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Weekend in Review—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

Team Maclaren at Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 in Weymouth  © Clive Mason

The biggest news is the sailing world right now is the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, which just wrapped up in Weymouth, England, home of the 2012 Olympic Games. For US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG), this regatta was of extra importance as it's an event that's being used to determine official team berths. 'We were the first fleet to start racing this morning, and the only fleet outside of the breakwaters, but it was perfect sailing again,' reports Anna Tunnicliffe, the skipper of Team Maclaren in the Women's Match Racing event. 'Slightly shifty and puffy but flat water, and sunny. The race committee started on time with the races and the games began.'

While Team Maclaren sailed away with a Gold medal, victory certainly wasn't a given. 'Race two was a bit tighter. Late in the pre-start we had them covered and sailing in our bad air, late for the start. They threw in some tacks, which we were able to match and we extended a couple lengths immediately off the line. By the top mark, we had a four-length lead of which they did a great job of closing up on the downwind leg as they brought pressure down to us. Upwind, we extended again, but on the last run, we got into a gybing duel and they closed right up to us as we matched their every gybe.' Check out the full multi-media coverage of this important regatta in this issue.

Meanwhile, at the Etchells Worlds, which were just contested in San Diego, hometown favorite Bill Hardesty emerged the champion, sailing so decisively that he and his crew did not have to compete in the last day's racing. Interestingly, the San Diego Yacht Club team consisting of Hardesty, Steve Hunt, Mandi Markee and Craig Leweck learned of their victory only after word had already pinged around the world courtesy of social-media services. Check out the full report inside.

On the other side of the country, in Rye, New York, the Melges 32 Nationals took place this weekend, with Jason Carroll and the Argo team emerging as the winners. Competition here included Intac Mark Plaxton's well-sailed USVI team, as well as other usual suspects in this highly competitive class.

Oracle Racing - AC45's San Francisco - 10 June 2011  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing

