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Maxi-Yachts, Finns and Lasers

There's just something about racing maxi yachts that's downright awesome. Big, bold, beautiful, and ungodly expensive to own and maintain, maxi-yacht sailing commands our sport's most elegant perch.

J-Class yachts, RANGER and VELSHEDA - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup  © Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi


Take the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which starts today in Porto Cervo, Italy, and which is being organized by the lovely Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. Here, 49 maxi's, sized between 49 and 148 feet LOA, from 13 different nations, have gathered for one of the year's most anticipated on-the-water showdowns. Boats range in complexity, comfort and design, and include everything from all-out racers to plush racer/cruisers. Also on deck for this year's event is the inaugural Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. This great event will no doubt generate some great yarns and offer some spectacular photo ops.

Speaking of spectacular photo ops for spectacular sailing performances, Australian Tom Slingsby sealed the deal on his third Laser World Championship in four years this weekend. Adding triumph to the already sweet taste of victory is the fact that this ultra-talented Australian just finished winning the Etchells Worlds, along with America's Cup legend John Bertrand and Andrew Palfrey, the week before.

And if that sounds too good to be true, Slingsby also happened to have won this highly sought after title on his 26th birthday. 'It is amazing for me after four and a half months in Europe, to finish off with two world titles in two weeks and today being my birthday, it could not be better.' Sail-World interviewed Tom just a few hours after his win and we will be publishing that interview tomorrow.

The Finn Gold Cup — the other ultra high-end single-handed regatta that's been unfolding on San Francisco Bay this past week—wrapped up, with British ace Ed Wright finishing in first place. Wright, a renowned training fiend in a class that takes serious athleticism to compete at a top level, remarked, 'I was surprised how fit the others guys were out there. But it does make a difference. It's nice to feel fresh each morning. I have put a lot of effort into this year did quite a lot of training over the summer and changed my body shape. Everything was gearing up towards this event. I am really happy.'

Interestingly, Wright also signaled his intention to represent Great Britain in the Finn class at the 2012 Olympics, to be sailed off of Weymouth England. This of course will pit him against long-time Finn sailing great Ben Ainslie for this berth. Stay tuned as this drama unfolds in the years to come.

Ernesto Rodriguez & Mary Hall of the US with winning smiles - Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship  Ives Spritzer
Ernesto Rodriguez & Mary Hall of the US with winning smiles just won the Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship.

On deck this week is the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series, which kicks off in Newport, Rhode Island Tuesday. Twenty-four prominent clubs from around the country have sent their reps to Newport, Rhode Island; the top three boats from this series will go on to represent the U.S. at the NYYC's Invitational Cup, which takes place the following week, also in Newport. Given the rousing success of last year's Invitational Cup, the next two week's are sure to offer some great racing.

