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Breaking News Laser designer Bruce Kirby changes the game

Breaking news - With the deadline for the Laser Class Fundamental Rule Change vote a week away, designer Bruce Kirby has taken back the design rights to the iconic single handed dinghy. Read more here.

Laser 4.7 Worlds San Francisco, August 2011  Chuck Lantz - copyright



Given that the start of the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) is less than two months away, it's fair to say that teams are working feverishly to get their boats and their techniques dialed. While the obvious place to spend time is offshore, Groupama has been focusing attention on their short-course techniques that earns valuable points and pleases crowds. 'A crew that does well inshore can intimidate their rivals,' said Groupama's navigator, Charles Caudrelier. 'Their preparation could give them the winning edge.'

'This is a different way of sailing the boat,' said trimmer Philip Harmer. 'It's not the best boat that wins the in-port races, but the one that has the best team: a team that works well together, that communicates well and carries out maneuvers quickly.'
Team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing logging some pre-race miles  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

In other VOR camps, Ian Walker, skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, has been focusing his thoughts on the race's famous high-latitude sailing. 'A third of the time you're terrified because it's so wet and windy and wild, and you'd rather be anywhere else in the world,' said Walker. 'A third of the time is actually quite mundane with easy conditions, and the other third is some of the best sailing and best racing of your life, where you're neck and neck with another boat, or enjoying beautiful trade-wind sailing under a starry sky, and there's no place else you'd rather be.' Get the full stories from both teams, inside.

Meanwhile, in Newport, Rhode Island, racing is underway at the New York Yacht Club's Invitational Cup. Here, 22 teams from around the world will race in Club Swan 42s off of Newport, Rhode Island. The RC is planning to run a total of eleven windward-leewards before the last guns are fired this coming Saturday. Check out this issue for the full report.

Deneen Demourkas and crew celebrate their historic win  Meredith Block/Farr 30 Worlds - copyright

In OD circles, Deneen Demourkas and her crewmates won the prestigious Farr 30 Worlds. Not only was this a huge win for Demourkas, but it also represents a historic moment in sailing, as this is the first big-boat OD World Championship that has been won by a female skipper in a long, long time. 'We certainly didn't make it easy on ourselves today—we had to work really hard to keep our head in the game and not let it get away from us.' said Demourkas. 'I've been doing this for a lot of years, and I've seen everything. The one thing I've learned is that you cannot stop fighting until the bitter end.'

Jim Swartz and his Vesper team enjoying SF's famous breeze  © Rolex/Daniel Forster

