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 06 Apr 2013
 


Perfect Palma weather - Wish you were here?

Under sunny skies - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre 2013  Sail-World.com ©
Excellent weather for the start of the Olympic class regatta season in Europe at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, here in Mallorca. The weather has been kind. There has been some postponed starts but it is a beautiful day here this Friday in Palma. 19 degrees at 3pm , when it was a bracing seven degrees in Weymouth.

The fleet is impressive in total numbers but it mustn't be forgotten that back in 2009, before the global financial crisis had really deepened, the numbers were much greater at this regatta.

For this Sailing World Cup event, we have another experimental format. Antonio Gonzalez de la Madrid, the Sailing World Cup Manager, says ISAF is looking feedback. Feedback they are obviously going to get.

Sail-World has been hard pressed to find anybody who actually likes the format amongst the coaches and sailors.

Luke Patience & Joe Glanfield, 470 Men - 2013 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre  Thom Touw ©

Britain's Giles Scott, Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield, amongst the top performers here all feel the first three days of the event have been devalued.

Laser Radial GBR GBR-202411 3 Alison Young - 44th Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre

With Australian supercoach Victor Kovelenko blasting it and Wil van Bladel, the Belgian Laser Radial coach dryly commenting that it was not exactly motivating for the top sailors.

What the new format has done is to effectively shorten up the regatta and increase the level of chance over the last few days.

44 TROFEO S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre, day 4 - GBR-41 29 Giles Scott  © Jesus Renedo / Sofia Mapfre

A number of the top Laser Standard contenders commented today the effect has been not to reward consistency but to ensure that the final one day would be a very close event and the winning of the whole regatta would depend on who sailed well on the final day.

If that's what the World cup organisers and ISAF see as the way forward... After all, follow that route with a 35 boat Olympic fleet and you could wrap up the racing in just two days. perhaps it needs a little rethinking

We will leave you to read more on this and other events in your own time.


