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Gathering Speed

Pay any attention to sailing news and one subject that has continually been generating ink as of late is the America's Cup. But unlike years prior, this ink is positive, namely, how the Defender and the Challenger of Record intend to restore the Cup to its former halcyon days.

The latest plot twist in this ongoing saga pertains to the number of hulls that will be used to determine the winner of the 34th Cup and to also generate the most mass-media interest. Given the dismal U.S. coverage of this past February's Deed of Gift match, there's little wonder that the powers that be are seriously interested in change.

During the week of July 22-25, AC organizers and the Media Evaluation Team plan to stage a media experiment off of Valencia, Spain, to try and gauge what sort of boat will hold the most appeal to the largest swath of viewers.

The team will use a pair of Extreme 40 cats and dual RC44's, both equipped with HD and 3D cameras, and will also experiment with a variety of racing formats to determine which is likely to have the broadest appeal.

Compared to the torrents of negativity, legal musings and tomfoolery that flooded the press a year ago, this is brave new attitude of pulling fans in—rather than sending them scurrying for the relative safety of mainstream sports— is clearly a huge improvement.

Meanwhile, at the Laser Radial Worlds, in Largs, Scotland, Americans Paige Railey of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics and Mitchell Kiss of the US Sailing Development Team have both earned bronze medals after the final day of racing was abandoned.

This regatta was fraught with huge weather swings, from no wind to a 40-knot buster. Impressively, Kiss is the youngest member of the US Sailing Development Team; keep this talented 15-year old on your radar, as we will likely be seeing a lot more of him in the future.

On the east coast, the fabled New York Yacht Club race week kicks off on Saturday, July 17. Be sure to check in for the latest from this action-packed fleet.

And for a visual feast, ace shooters Sander van der Borch and Dave Kneale have provided fine collections of images from the Delta Lloyd IFDS 2.4m, SKUD18 and Sonar Worlds, and from Day Four of the Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds (respectively).

