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Perth 2011 - The Action Starts Soon—Sailing News from U.S. and Beyond

USA 470 team of Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Farrar are excited about the wind and upcoming Perth 2011 regatta - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships  Shauna McGee Kinney

For Olympic and One Design sailors, the 2011 ISAF World Championships, to be held from 3-18 December in Perth, Australia, is the regatta of the year.

For USA SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) sailors, this event serves as the second—and final—U.S. Olympic Team Selection Event; serious business for dedicated athletes who have devoted years of their lives to their Olympic dreams. 'All of the training and preparation done by USSTAG athletes over the past three and a half years will come together in Perth,' said Dean Brenner, Olympic Sailing Committee Chairman. 'The Olympic Sailing Committee structured the U.S. Olympic Team selection process to align with our primary mission of fielding a team that gives the U.S. the best possible chances of success at the Games. And international competition at the highest level is what will best prepare America's athletes for the Olympic Games.'

Sail-World has Los Angeles sailor Shauna McGee Kinney and Publisher Rob Kothe reporting from Perth. Today we are running an interview with the USTAG 470 coach Romain Boussaid and another with Paige and Zach Railey.

We are following the USTAG team closely, as we will in Weymouth with the largest sailing media team at the 2012 Olympic venue and I will be there following the fortunes of our team.

By the end of the Perth event, we will know the names of 13 of the total 16 U.S. Olympic Team members who will be representing the States at Weymouth, England next summer. Stay tuned for more news from Perth as it develops, and check out this issue for more info on the USSTAG sailors competing in Australia from this weekend.

Banque Populaire V - Jules Verne Trophy 2011  

Meanwhile, the maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V, under the steady hand of skipper Loick Peyron, is making serious progress towards the team's goal of establishing a new Jules Verne Trophy (JVT) record. The team has now crossed the equator, setting a new standard for this patch of ocean for JVT chasers and making the necessary offerings to Poseidon. 'We were lucky to get a special party organized by Xavier Revil,' reported crewmember Jean-Baptiste Le Vaillant. 'It was mainly for Ronan Lucas' 'Noddy', a small toy given to him by his son before leaving and was not yet inducted. It was finally the only rookie on board! We were a bit nervous to try to break down the record and conditions as the routings helped us a lot. Even the clouds did not stop us much.' While sea state conditions sound a bit rough onboard, the sailors are no doubt focusing on the next few days when the wind and wave angles will become user-friendlier.

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France finishes third on leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa.  Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©

Also offshore, Groupama crossed the finishing line of Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), arriving in Cape Town, South Africa in third place. 'Third is not that bad, some others are in a much worse position,' said Groupama skipper Franck Cammas. 'But we are disappointed because especially at the end of the leg, we didn't get to come back on the others.'

Amongst the teams to have suffered serious breakage, progress is being made. Puma Ocean Racing's new mast is en route to Cape Town, and the team is scrambling (and hitting a few golf balls in the middle of nowhere) to get their stricken Mar Mostro to Cape Town for the start of the in-port racing. Be sure to check out the various reports from Puma's camp.

GOR Leg 2 start in Table Bay - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Global Ocean Race

Speaking of Cape Town, Leg Two of the Global Ocean Race has begun, taking racers from the storied waters below Table Mountain to Wellington, New Zealand. The six-strong fleet will tackle some 7,000 miles of ocean, with an ETA in New Zealand of sometime after Christmas. The father-and-son duo of Ross and Campbell Field, aboard their Class 40 BSL, quickly resumed the lead position, and are solidly looking to be the boat to beat after winning Leg One. More, inside.