Jedda Murphy and the Sail-World.com Team



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Robert Deaves,
At the 2013 Singha OK Dinghy World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, Roger Blasse (AUS) has taken the title after placing second in the only race sailed on the final day. Nick Craig (GBR) took the silver while Mike Williams (AUS) took the bronze. The final race was won by defending champion Andre Budzien (GER).... [more]
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ORC World Championship - 100 is a magic number
ORC,
100 is a magic number, and for ORCi World Championships a customary one in the last few years. There were 119 entries in the 2011 ORCi World Championship in Cres, 124 at the 2012 Audi ORCi World Championship in Helsinki, and here in early April it is a number that is approaching fast for organizers of the ORC World Championship 2013, held over June 21-29 in Ancona, Italy.... [more]
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America's Cup: The more things change, the more they remain the same
Richard Gladwell,
Part 2 of the interview with Oracle Team USA's COO, Grant Simmer, whose experience spans nine America's Cup campaigns, including three wins in 1983, 2003 and 2007. Simmer picks up the story, revealing that the launch date for Oracle Team USA's second AC72 will be prior to the end of April, and elaborates on the program through to the end of the America's Cup Match.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Weather expectations from Luke Patience
Daniel Smith,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma is currently underway in Palma de Mallorca. Great Britain's Luke Patience takes us through the weather he's expecting at the Trofeo Princess Sofia Mapfre as well as talking about life on the road and the strive for Olympic glory.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Fleets split on Day 4 + Video
Daniel Smith,
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Finn Class - Briton stays on top
Robert Deaves,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013 - Finn Class. On the first day of the finals series for Finns in Palma de Mallorca, Giles Scott (GBR) took two wins and a second to move into an six point lead from the only other race winner Pieter-Jan Postma (NED). Andrew Mills (GBR) continues his good form to hold onto third place.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Images of Nacra 17s in action on day 4
The Sail-World.com Team,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Images of the action that took place in the Nacra 17 fleet on day four.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Day 4 images from Palma
The Sail-World.com Team,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Images from day four in Palma for the 470 Men, 470 Women, 49er, 49er FX, Finn, Laser Standard, Laser Radial, Nacra 17, RS:X Men and RS:X Women's classes by photographers Jesus Renedo and Nico Martinez.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Finals heat up competition in Palma + Video
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre,
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre - Day 4 images by Thom Touw
The Sail-World.com Team,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre, the final round action has commenced. Photographer Thom Touw was on site during day four to capture this gallery of images. Enjoy!... [more]
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World's tiniest PLB now certified for use
Alan Wrigley/Sail-World Cruising,
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Giles Scott extends lead in Palma
Lindsey Bell,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, Giles Scott continued his ‘holiday' from America's Cup sailing with two wins from three races to extend his lead at the top of the Finn fleet at on Thursday (4 April). The 25-year-old Scott has been taking a sabbatical from the Olympic heavyweight class to work with the Luna Rossa team ahead of this year's Cup, but has returned to his dinghy roots.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Great conditions for the 49ers
49er Class Association,
At the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, today was the first day of gold fleet racing. The 49erFX fleet was sent afloat first and had to work through some unsteadiness as the wind moved left 120 degrees in the first hour. Once things stabilized, the breeze built and the fleet got in three races in fantastic conditions.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Act 2 action underway next week
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 2 of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series gets underway in just one weeks' time and the high-rise, cosmopolitan city of Singapore is getting into gear to host. Eight international teams with 28 World Championship titles, 20 Olympic campaigns and 25 America's Cups between them will line up on the 11th April for four days of intense stadium racing on Marina Bay Reservoir.... [more]
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Les Voiles de St. Barth - 65 strong fleet set for 4th edition
Fabrice Thomazeau,
The fourth edition of Les Voiles de St Barth gets underway on Monday, April 8th. While Europe continues to shiver with a bitter wind coming down from Scandinavia, fans of high quality racing in warm winds and sunshine are eagerly looking towards the magical shores of the Caribbean and more precisely Saint Barth.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship - Blasse extends lead on day 4
Robert Deaves,
At the OK Dinghy World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand, Roger Blasse (AUS) has claimed a commanding lead on day four. Race wins went to Andre Budzien (GER) and Mike Williams (AUS), while Blasse extended his lead to nine points from Nick Craig (GBR) and 11 points from Williams.... [more]
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SailFest to take place at WPNSA
Brenda Hoult,
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Sailing World Cup Palma - Nacra 17 debut for Oberemko and Maslivets
Daniel Smith,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapre 44th edition is currently underway in Palma de Mallorca. Ukraine's Maks Oberemko and Olga Maslivets have swapped the boards for the multihull and are making their Nacra 17 debut at ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma – Trofeo Princess Sofia Mapre.... [more]
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America's Cup: More images from the Hauraki Gulf as NZL5 departs
Chris Cameron,
More images from Emirates Team NZ's NZL5, had her final sail on the Hauraki Gulf on Wednesday, before packing up for San Francisco. Chris Cameron was in the air to catch her final hours in New Zealand.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from the Hauraki Gulf as Emirates Team NZ ends
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ's NZL5, had her final sail on the Hauraki Gulf on Wednesday, before packing up for San Francisco. Chris Cameron was in the air to catch her final hours in New Zealand.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle boss says Kiwis favourites - for the moment
Richard Gladwell,
With just over 20 weeks left on the clock until the start of the 34th America's Cup, Grant Simmer, COO of Defender Oracle Team USA, is playing the usual psychological games, picking challenger Emirates Team New Zealand to win the America's Cup. Emirates Team NZ is the favorite. I would say that they are the favorites to win the Cup, at the moment... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Finn Class - Tricky sailing on Day 3
Robert Deaves,
ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2013. Giles Scott (GBR) took the overall lead in the Finns for the first time on the third day of racing in Palma de Mallorca as the fleet heads into the finals series on Thursday. There were race wins for Giorgio Poggi (ITA) and Tomas Vika (CZE) in less wind than the previous days, with several sailors picking up high scores in the shifty conditions.... [more]
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