Fair winds and following seas,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Day 1 - Sailing giants in Sardinia
Jill Campbell,
The Mini Maxis completed two windward-leeward races, the first started at 12.15 p.m. and saw Alegre - whose crew is a mix of nationalities ranging from the UK, to Spain, New Zealand and South Africa – take victory over Neville Crichton's Shockwave (NZL).... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - US ocean racer sets sail for start
Sarah Hames,
Velux 5 Oceans - American ocean racer Brad Van Liew will today wave goodbye to his family, friends and supporters for the first of many times over the next nine months as he sets sail bound for La Rochelle. Today is Labor Day in the USA, a national holiday, and hundreds of wellwishers are expected to turn out to give the 42-year-old a special send off from his home town of Charleston, SC.... [more]
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PWA - Almanarre, Hyeres, Women's Slalom World Tour Final - Windless
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
With glorious blue skies and a light offshore breeze, sunbathing and swimming were the main activities in Almanarre today. The entire day was spent on standby.... [more]
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ISAF publish 2012 Olympic Qualification System
ISAF,
ISAF has published the 2012 Olympic Qualification System as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition to be staged in Weymouth and Portland will feature 380 athletes competing across 10 events.... [more]
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Mathieu Richard wins the ‘King of the Mountain' in spectacular style
WMRT Media,
Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team won the ‘King of the Mountain' title today in spectacular style, taking a huge stride towards his quest to become the 2010 ISAF Match Racing World Champion. Having toyed with the teams all week at the St. Moritz Match Race, it was on the final day that the Maloja wind truly kicked in, bringing with it a supreme display of match racing for which the... [more]
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Maxi Rolex Cup ready to roll in Porto Cervo
Jill Campbell,
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 racing, which features 49 of the world's largest, fastest and most spectacular racing maxi yachts, is due to start tomorrow, 6th September. Although this is the 21st edition of the regatta organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the fleet of sailing giants docked in Porto Cervo Marina is the largest recorded in recent years.... [more]
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Laser World Championship - Slingsby secures third title
Laser Worlds,
Laser World Championship - With a fourteenth from a dramatic, blustery 14th and final race off England's Hayling Island Australia's Tom Slingsby clinched his third Champion title in four years ahead of Skandia Team GBR's Nick Thompson who took silver.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Second for Team GAC Pindar
Kate Brewer,
World Match Racing Tour 2010 - Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar crew finished runner-up to Mathieu Richard (French Match Racing Team) today at the St Moritz Match Race. The result sees Williams move from fourth to second place in the tour standings after six events.... [more]
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Finn World Champion Wright is crowned
Lindsey Bell,
Finn World Championship - Ed Wright signalled his intent on the sole British Finn berth at the London 2012 sailing event after an emphatic victory in San Francisco on Saturday (4 September), with teammate Giles Scott also claiming bronze.... [more]
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Women's Slalom World Tour 2010 Almanarre, Hyeres, Final – Day Two
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Women's Slalom World Tour 2010 - Gentle winds halt the proceedings on day two of the women's slalom final leaving the sailors to bask in the glorious Mediterranean sunshine on the beautiful beach of Almanarre.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Wright does it right
Robert Deaves,
Ed Wright (GBR) put a wrong to right today in winning the Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco. It has been an enigma of the class that the former world number one had never won a world title.... [more]
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RS:X World Championships - Kerteminde rollercoaster ride
Dansk Sejlunion,
RS:X World Championships - Rollercoaster ride was the best description of today's two final races in Kerteminde, Denmark with victory going to Poland's Piotr Myszka in the Men's class and to Blancha Manchon from Spain in the Women.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: America's Cup 70: A boat for a Cup or Circus?
Richard Gladwell,
On Monday 13 September the boat for the 34th America's Cup is due to be announced, along with the Protocol for that Series. Both decisions will be signed off between the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club, and their Challenger, Club Nautico di Roma - and the die will be cast for first multi challenger America's Cup to be sailed in seven years.... [more]
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Finn Gold Cup - Wright extends
Robert Deaves,
Finn Gold Cup race nine was sailed in 16-20 knots with the right again proving popular with most of the fleet. Race ten turned into a thrilling display of endurance and power as the wind whipped up a confused sea and the downwind became an adrenaline fuelled fun ride.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the America's Cup situation... [more]
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Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship – US Champions
Jerelyn Biehl,
Ernesto Rodriguez and Mary Hall of the US sailed the last race of the Championship and confirmed they are the true champions by winning the last race. The 40 boat fleet representing ten countries and four continents was highly competitive and also a country qualifier for the Pan Am Games to be held in Mexico in 2011.... [more]
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PWA Women's Slalom World Tour Final 2010 – Event Preview
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA slalom season 2010 draws to a close, it's Almanarre that will this time play host to the final all female showdown. Without a male in sight, the women will be able to pack in a race after race in what is certain to be the most spectacular end to an amazing year on tour!... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preparations underway
Jill Campbell,
Preparations for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup which will take place in Porto Cervo from fifth to 11th September are in full swing. Throughout this inaugural edition of the Mini Maxi Worlds technical controls will be rigorous and each of the vessels must undergo weighing and measurement.... [more]
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