Fair winds and following seas,


David Schmidt



America's Cup organizers plan lab experiment off Valencia
BMW Oracle Racing,
America's Cup - monohull or multihull? With that question in mind, event planners have scheduled four days of trials here to develop methods for making the racing more enthralling for fans, more challenging for crews and better portrayed on television screens around the world.... [more]
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USSTAG's Railey, USSDT's Kiss win bronze at Laser Radial Worlds
Marni Lane,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' (USSTAG) Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) and US Sailing Development Team's (USSDT) Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.) conquered a wide range of conditions to win bronze medals in the women's and men's divisions, respectively, at the Laser Radial World Championship in Largs, Scotland.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Weather continues to wreak havoc
James Boyd,
The boats were sent out in the morning only for conditions to prove far too brisk for the majority of the fleet, which were duly sent home. With wind against tide further increasing the severity of the waves in the afternoon, it wasn't until the early evening that the final races of the qualification series could be held and even then this was only possible in the two Women's groups.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Summer Classic regattas go back-to-back
CMRC Media,
Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) Summer Classic A & B regattas get back-to-back start tomorrow with ISAF Grade 3 match race action off the Belmont Harbor waterfront, followed on Sunday with the two-day CMRC Summer Classic B regatta. Both events feature nine men's and women's teams.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Final race underway
Clipper Ventures,
The ten yachts competing in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race have begun the last stage of their 35,000-mile challenge and are racing across the North Sea from Ijmuiden, Netherlands, to their final destination, the Humber in north east England.... [more]
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Images from Medemblijk: IFDS Worlds - 2.4 class
Sander van der Borch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borch presents a gallery of images taken of the competitors in the 2.4 class at the IFDS Worlds sailed in Medemblijk, Netherlands. We've tried to feature a few closeups, so Sail-World readers can see the conditions and issues under which these sailors compete, and how their yachts are adapted.... [more]
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Images from Medemblijk: IFDS Worlds - SKUD18 class
Sander van der Borch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borch presents a gallery of images taken of the competitors in the SKUD18 class at the IFDS Worlds sailed in Medemblijk, Netherlands. We've tried to feature a few closeups, so Sail-World readers can see the conditions and issues under which these sailors compete, and how their yachts are adapted.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Race Week kicks off Saturday, July 17
Media Pro Int'l,
Seven days of racing, 147 competing boats, 11 divisions, two National Championships, one North American Championship, 1200 sailors and one great sailing town of Newport. It all adds up to New England's favorite regatta – New York Yacht Club's (NYYC) Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex... [more]
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Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds: Images from Day 4 at Istanbul
Dave Kneale,
Top international photographer, Dave Kneale, presents this galley of images from the fourth day of racing at the Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships being sailed at Istanbul, Turkey. Images today from the RS:X and 29er courses... [more]
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Images from Medemblijk: IFDS Worlds - Sonar class
Sander van der Borch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borch presents a gallery of images taken of the competitors in the Sonar class at the IFDS Worlds sailed in Medemblijk, Netherlands. We've tried to feature a few closeups, so Sail-World readers can see the conditions and issues under which these sailors compete, and how their yachts are adapted.... [more]
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - Penultimate day
ISAF,
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championships penultimate day saw shifty winds in Istanbul. For the third day in a row the Istanbul sun burned down on the Marmara Sea and competitors were held ashore until the winner of the battle between the land breeze and the sea breeze was decided.... [more]
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IYRS Gala hosts record crowd
Cynthia Goss,
A record crowd of some 700 guests flocked to the International Yacht Restoration School on Saturday, July 10 to attend the school's 13th Annual Summer Gala sponsored by US Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management and Lexus.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland facilities unavailable for non-contracted teams
WPNSA,
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has now made contractual arrangements with a number of international teams to use the venue as a training facility and is not currently able to accommodate any other ‘non contracted' teams to launch and recover boats from the WPNSA venue.... [more]
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Mackinac Race 2010 - Registration Friday!
www.byc.com,
Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race registrations are on Friday, July 16 from 0900-1600 at Race Headquarters in Port Huron.... [more]
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Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds: Images from Day 3 at Istanbul
Dave Kneale,
Top international photographer, Dave Kneale, presents this galley of images from the third day of racing at the Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships being sailed at Istanbul, Turkey. Images today from the RS:X and 29er courses... [more]
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Tour de France a la Voile - Race win for American Groovederci team
Tour de France à la Voile,
Tour de France à la Voile. The winner was Groovederci. A great result for the American team led by Deneen Demourkas. For sure, sailing with no wind is something you want to avoid even though Groovederci made the best of it. It is the first time the American team have succeeded in this offshore race.... [more]
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Anna Tunnicliffe - Laser Radial Worlds seventh place overall
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe - Laser Radial Worlds ended today with no racing, and Finland's Sari Mutala successfully defending her World Championship title over Netherlands' Marit Bouwmeester. My USSTAG team mate Paige Railey ended up tied for third, winning the tie breaker. I managed to rally back to a seventh place overall.... [more]
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - Heating up literally
ISAF,
After the scheduled lay day, Wednesday dawned with another hot and hazy day on the Bay of Marmara at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Istanbul.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship day 6 - Champions crowned
