Editorial- A 75 years young US Dragon!
by email@example.com on 13 Jul 2008
Welcome to Sail-World.Com/USA's newsletter for the week ending 12 July.
Hats off to 75 year old Edward Sawyer (USA), crewed by Martin 'Stavros' Payne and Pedro, who has finished fifth overall in the Edinburgh Cup sailed in the International Dragon class off Plymouth, England.
Sawyer and friends won the fourth race, in this the 60th running of the prestigious event, which was contested by 23 crews.
Also in England, off the 2012 Olympic regatta venue of Weymouth, five USA crews have been contesting the International Moth Class World Championships. Top sailor was Bola Gulari from Bayview YC, Michigan - with Peter Becker in 25th and Nigel Oswold in 29th place. The event is something of a watershed for the class, which with the next Worlds scheduled for Dubai and clearly with the rapid international growth being experienced in the class, there really are no limits.
Racing was only possible on two of the seven days, which marred an event which promised so much. Even so, never a class to let a chance go by - the foiling Moths used the third blown out day to try their hand at speed sailing with five crews going over the 25kt mark, but none eclipsing Rohan Veal's mark of 27.9kts set in 2006.
In Long Beach, top match racer, Liz Baylis (San Rafael, Calif.) has taken out the Mayor's Cup for the second year in a row. Eight crews from United States, New Zealand, Brasil and Sweden contested the event. Second overall was Sandy Hayes, (Scituate, Mass.) First international crew was third overall, skippered by Samantha Osborne (New Zealand) and coached by local USA/Kiwi Scot Dickson of Long Beach.
With Womens match racing just months away from being confirmed as an event for the 2012 Olympics, the ante will be upped in this discipline as the serious coaching efforts get underway.
On the topic of the Olympics, latest reports from Qingdao have it that the algae and weed issue is easing.
Just in are images taken on the beach at Qingdao, today. But off the water yesterday, we had reports from Dan Slater (NZL) runner up in the 2008 Finn Gold Cup that the algae islands had largely gone. But instead the sailing water was infested with hair like algae which stuck to foils, and made speed testing impossible.
Additionally the fog reduced visibility to 75 meters, with a GPS unit being essential to find their way back to the Olympic harbor. Earlier reports from the US 470 Womens crew of Sarah Mergenthaler and Amanda Clark, told a similar story of heavily reduced visibility.
However today's images show a golden sand beach with clear skies and light winds. So who really knows - the sailors or the life guards?
In just over three weeks time, on the 9th August, the Olympic regatta itself will be underway, and the true situation will be better able to be assessed.
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