And finally, be sure to check out ace lensman Daniel Forrester's image galleries from the Big Boat Series, which just wrapped up on San Francisco Bay. Judging by the amount of spray and smiles, you know the sailors didn't mind the extra breeze that the Bay is famous for serving. Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Laser Class Fundamental rule change – All over with Kirby move
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explained why it would be a disaster. Now Kirby has retaken his design rights.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 4 – Seeding complete
Bob Fisher,
The technology surrounding the AC World Series never ceases to amaze. And it's not just the technology associated with the boats, but that which concerns the racing. Electronic positioning of the boats, marks and course limits has been the concern of Stan Honey from the outset and there is no one better qualified to deal with all the problems.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Coutts goes through
Tim Jeffery,
In the America's Cup World Series Plymouth, Oracle Racing Coutts has won the sixth and final seeding race. The victory put the four-time America's Cup champion Russell Coutts and his crew through to Saturday's semifinal round of the match racing championship where they'll meet Emirates Team New Zealand.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 day 2 fast and furious as Alinghi hold on
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 has now completed the second day of competition in Trapani and on this day, fantastic sailing conditions for the Extreme 40 fleet were delivered. The fleet took to the water amid sunshine and a breeze that built to over 20 knots.... [more]
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CORK/Sail Kingston Set to Host Two Fall Sailing Regattas This Weekend
Melissa Shorrock,
Tourism Kingston is pleased to announce that CORK/Sail Kingston will host the 2011 CORK Fall Regatta and Great Lakes Championship for Laser and Radial sailing classes on September 17 and 18, 2011. The competition will take place at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and racing will occur in three competition areas on Lake Ontario.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup day 2 - Canadians retain lead
KPMS,
The Royal Canadian Yacht Club (RCYC) team has retained the overall lead position after adding finishes of 2-4-2 to yesterday's finishes of 2-1-4 for 15 points. When they won the second race on the first day of the contest, they were given the Rolex gold spinnaker to fly in the subsequent race.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – De Lage Landen open up lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – De Lage Landen is leading the charge to the Scoring Gate as they open up their lead after a day of exhilarating downwind sailing. According to Race Director, Joff Bailey, the next 24 hours of the race look set to be exciting as the battle for the points on offer at the Scoring Gate plays out.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit - Interview with Technical Director Nacho Postigo
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi MedCup Circuit Technical Director, Nacho Postigo, sums up the 2011 season, gives his view on the TP 52 and Soto 40 racing classes, and provides an outlook to next year. Audi MedCup Circuit - The 2012 Audi MedCup Circuit finishes in Barcelona and the competition is closer than ever before. What have been the key contributing factors this season?'... [more]
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Conde de Godó Trophy – Quantum moves closer to title
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Conde de Godó Trophy – With just three days to go the battles for the overall 52 Series title are still closer than they have been, at least since 2007 when Artemis won in Hyeres, France. In the overall standings for the season Bribón lie just half a point behind Audi Azzurra Sailing Team, who today really need to get their title back on track with a pair of strong results.... [more]
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Images of Plymouth: Jürg Kaufmann's perspective
Jürg Kaufman,
Top Swiss-based international sailing photographer, Jürg Kaufmann was in Plymouth for the opening two days of the second round of the America's Cup World Series, and compiled this galley of images, taken from a different perspective.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'An Absorbing Interest' goes into limited reprint
Sail-World,
Top America's Cup and yachting journalist, Bob Fisher, will have his definitive work, 'An Absorbing Interest' reprinted in a limited edition of 500 copies only. All copies of 'An Absorbing interest' were quickly snapped up and now, due to constant demand, the decision has been taken to reprint a further 500 copies.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final day 1 - Ties at the top
ISAF,
For the first day of the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final in Sheboygan, USA moderate to strong northwest winds varied from 10 to 17 knots throughout the day, and shifts up to 30 degrees put a premium on course positioning. The Round Robin concludes tomorrow with the top three advancing to the Semi Finals.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup Day 3 breaks the scales
PWA,
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now completed the third day of competition which witnessed scale breaking wave rides and colossal jumps that put Philip Koster in the top spot in Klitmoller, and with three event wins under his belt, he walks away as the 2011 men's world wave champion.... [more]
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Fisher's View: America's Cup World Series Day 3 – Nursing the wounds
Bob Fisher,
There is no doubt that all the crews at the AC World Series are in need of practice, but this can prove counter-productive. Last night some of the teams were working round the clock to have their boats ready for today. China Team, after a spectacular series of cartwheels on what was a day off, needed to replace its wing.... [more]
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US Sailing recognizes Community Sailing Centers
Jake Fish,
US Sailing, the National Governing Body of the sport, has recognized nine community sailing centers that provide exemplary training and educational programs consistent with the curriculum standards of the US Sailing Training Department.... [more]
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AC World Series Plymouth - Oracle Racing gets tripped up + Video
Tim Jeffery,