Laser Worlds,
Laser Radial World Championships 6-25th July, Largs, Scotland - It is never an especially satisfying way to win world titles, but with no racing on the final two days of the Laser Radial World Championships at Largs Finland's Sari Multala and Poland's Marcin Rudawski prevailed and were piped up on to the podium this evening as the 2010 world champions.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships - Wind up but early home
Delta Lloyd 470 News,
Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships 2010 - For the first day so far, the wind conditions at sea in front of The Hague allowed racing to get away on time for the three groups in the Men's division and the two in the Women's. Today the wind was typically above 10 knots, gusting up to 18 on the men's course, the tide still pushing the doublehanders over the start line early.... [more]
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International 470 Class Association President Kassarov latest news
470 Class,
International 470 Class Association has introduced some new measures for the present Delta Lloyd World Championship in the Hague after classes are attempting more than ever to maintain their spot in the Olympic Games.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships - Globalising the 470
Delta Lloyd 470 News,
ISAF Olympic Commission report the number of nations taking part was identified as being one of the shortcomings of sailing as an Olympic sport. For example at this week's 470 World Championships there are 39 nations represented. This is a very high number when compared to other events in sailing, but up against other Olympic sports it is small.... [more]
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Extreme 40 World Championship - Hagara brothers on day one
Emily Caroe,
Extreme 40 World Championship competitors, the Hagara brothers, demonstrated their sibling rivalry is as strong as ever as they stole the show in the first day.... [more]
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Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Delicate Balance's story
Delicate Balance,
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - I still took us another day and a half to sail out of the rough conditions and we were pooped several more times. We deployed our Aquair towed generator, but the connection sparked and smoked and we had to retrieve it. It connects through an opening port in the cockpit.... [more]
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IFDS World Championship - USSTAG's Whitman and Dorsett win silver
Marni Lane,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members Scott Whitman (Brick, N.J.) and Julia Dorsett (West Chester Pa./Boca Raton, Fla.) scored a silver medal in the 12-boat SKUD-18 fleet at the 2010 IFDS World Championship... [more]
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Pacific Cup 2010 - Southern Californian 'Horizon' leads the pack
Pacific Cup 2010,
Pacific Cup 2010 update: Bill Lee, the wizard of 'Fast is Fun,' must be smiling. Three of his iconic Santa Cruz 50 designs occupy the top three spots as the fleets pass the halfway mark in the 2010 Pacific Cup.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships appoints host broadcaster
ISAF,
International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has appointed Sunset+Vine|APP as the Host Broadcaster for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Marinalife announces 'Best Marina' contest winners
MarinaLife,
Marinalife is pleased to announce the winners of its 10th Anniversary Best Marina contest: Nantucket Boat Basin, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, for Best Transient Marina; and Haven Harbour Marina, in Rock Hall, Maryland, for Best Customer Service.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Two Women skippers take on the men
Colin Wilson - Bermuda Sun,
Two of the world's finest women's match racing skippers will grace the island's surf during October's Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton Harbor.... [more]
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ICSA All-Academic team nominations sought
Matthew Lindblad,
The ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team recognizes those scholar athletes who have distinguished themselves in national and intersectional competition, while achieving the highest levels of academic excellence. The ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team (AAST) was inaugurated in 2006, and joins the ICSA All-American Sailing Team, which recognizes outstanding competitive performance only.... [more]
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Hobie 16 - The countdown to the 19th Hobie 16 World Championships
Anthony Duchatel,
The countdown to the 19th Hobie 16 World Championship has commenced. Billed as one of the top international events in China following the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 Shanghai World Expo its also likely to be the largest single class catamaran series ever to be held with up to 400 sailors from nearly 30 countries participating in youth, women's, masters, grandmasters and open competition.... [more]
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2010 Laser Radial Worlds - No wind, no racing, result: Counting sheep
Anna Tunnicliffe,
2010 Laser Radial Worlds, Largs, Scotland - With a promising forecast, the 2010 Laser Radial Worlds' race committee sent us all out at 11am this morning for a noon start. Unfortunately, just as the race committee began to get things underway to start a race, the wind faded and the postponement flag went back up to delay the racing.... [more]
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US Windsurfing National Championships 2010 start July 20th
David Wells,
2010 Starboard Severne US Windsurfing National Championships start July 20th in San Francisco and run through July 24th.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Racing in challenging conditions
James Boyd,
After a first day lost initially to too little wind and then too much, it was with considerable relief that three races for the Men and two for the Women could be held off the Hague today at the Delta Lloyd 470 World Championship.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championships - Frustrating day
Laser Radial Worlds,
At the Laser Radial World Championships more than five hours of frustrating drifting on the Clyde off Largs today proved to be in vain for the sailors awaiting racing.... [more]
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Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Warm with squalls
Ed Watson,
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - For a sailor from the Canadian west coast, (or from the Pacific Northwest of the USA) it's an odd feeling sailing in water warmer than the air temperature outside. But those conditions are now facing the Vic Maui boats as the leaders enter what is potentially their last couple of days sailing.... [more]
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Pac Cup 2010 - 21 foot Pocket Rocket and Pocket Rocket Skipper leads
Pac Cup 2010,
Pacific Cup 2010 As the sun rose on the fleet this Bastille Day, Pocket Rocket, the tiny Mini Transat design, was the closest boat to Hawaii. Sailing with only two aboard, and starting with the Doublehanded 2 fleet on Tuesday, July 6, Emma and her Rocket have used the head start to great advantage.... [more]
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