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U.S.Olympic Sailing - getting stronger — the hottest sailing news

US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Finn class rep, Zach Railey  Otto Kasch

Can the U.S. return to its number one sailing ranking?? Check out Rob Kothe's piece on the U.S.'s strong Olympic sailing tradition and its proud future, in the form of the US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG). Kothe talks with American Finn representative, Zach Railey, to get his thoughts on the organizational changes that will in time return the American Olympic squad to the top of the leaderboard.

'The change in U.S. selection criteria and better funding has meant that there is now a much bigger group of U.S. sailors competing on the international scene and that in time will yield results,' said Railey. 'The funding progress that US SAILING has made over the 10 years, I don't think, has been equaled by any other sailing federation in the world. Ten years ago we used to get $2,500 for the entire year.' Get the full scoop, inside.

Also Olympic-related, get the full report from the Pan American Games, where Team USA is headed into this week's medal races in fine form. 'We're going to let it all hang out tomorrow,' said Jody Lutz, skipper of the super hot American Lightning team. 'It's the first time in the Pan Am Games for us, and we have a chance to gold medal tomorrow. I guess I couldn't ask for more than that.' More, inside.

In the Global Ocean Race, the double-handed fleet of Class 40 raceboats are separated into two distinct groups, with Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron (Campagne de France) and the father-and-son team of Ross and Campbell Field (BSL) enjoying a 600-mile lead over the four other boats that are further astern. Over the weekend, BSL took the lead from Campagne de France, who had been carrying the torch forward for an impressive 24 days.

Rough conditions for Phesheya-Racing - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Phesheya Racing

Sound like a case of the rich getting richer? Currently, a high-pressure system is causing problems for the group of four, delivering strong headwinds that don't bring out the Class 40's best sailing attributes. 'You sail up the back of the wave and suddenly there is nothing and the boat comes crashing down with an almighty great big smack,' reported Phillippa Hutton-Squire, aboard Phesheya-Racing. 'The whole boat shakes while you grab something to hold onto, close your eyes and hope that everything will be OK. When this happens twice a minute, you start to get a little frustrated and start talking to the sea and the boat!'
Alegre GBR - Rolex Middle Sea Race 2011  Kurt Arrigio