And in the Bay area, Oracle Racing had their hands full this weekend as they logged a near capsize in the AC45, this one on the windy waters of San Francisco, home of AC34. Be sure to check out the team's sizzle reel from last week's sailing, especially the 'money' shot where the crew appears ready to take the full-value ride, before the boat mercifully stands back up on her feet.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Skandia Sail for Gold 2011: Team Maclaren takes Gold
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011's final day has resulted in a Gold medal victory for Team Maclaren. Anna Tunnicliffe recaps the day's events.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 Medal Race Video highlights
Sarah Alexander,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 Medal Races Video highlights, including interview, at Weymouth and Portland.... [more]
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Annapolis to Newport 2011 - The wrap
Linda Ambrose,
Annapolis to Newport 2011 has concluded its 64th edition with all seventy boats having crossing the finish line or retiring from the race.... [more]
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Brazilian Navy team wins Great Lakes International Challenge Cup
Katie Nicoll,
Henrique Haddad from Sao Francisco do sul Brazil won all three races in the Finals Match against Shawn Bennet from St. Francis YC in California to capture the 2011 Great Lakes International Challenge Cup and James Hl. Righter Trophy at the Buffalo Yacht Club in Buffalo, NY. The Grade 3 Match race event was sailed in J/22s in Erie Basin on Lake Erie.... [more]
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U.S. Youth Multihull Championship close in Pedro Bay
Jake Fish,
The U.S. Youth Multihull Championship has come to a close in San Pedro Bay. The championship has been hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, California.... [more]
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Olympians win Australasian Etchells Winter Championship
Musto Etchells Australasian Winters media,
A new Etchells crew lead by 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist Tom King show they will be a threat at the 2012 Etchells World Championship in Sydney.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Cup Rankings + Video
ISAF,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 has seen Australia's Tom Slingsby bring about an eight point lead for the final day of the regatta in Weymouth and after finishing second in the Medal Race he comfortably won the gold medal.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011: Skud-18, Sonar and 2.4m
ISAF,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 has resulted in a Sonar class gold medal victory for John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas (GBR). They have now become the Sonar ISAF Sailing World Cup Champions.... [more]
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Finn World Masters Championships 2011 now open
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters 2011 has been officially opened amidst a stunning forest on the shores of the Mediterranean... [more]
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Four boats move into finals at Great Lakes International Challenge Cup
Katie Nicoll,
Moving onto the finals are on Sunday are Henrique Haddad with 7W-1L, Geoff Becker with 6W - 2L, Shawn Bennett with 5W-3Land Mark Johnson with 5W - 3L. Winds continued to be light and variable with a 1.5 knot current in the Erie Basin, Buffalo, New York. Mark Johnson will automatically move on to to the United States Match Racing Championship as the representative from Group E/K.... [more]
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Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta June 20-26
Carol Bareuther,
Over 70 of the best Optimist dinghy sailors in the Caribbean and World – including defending champion, Puerto Rico's Jorge Gonzalez – will converge at the St. Thomas Yacht Club for the Sea Star Clinic, June 20-22, the Sea Star Team Race, June 23, and the 19th Annual Scotiabank International Optimist Regatta, June 24-26.... [more]
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WMRT Korea Match Cup 2011 - Thrilling finale to Hansen
World Match Racing Tour,
Korea Match Cup 2011 skipper Bjorn Hansen was named king of the Korea Match Cup for the first time today beating Francesco Bruni in a thrilling finale. Hansen (SWE) Mekonomen Sailing Team held onto his nerve as the Final went to sudden death, eventually defeating Bruni (ITA) Bruni Racing by three wins to two.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day 5 Video highlights
Sarah Alexander,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day 5 Video highlights at Weymouth and Portland... [more]
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Etchells World Championship battle for final podium places
Etchells World Championship,
Etchells World Championship final race day (Saturday) began with lighter winds from a 220 – 250 axis as the fleet arrived in the racing area. As the competitors sorted themselves out, the race committee patiently waited for the breeze to settle in to a relatively stable 10-12 knots at the 240 axis.... [more]
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America's Cup: Video of Oracle Racing's pitchpole and near capsize
Oracle Racing,
Video of Oracle Racing's near pitchpole/capsize in San Francisco Bay in the AC45, sailing in fresh testing conditions... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011: Weymouth's Olympic pre-Judgement Day
Jo Grindley,
The Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 has reached the final day of competition with the closing action being described by Ben Ainslie as ' Tougher competition than the Olympics.' The final day of the regatta was the medal race day and tension could be felt all over the boat park as the elite of each Olympic discipline were preparing to be tested.... [more]
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America's Cup Events Authority bulks up in San Francisco
Michelle Slade, Sailblast,
it's business as usual at 160 Pacific Ave, downtown San Francisco, home to the 40-50 employees of the America's Cup - both ACEA and ACRM. Still running on a somewhat 'skeleton' staff and in 'start-up' mode, finding qualified individuals willing to risk the security of their current comfy job for the wild waters of the America's Cup is the least of the challenges facing the administration of this n... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of San Francisco - Oracle Racing on the Bay
Guilain Grenier,
Top international photographer Guilain Grenier presents this first gallery of images from Oracle Racing's jaunt around San Francisco Bay.... [more]
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Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2011 - Argo takes center stage
Joy Dunigan,
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship 2011, hosted by the American Yacht Club (AYC). Jason Carroll (New York, N.Y.) on Argo took center stage to lead with at 1-2-1 result line after three races. In second overall is Takashi Okura on sled and Ed Tillinghast on Dark N' Stormy in third.... [more]