And finally, check out the third-generation Clipper Around the World Race boats, which are currently emerging from their molds. While sea trials are still a ways off, the new breed looks sportier and more interesting than the race's current offshore workhorses.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Perth 2011 - US Paige Railey and US Zach Railey - Two of us
Shauna McGee Kinney,
The US is hoping to see two Raileys single-handed at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Raileys are brother and sister and are among the top US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics sailors. Paige Railey is one of the world's top Laser Radial sailors and her brother, Zach Railey, is a 2008 Silver Medalist and world-class sailor in the Finn.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - US athletes look to clinch Olympic Team spot
Dana Paxton,
ISAF Sailing World Championship - It all comes down to one regatta for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes looking to clinch a U.S. Olympic Team spot. The ISAF Sailing World Championship will serve as the second and final U.S. Olympic Team Selection Event in the nine Olympic fleet racing events. It is also the country qualification regatta where USA will look to secure an Olympic berth... [more]
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US Coach Romain Bonnaud - Calling the Layline for Perth 2011
Shauna McGee Kinney,
US 470 Coach - Romain Bonnaud is calling the layline for the USTAG Men's and Women's teams training for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championship.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – Britain's Laser Gold Medallist takes the long view
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
Leading up to Beijing 2008 Olympics, British Laser champion Paul Goodison had a dominant 18 months, winning both test events and finishing off that campaign with an Olympic Gold Medal. Already selected for the London Olympics 2012, Goodison has a different focus to the rest of the Laser fleet heading into Perth 2011.... [more]
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Accessibility the key to success for Perth
Perth 2011 News Service,
Traditionally, sailing is not really a spectator friendly sport but, all of that will be changing when the Perth 2011 ISAF World Sailing Championships get underway off Fremantle. 'You will get as close to sailing as you can,' promised Perth 2011 chairman, Ian Campbell. 'We hope that it brings sailing to a lot of people.'... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Team Maclaren ready for Perth
Anna Tunnicliffe,
ISAF Sailing World Championships – Team Maclaren finalise their preparations for Perth 2011: We wrapped up the practice regatta on Tuesday afternoon in perfect conditions. We sailed a good regatta and finished secondoverall. We had great racing against all teams in conditions that varied from 2-10kt, auto tacks in a dying gradient breezes, up to 20-25kt sea breeze.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing back in boat mode
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM onboard Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Don't lose the faith. Don't lose the faith, no matter what. That's been the message around here. We think we know what caused the rig to fall and end our leg, which brings some degree of comfort to the situation, but nobody is dwelling.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race Leg 2 - Fleet spend first full day at sea
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) double-handed Class40s have spent the first full day at sea on leg 2 from Cape Town to Wellington. The fleet were beating close inshore towards the Cape of Good Hope in strong headwinds before the breeze slackened.... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup – A truly international regatta
Phuket King's Cup Media,
The 25th annual Phuket King's Cup regatta, which will run from December 3rd to 10th in Phuket, Thailand has attracted one of the most diverse international fleets in the world. Thailand is a perfectly located sailing paradise and in the year the event celebrates its quarter century, it has attracted skippers from 15 countries in the keelboat class of the regatta alone.... [more]
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Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta and Maxi Yacht Cup–Hetairos in first
Jill Campbell,
Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta and Maxi Yacht Cup – The 2011-launched, 66 metre Baltic Yachts ketch Hetairos was the first superyacht to complete the regatta at 00.03 a.m. GMT on 30th November. After eight days, 10 hours, 58 minutes and 30 seconds of navigation, the yacht crossed the finish line located off Saba Rock... [more]
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A Closer Look At The Sydney Yachts GTS43
Crosbie Lorimer,
'How do you beat that?' might be a fair question when contemplating the next generation successors to the hugely popular range of Sydney Yachts, best epitomised in the Sydney 38 (some 50 yachts race in Australia), the Sydney 32, and more recently to the CR range of custom and production cruiser racers.... [more]
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Images of the Volvo Ocean Race: Groupama arrives in Cape Town
Paul Todd and Ian Roman,
Top international photographers, Paul Todd and Ian Roman were on hand to capture the action when Groupama (Franck Cammas) crossed the line in third place at the finish of the first leg of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - New mast in transit for Puma's Mar Mostro
Kimo Worthington,