Also in this issue, get the latest from the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Clipper Around the World Race, the Championship of Champions, and the mind-boggling news that Paul Larsen and his Sailrocket 2 team are now 'getting used' to sailing at speeds north of 50 knots. Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Perth 2011 – a big U.S. team and a watershed for U.S. Olympic sailing
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Since sailing first joined the Olympic program in 1908 the most successful sailing nation has been the United States of America, with 59 medals. At the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics the U.S. led the field with seven sailing medals, while Great Britain took home just one bronze.... [more]
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Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale!
Marine Business-World.com,
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Waiting for the wind + short video
Paul Larsen,
We took the opportunity to re-skin the wing where it needed it.... [more]
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Linda Elias Memorial Women's One-Design Challenge
Rick Roberts,
Eight all-women teams from throughout Southern California ran seven races over two days in the same boats and venue used for the legendary Congressional Cup.... [more]
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Bic Techno 'Endless Summer' Video
Patrik Pollak,
It's October and some parts of Europe are already covered in snow but 'Techno endless summer' still continues in Cagliari, Sardinia.... [more]
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U.S Sailors claim four Silver, two Bronze medals at Pan American Games
Dana Paxton,
The U.S. earned silver in the J/24, Lightning, Snipe and Sunfish classes. Among the U.S. silver medalists was the Lightning team of skipper Jody Lutz (Brick, N.J.) and crew Jay Lutz (Houston, Texas) and Derek Gauger (Ann Arbor, Mich.)... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Decision time arrives for fleet
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race 2011-12 has now began week four with a fast dash south for fleet leaders Campagne de France and BSL as a high-pressure system north-east of the Falkland Islands was predicted to spread across the South Atlantic and shut the door for a downwind Leg 1 finish line in Cape Town, South Africa.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet face ultimate drawbridge
KPMS,
The Rolex Middle Sea Race's 70 strong fleet set out on Saturday, 22 October and are now headed towards the Sunday evening sunset. A handful of boats in the fleet have found themselves facing the ultimate drawbridge, the Strait of Messina.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race – High pressure forces split in fleet
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - It's all set for a nail biting final week of the race from Cape Town to Geraldton Western Australia as all of the teams make their move north towards the finish line. The high pressure system, which has dominated proceedings in the last few days, is still influencing decisions of the tacticians on board the ten 68-foot ocean racing yachts... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race Fleet head towards notorious Messina Strait
KPMS,
Rolex Middle Sea Race - Overnight, the fleet parked up off the coast of Sicily near Catania – in the shadows of Mount Etna. So far, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) and Rán (GBR) were the lone boats to have slipped through the Messina Strait, Esimit around 0330 Sunday morning, followed by Rán at 0830. Esimit, which rounded Stromboli four hours later, has since slowed down, and leads Rán by about 50 miles.... [more]
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Pan American Games - US primed for podium finishes
Dana Paxton,
Pan American Games - Following another strong showing Saturday, Team USA enters Sunday's medal races in podium position in six of the nine classes being contested in the regatta at the Vallarta Yacht Club. With 10 races in the books, the U.S. leads the J/24 and Snipe classes, stands second in the Laser Radial, Lightning and Sunfish classes and ranks third in the women's Windsurfing class.... [more]
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US Sailing Championship of Champions success for Eagan duo
Jake Fish,
The US Sailing Championship of Champions victory for 2011 was taken on Saturday by the Eagan brothers, skipper Andrew (Metairie, La.) and crew Marcus (Madisonville, La.). The duo took the lead after the first race on Friday and never looked back. They won by an impressive 36 point margin over skipper Mike Gillum (Loomis, Calif.), who sailed this week with his wife Mardi and his daughter Alison... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race speeds increase
KPMS,
The Rolex Middle Sea Race is now under way. The fleet is making better than expected progress. The fleet is closing in on the Strait of Messina with race leader Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) approximately 65 nautical miles from Messina.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Slow progress in light conditions
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia, the first team to commence the Ocean Sprint, has reported slow progress in light, fluky winds as the massive high pressure system lingers over the fleet. Richard Hewson and his team crossed the start point at 90 degrees east at 1348 UTC yesterday. They have yet to reach the finish at 95 degrees east... [more]
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Pan American Games sailing regatta -Team USA Sailors well positioned
Dan Paxton,
Heading into the scheduled 'lay day,' Team USA leads in the Lightning and the J/24 classes and stands in medal position in three others through six races of the Pan American Games sailing regatta at the Vallarta Yacht Club.... [more]
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Rolex Middle Sea Race - Fleet all set in Malta
KPMS,
The Rolex Middle Sea Race will get underway with its 32nd edition tomorrow. The sixty-nine boat fleet are tied up in Marsamxett Harbour in Malta all set to race. The race continues to draw a truly international cast of boats and crews with entries from 16 countries. Still the highest concentration is Italy with 26 entries, followed by Malta and the United Kingdom, with nine each.... [more]
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AC World Series San Diego - Edmond de Rothschild Group team with Aleph
Kate Jennings,
The America's Cup World Series will undertake its third edition in San Diego, California from 12-20 November. It has now been announced that Pierre Pennec, Christophe Espagnon, and Thierry Fouchier of Edmond de Rothschild Group will be sailing aboard the AC45 Aleph – Equipe de France for the event.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Getting used to 50 knots
Paul Larsen,
Well yesterday turned into a pretty wild day. The way the morning was unfolding we knew the wind was going to outperform the forecast. Sailrocket 2 had up to now done four runs within a knot of 50 knots. Two over and two under. We weren't sure if we had hit some sort of flow phenomena relating to the radical new foil around this speed.... [more]
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U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta preview
Dana Paxton,
U.S. Olympic Team Qualifying Regatta - On October 26 the nation's top Olympic hopefuls in Women's Match Racing will begin competition in Miami, Fla. Organized by US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport, the Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) and Key Biscayne Yacht Club, the ISAF Grade 3 event is scheduled for Oct. 26-30... [more]
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US Sailing ISAF Youth World Qualifier equipment announced
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee has announced the equipment for the US Sailing's 2012 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Youth Worlds Qualifier. The event will take place January 13-16, 2012 at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, California.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – World Sailor of Year aims for Olympic Gold, America's Cup
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
As a youngster growing up on Australia's east coast he did not like sailing; he was bribed by his sisters to crew for them, at 20c a race. But he was 2010 World Sailor of the Year, has four World Championship titles, is one of the hottest Olympic Gold Medal Prospects and has now joined the America's Cup scene.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 punching through 54 knots
Paul Larsen,
Just a quick one to say that we have punched through 54 knots, 62 mph and 100 kmh. The fun part is that we did it two up and Vestas Sailrocket 2 was far from optimally trimmed.... [more]
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NSHOF historic first induction dedicated to Walter Cronkite
Jan Harley,
The induction of 15 sailors into the National Sailing Hall of Fame during ceremonies that will be dedicated to the memory of Walter Cronkite (1916-2009).... [more]
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Sailing Hall of Fame induction dedicated to Walter Cronkite
National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame,
The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame has announced that the first annual Induction of 15 people to the National Sailing Hall of Fame will be dedicated to the Memory of Walter Cronkite, an avid sailor who served as Honorary Chair on the NSHOF Board of Advisors from September 14, 2006 until his passing on July 17, 2009.... [more]
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