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America's Cup: More Images of San Francisco - Oracle Racing on the Bay
Guilain Grenier,
Top international photographer Guilain Grenier presents this second gallery of images from Oracle Racing's jaunt around San Francisco Bay. Plus a video of their near capsize... [more]
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America's Cup: Close call for Oracle Racing on San Francisco Bay
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Racing had a first taste of San Francisco Bay's reputation for strong winds and choppy waters that makes yacht racing in these conditions a real challenge. The pair had a close call today, and one came close to a first capsize in the bay. 'It was a typical San Francisco day,' said Oracle Racing CEO Russell Coutts.... [more]
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2011 Great Lakes International Challenge Cup & James H. Righter Trophy
Katie Nicoll,
After 5 & 1/2 flights (17 races) the standings are: Sandberg 0w 3l, Ruhlman 0w 3l, Godfrey 1w, 2l, Shannon 1w, 3l, Haddad 2 w, 1l, Lowery 2w, 3l, Bennett 3w, 2l, Johnson 4w, 0l Becker 4w, 0l. - 17 races in total were run in the area off of Erie Basin Marina.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship 2011 crowns a winner
Etchells Worlds,
The Etchells World Championship 2011 regatta is a nine race series with a single throwout score. San Diego Yacht Club's Bill Hardesty, Steve Hunt, Mandi Markee and Craig Leweck only needed to achieve wins in eight races to secure the World Championship title.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold day five success for Team Maclaren
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe recaps Team Maclaren's success on day five at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011.... [more]
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Mark Foy Trophy day 4 tricky conditions
Mason Woodworth,
Four races were scheduled today at the Mark Foy Trophy and as the sailors arrived at the beach they were greated with the welcome sight of sunny skies and white horses on the waters off Sonderborg.... [more]
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Sail for Gold 2011 day five for Team AlphaGraphics
Dana Paxton,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 day five was the final day of racing for Team AlphaGraphics in the Paralympic classes, 2.4mR, Sonar and SKUD-18 in Weymouth, U.K.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit 2011 Marseille Trophy begins
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit, Marseilles Trophy 2011 has officially begun in France's second city and on the water this coming week the hopes will be reslihed between the TP52 Series where the Franco-German team ALL4ONE will be on a mission to get to the podium with their brand new Vrolijk design, skippered by Jochen Schuemann and Sebastien Col.... [more]
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34th America's Cup – Loick Peyron committed to Energy Team challenge
Pierre Giboire,
34th America's Cup challenger Energy Team are the seventh team entered into the competition to be staged in San Francisco in September 2013 So it is to be Loïck Peyron, who will be at the helm of the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V for the Jules Verne Trophy this winter. This decision in no way affects his commitment to the Energy Team challenge to conquer the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship - Hardesty extends + Video
Etchells Worlds,
On Day 4 of the 2011 Etchells World Championship regatta in San Diego, CA, one race was scheduled. Eager to gain the early edge, and appearing to see a perceived advantage in the center/left of the line, boats piled over the start line early near the center R/C start boat Corinthian for the first General Recall.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing on San Francisco Bay - First Images!
Erik Simonson,
Oracle Racing has been out sailing for the first time on San Francisco Bay, today. The two AC45's feature new graphics from those seen at their launch in Auckland, ahead of next week's media functions and announcement/outing of the teams who have been accepted/remain as Challengers in the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 day four for Team Tunnicliffe
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011's day four conditions were nearly perfect as racing got underway at 9:30 this morning for the repecharge group.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for for Gold day four + Video
Jo Grindley,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 has seen a relative calm come over Weymouth Bay on day four which is a relief after the battering of the previous day.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing to continue AC45 racing in San Francisco
Sail-World,
America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) will conduct testing sessions on San Francisco Bay beginning on Monday June 13th, ahead of the first America's Cup World Series event in Cascais in August. Oracle Racing will participate in the sessions with two AC45 wing-sailed catamarans - the same boats the Cup teams will be racing over the next two years in the AC World Series.... [more]
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US Multihull Championships 2011 preview
Jake Fish,
U.S. Youth Multihull Championship for the Arthur J. Stevens Trophy is being held on 10th to 12th June, followed by U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Trophy on 15th to 18th June. Both events will be hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, Calif.... [more]
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2011 Senior & Masters Naples Sabot Nationals - Perfect conditions
Nancy Mellon,
The turning basin in Newport Harbor in Southern California was filled with thirty-seven Naples Sabot sails on June 4 and 5 as Balboa Yacht Club hosted the annual Senior Sabot Nationals for the International Naples Sabot Association (I.N.S.A.). The conditions were perfect with good wind, sunshine and favorable tide. Race management by Don Becker was praised by many as the best.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship day three - Clarity at the top + Video
Etchells Worlds,
In Race 6 of the Etchells World Championship a few boats were OCS but in general a clean start was had. Each mark rounding had a different set of leaders.... [more]
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New life jacket world record by Read, Set, Inflate!
Rachel Johnson,
New Life Jacket World Record has been set by the second annual Ready, Set, Inflate!... [more]
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Transpac 2011: Enduring the commute
Kimball Livingston,
When it comes to classic distance races, each of them has a regional base and regardless of how many boats from around the globe venture out for Sydney-Hobart, it's the Australians who make a religion of that race.... [more]
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