America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Oracle Racing's two crews were tripped up on Plymouth Sound in streaky and shifty winds. Oracle Racing Coutts placed fifth after the three races and Oracle Racing Spithill placed sixth.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Plymouth - Artemis Racing on top
Artemis Racing,
The America's Cup World Series Plymouth has today witnessed racing resume amid light air and gusty conditions which have made for challenging sailing amongst the nine professional teams competing in the event.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 - Day 1 off to a great start
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 6 has now completed the first day of competition and Britain's multi-Olympic medalist Ben Ainslie had a great start after he took the victory in two races on the opening day in Trapani (Sicily). Driving Oman Air at his first ever Extreme 40 event, Ainslie and his team had put in a few days training but were managing expectations pre-start... [more]
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America´s Cup World Series Plymouth images by Sander van der Borch
Sander van der Borch,
America´s Cup World Series Plymouth 2011 images from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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International 14 World Championships – Racing finally gets underway
Ed Clay and Glen Truswell,
International 14 World Championships - Race two and three finally happened today in Portland Harbour. The fleet launched into a gusty 20 knot breeze, for two races – the first combined the Prince of Wales (PoW) Cup and race two of the World Championship series.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Downwind dramas
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - A day of downwind sailing has resulted in gear damage and torn sails across the fleet after the long-awaited wind filled in. With the spinnakers flying again, frustration has turned to excitement and in some cases drama, as a number of teams have reported damage overnight on the fourth day of race three.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final set for lift off
ISAF,
Sailing at the 2011 ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final begins today with 20 teams from 15 countries competing for open and women's glory.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup day 1 - Canada at the top
KPMS,
For the first day of racing, the NYYC Race Committee opted to send the fleet 'inside', up Narragansett Bay. The south-southwest breeze ranged from seven to eight knots, building to the higher teens by the afternoon, and providing perfect conditions for the three races contested.... [more]
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PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup day 2 howling winds
PWA,
The PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup has now completed the second day of competition in which Klitmoller's coastline was given a good thrashing by howling winds and enormous waves, ensuring insane action and allowing Ricardo Campello to fly through the single elimination.... [more]
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More images of San Francisco: Rolex Big Boat Series
Daniel Forster,
Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water off San Francisco for the 2011 Rolex Big Boat Series and presents this second gallery of the best images of the regatta.... [more]
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Images of San Francisco: Rolex Big Boat Series
Daniel Forster,
Top international sailing photographer, Daniel Forster, was on the water off San Francisco for the 2011 Rolex Big Boat Series and presents this gallery of the best images of the regatta.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series Double Trouble sweep
PhotoBoy,
Rolex Big Boat Series 2011 - Sometimes things just happen to go your way. A few months ago, that wasn't the case for Andy Costello and his crew on the J-125, Double Trouble. Having just started the Trans Pac in Division 4 the day before, DT had moved into seventh overall in the fleet in short order, and begun to crack off and plan away from the much large boats when things went south in a hurry.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12: Walker on taking on the Southern Ocean
Volvo Ocean Race,
Walker said he and his crew on board Azzam would be sure to have their wits about them during Leg 4 of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race. Despite the fear-factor Walker said there were moments in the world's toughest and longest professional sailing race when he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.... [more]
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First Today is First Today, Beneteau 36.7 North American Championships
Greg Nicoll,
All eyes were on the skippers and crews of Zingara and First Today as they prepared for the final day of the Beneteau First 36.7 North American Championships held at the National Yacht Club in Toronto, Canada. The two yachts were tied at 24 points each after three days and nine races and, with years of fierce competition between them, it had all the makings for a long drawn battle to the death.... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center Autumn Open B Event win to Macgregor
Chicago Match Race Center,
British Olympian Lucy Macgregor led her team to victory in the Autumn Open B Event. Macgregor took three losses in the second round robin, but was still able to sneak in to the Semi's with seven points. The Finals moved quickly with the breeze picking up to 15 knots.... [more]
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Beneteau 36.7 North Americans Images By Tim Wilkes
Greg Nicoll,
Images from the 10th Beneteau 36.7 North American Championships held at the National Yacht Club in Toronto Ontario Canada. The title sponsor of the regatta is the Barbados Tourism Authority.... [more]
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US Sailing to build team of subject experts
Jake Fish,
The US Sailing Oversight and Management Committees for the Development of National On-Water Instruction Standards for Recreational Boat Operators is establishing a national team of subject matter experts who currently or recently have on-water instruction experience in the disciplines of sail, power or paddle watercraft.... [more]
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2011 J/105 Canadian Championship wrap-up
Manuel F Meneses,
The 2011 J/105 Canadian Championship, the premier racing event of the J/105 Fleet 4 season was awarded to Dave Shaver's Retern, also winner of the 2007 edition. This year's Championship war flag was well earned in one of the closest events for the season. Second place went to Jamaica Me Crazy, last year's winner whilst third place went to Hey Jude.... [more]
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