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Perth 2011 and the Road to London (well Freo to Weymouth actually)

The 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships start today in Perth, Western Australia.

More than 1100 sailors from 79 nations will be fighting for their World Championships and a chance to qualify their countries for the 2012 London Olympic Games.




The first weekend of racing will showcase the Women's Match Racing competition inside Fremantle Harbour, before the 470 Men, Finn, Laser Radial and RS:X Women get into the action on Monday. Fleets will rotate through inshore and outside courses. Medal rounds will be held for those classes on Sunday December 11. The Star class will commence racing on Sunday.

During the event's second week the 470 Women, 49ers, Lasers and the RS:X Men will hit the water. The Womens Match Racing finals are on Friday December 16, the Stars will sail their medal race on Saturday, with the balance of fleets completing their regatta on Sunday.

Two weeks of stadium sailing (and some in the distance) - excitement, drama, dreams shattered and dreams begun.

Just 380 sailors (237 men, and143 women) will become London Olympians.

We wish the sailors, their supporters and the event organisers the very best of everything and especially wind.

Go the Fremantle Doctor!!!


Sail-World.com



Perth 2011 - Pre Regatta images
Various photographers images,
The ISAF Sailing World Championships have officially begun in Perth, Australia. Photographers Richard Langdon, Alex McKinnon and Paul Kane present images from days 2 and 3 of the Pre Regatta.... [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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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships officially open
International Sailing Federation,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships were officially opened today, Friday 2nd December, in Perth, Western Australia by ISAF President Göran Petersson. Seventy nine nations were represented at the Opening Ceremony with over 1,100 sailors set to compete for world championship glory in the ten Olympic events on show in Fremantle.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships kicks off with Women's Match Racing
Craig Heydon,
ISAF Sailing World Championships 2011 - Following years of preparation from athletes and event organisers alike, racing is set to kick off tomorrow, Saturday 3rd December. More than 1200 sailors from 80 nations have made the trip to Western Australia with athletes competing not only for their World Championships but a chance to qualify their countries for the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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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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Dutch aim 'Higher and faster' at ISAF World Championships
Simon Keijzer,
The first of four yearly ISAF World Sailing Championships will get underway in Perth on the West Coast of Australia on the 3 December. This particular Championship is held simultaneously in all 10 Olympic classes and next to the Olympics, are the most important and most charged in Olympic sailing. The Dutch sailors will be taking part in eight of the ten classes.... [more]
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Brits look to secure Olympic places in Perth
Ryan Bangs,
The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships are set to get underway on December 3. Seven Team GB crews have already been named for next summer's Olympics though selectors have yet to make the call for the Women's Laser Radial as well as the Men's 470 and 49er.... [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 – GBR Manager expects four medals
Lindsey Bell,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Although Olympic qualifying fortunes are already determined for a number of Britain's sailors, team manager Stephen Park is expecting a strong showing from his charges across the ten Olympic classes. The Skandia Team GBR boss is targeting four medals from the Worlds event, where 51 British sailors will race... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Aussies ready for action
Craig Heydon,
The Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships begin on Saturday. Australia's reigning World Champions Mathew Belcher, Malcolm Page and Tom Slingsby will likely come in for special attention.... [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 - 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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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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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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World Sailor of the Year ready to take on Perth
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Recently crowned 2011 World Sailor of the Year, US Match Racing Skipper Anna Tunnicliffe and her United States Sailing Team AlphaGraphics crewmates that make up Team Maclaren (Debbie Capozzi, Molly Vandemoer and Liz Lewin (alternate) ) are all fired up for the competition.... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Olympic Class sailors ready for World Championships
Kristine Lederis,
New Zealand's top tier Olympic class sailors are in the final stages of preparation for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships and all sights are set on the podium. This regatta, opening on December 3rd, is set to be the most prestigious regatta before the 2012 Olympic Games, and is the principal qualification regatta for the Olympics.... [more]
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470 Australian Championship - Conditions test crews as Aussies lead
Craig Heydon,
Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page, the reigning World Champions and current world number ones have finished first in five of the eight races so far at the 470 Australian Championship. It is an ideal lead in to the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Canada's RS:X Champ Nikola Girke shares love and luck
Shauna McGee Kinney,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Canada's Nikola Girke and Women's RS:X sailor shares her love and luck as she prepares for Perth 2011. As of Friday the 18th of November the RS:X coaches and teams have been running a four day regatta - a Pre-Worlds event. Nikola Girke (CAN) is one of the competitors using this event to prepare for the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships... [more]
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Perth 2011 images - Training time
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Sail-World.com's on-the-spot reporter Shauna McGee Kinney took theses images of team members during a training session for Perth 2011.... [more]
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Perth 2011 -ISAF Sailing World Championships - Paul Goodison prepares
Paul Goodison,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 2008 Olympic Laser Gold Medalist Paul Goodison prepares to head off to Perth 2011: I'm sitting here looking out of my office window at a 470 and a 49er out on the water in a cold, grey Weymouth and all I can say is I'm pleased that I'm off to Australia on Thursday for training before the ISAF Worlds at the end of next month.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Lasers – all Bent out of Shape
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Its just two weeks to Perth 2011, the largest fleet (in combination), the Laser Radial and Laser Standard will be sailing their 2011 World Championships and there is significant equipment issue looming.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - And now to land the fish!!
Rob Kothe & Sail-World.com Team,
In less than three weeks time the largest high performance sailing event conducted will take place in the one of the remotest cities on the planet. In Fremantle, Western Australia around 1,200 sailors from approximately 80 nations will compete in 800 plus boats, sailing across six courses.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Not always happy families on Olympic class sailing scene
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
For the last five years a not very secret project has been aiming to deliver a better more durable Laser sail. The final prototypes have been tested for more than 18 months, they've passed with flying colours, its reported that the World Council unanimously voted for a routine equipment change a long time ago but the project is now very much stalled.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht Race announced
Will Davies,
Perth 2011 - Win your way to the ISAF Sailing World Championships by sailing from Weymouth to Perth in a LiveSkipper Virtual Yacht Race. Using real-time weather conditions from around the world, the LiveSkipper Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht race, by BeTomorrow, allows skippers world-wide to control a virtual maxi-trimaran... [more]
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Perth Sailing World Championships Schedule Of Racing published
International Sailing Federation,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Schedule of Racing has now been published after months of planning and the careful consideration of class requirements. Racing begins on 3 December at 12:00 local time with the women's match racers kicking things off. The Laser Radial, Women's RS:X, Finn and Men's 470 take to the water on 5 December with the Medal Races taking place on 11 December... [more]
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Ahead of Perth 2011-Kovalenko says key to Olympic success is the Big C
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
‘I am not a medal maker, the sailors are the medal-makers' says Australian sailing super coach Victor Kovalenko who has coached thirteen 470 World Championship titles winners and eight 470 Olympic-medal winning crews.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – Can they knock off Big Ben?
Rob Kothe,
Sailings Superstar British sailor Ben Ainslie, the only sailor ever to be crowned ISAF World Sailor of the Year three times (1998, 2002 & 2008), will be 35 years old by the 2012 London Olympics. He will be sailing at his fifth Olympic Games, aiming to win another gold medal, perhaps weighed down by the British public expectations media demands with three gold medals and one silver round his ne... [more]
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Japanese sailors prepare for Perth 2011
Aiko Saito,
The 2011 Enoshima Olympic Week took place from 20-23 October with the following classes competing: 420, 470, Laser, Laser Radial, Laser 4.7, 49er, Snipe and Moth. Indonesia brought entries into the 470 and Laser Radial whilst the Laser welcomed two entries from Korea and one from Australia.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – a big U.S. team and a watershed for U.S. Olympic sailing
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Since sailing first joined the Olympic program in 1908 the most successful sailing nation has been the United States of America, with 59 medals. At the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics the U.S. led the field with seven sailing medals, while Great Britain took home just one bronze.... [more]
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Perth 2011: Conquering the Wind and the Waves - the 49er Challenge
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
Nine months before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, Nathan Outteridge and childhood friend Iain ‘Goobs' Jensen (AUS) are considered the 49er favourites. The duo has won all four regattas they have contested at the 2012 Olympic site in Weymouth.... [more]
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