love It 7 team's fight for the J. J. Giltinan Championship has already begun, following a spectacular capsize in strong wind conditions this past Sunday. Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris can do nothing now except wait to see if the team's damaged hull can be repaired in time for Saturday's Race 1 of the regatta on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Sailing Arabia - The Tour bursts into life with first in-port races
Sailing Arabia The Tour,
A group of nine world-class crews competing in the EFG Bank Sailing Arabia – The Tour were back on the water off the coast of Qatar for the first of three in-port races to take place during the fifteen day race between Bahrain and Muscat.... [more]
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Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta enjoys successful first edition
John Payne,
The inaugural Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta was held last weekend. The event grew out of the annual Finn Midwinter and Women's Laser Radial North Americans that Lauderdale Yacht Club has hosted since 1982. This year, Men's Laser full rigs, I-420s and 29ers were added to the mix along with the inclusion of men in the Laser Radial class.... [more]
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ISAF Executive Committee meets in Southampton
ISAF,
The Executive Committee (EC) of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is comprised of a diverse group of sailors from around the globe, including Italy, Greece, Turkey, Great Britain, New Zealand, China, United States, and Uruguay. The members are united by a common passion for sailing, and dedicated to improving the sport.... [more]
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Ralph Roberts awarded Gold Medal by International Sailing Federation
Sail-World,
The International Sailing Federation has announced that Ralph Roberts (NZL) has been awarded a Gold Medal by the World governing body in recognition of many year's service to the ISAF and sport of sailing. A second New Zealander, Jack Lloyd, a member of two Olympic Juries and now Volvo Ocean Race Director, has been awarded a Silver medal.... [more]
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Over 30 18ft skiff crews for JJ Giltinan Championship 2013
Sail-world.com,
The JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship will kick off the action Sunday on Sydney Harbour. With 32 of the best 18ft Skiff Racing teams competing for the coveted title, we can expect to see more of the same action we were treated to in 2012. Here are some of Frank Quealey's shots of last year's competition won by Gotta Love It 7.... [more]
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