Getting Puma Mar Mostro's new mast to Cape Town for the start of the next leg of the Volvo Ocean Race has not been without its problems as Kimo Worthington explains. 'As of Tuesday morning, a ship was booked. The next day, the ship got cancelled. We had to start a new list all over again. '... [more]
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St.Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012 entries roll in
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta,
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta 2012 is just few months away and organizers are pleased to see the entries coming in. Brad Van Liew's Open 60, Le Pingouin, has entered and Antilope will have world famous Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking aboard.... [more]
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Melges 32 Gold Cup Regatta preview
Joy Dunigan,
Gold Cup Regatta presents the perfect opportunity for teams to steer south and enjoy some warmer weather, while offering three solid days of the best and most challenging racing conditions in the world. Gold Cup also marks the start of a very exciting 2012 international racing calendar and is designated as event number one of the three-part Midwinter Championship Series.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet begin Leg 2 from Cape Town
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - At 12:00 GMT (14:00 local) on Tuesday, the six, double-handed Class40 fleet crossed the start line of leg two from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand. Ahead of the fleet are approximately 7,000 miles and around one month of racing through the high latitudes of the Indian Ocean with a finish line ETA shortly after Christmas.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Brutal onboard Groupama 4
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - The struggle to Cape Town continues for the beleaguered Groupama 4 (Franck Cammas/FRA). Overnight the team made little or no progress, covering just 140 nautical miles in 24 hours and averaging 5.9 knots, but at 1000 UTC today, as the team hooked into a new low-pressure system, it was a question of slowing the boat down as she raced towards the finish at over 18 knots.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race preview
KPMS,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2011 starts from Sydney Harbour on 26 December at 13.00 AEDT. 26 December is normally a day of rest for those that celebrate Christmas wholeheartedly, using the opportunity to relax from the feasting and excess. Not so the crews of the 93 yachts currently aiming to be on the start line of the 67th Rolex Sydney Hobart.... [more]
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Third generation Clipper Race fleet takes shape
Anna Wardley,
The very first of a new 12-strong fleet of Clipper 70s has now been released from its mould as the construction of an expanded fleet for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race makes progress on schedule ahead of its completion in the coming year. This is the first of an order for twelve identical new Castro-designed yachts, with an option on four more.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: From the Spanish Castle to the Golf Course - Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race looks back to a time of hope and ambition for all six teams as they left Alicante, Spain bound for Cape Town, South Africa. The first hour long video on all the action from the first leg will be run on 3rd December.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 36
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for November 28, 2011... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race spells more grief for Groupama 4
Sophie Luther,
As action in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 continues to unfold, Groupama 4 awakes from a hard day's night. At 1900 in the evening, the trailing Groupama 4 was in for even more grief and would continue to wallow and make slow progress in the light and fickle wind conditions.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships head to Perth in 5 days
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - In just five days' time the sailing world will converge upon Perth, Australia. Over 1,100 sailors from 78 nations will compete in the ten Olympic events as they look to claim World Championship glory and qualify their nations for the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Real-time coaching makes debut in Malaysia
Dobbs Davis,
WMRT Monsoon Cup - Borrowing from the motor sports world, where the driver is in constant contact with his crew via radio comms, real-time coaching made its debut in the Quarter-Finals yesterday. Rule 41 of the Racing Rules of Sailing which normally prohibits ‘outside assistance' has been amended here, so that coaches have been allowed to give advice and insight to their team via radio.... [more]
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49 Nations entered for the Opti Worlds 2011 at Napier
Nathalie van Dort,
Optimist World Sailing Championships organisers were today thrilled to receive an entry from the Nigerian team taking the total number of countries coming to Napier to compete up to 49! The most popular sailing event worldwide – the Optimist World Championship is only 38 days away.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Preview Perth 2011
Robert Deaves,
There is now less than a week until the start of the Finn Gold Cup at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia. For many sailors, as is the case with most classes, this will be their main trials for Olympic selection. Some sailors have already been given the nod, but for others, the battle continues, while also of course keeping an eye on the more important country selection... [more]
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