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03 Feb 2012

ISAF equipment evaluations—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

Tornado EuroChamps TeamGaebler upwind02 - Olympic Mixed Multihull evaluation trials  Team Gaebler
One Design sailors, get the latest update on the equipment selection process for the 2016 Olympics. From March 17 to the 25th, ISAF officials will be evaluating seven Mixed Multihull contenders in Santander, Spain, including the Hobie 16, Nacra 16, Spitfire, Viper 16, Nacra 17, Hobie Tiger F18, Tornado Marstrom + Exploder designs for official use in the 2016 Games. While at it, ISAF will also test drive six candidates for the Women's Skiff event. These designs include the 29erXX, ARUP Skiff – ARUP, AURA, Hartley Rebel, Mackay FX and the RS900. Get the full scoop, including some earlier reports on some of these boats and the ripples of controversy over this evaluation amongst some members of the international multihull community, in this issue.

Offshore in the Global Ocean Race, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron, aboard Campagne de France, continue to lead the five-strong pack of Class 40s deeper into the Pacific Ocean's notorious Roaring Forties. Campagne de France isn't alone, however, as Buckley Systems and Cessna Citation are in serious pursuit in the fast conditions. 'Our high-speed run yesterday came to an abrupt end soon after dark when the boat spun out of control at speed,' reports Nick Leggatt from much further astern aboard Phesheya-Racing. 'The bluQube A6 got wrapped around the forestay, causing a tear just above the tack. In the darkness, we were lucky to retrieve the sail on the foredeck without too much fuss and then bundled it down below to start repairs immediately.' More, inside.

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, The Mar Mostro goes upwind in the South China Sea during leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

Meanwhile, in Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, Puma Ocean Racing's big gamble of taking an easterly hitch failed to pay the dividends that the team had been hoping to realize. 'We're not feeling very special right now,' reported Read 'The move east had lots of promise [but] we got a very unexpected header, a big header taking us back towards Vietnam. Without it we were in the hunt, but with this header it's sending us to the back of the pack of five pretty quickly. There's a sombre mood on board right now. Hopefully it's just a little blip and it will come back soon but every minute it's costing us miles.' The boats are expected to arrive within the next few days, so be sure to check in with the website over the weekend for the latest VOR news.

February 1, 2012 LunaRossa (1) - Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa  Richard Gladwell

And finally, Cup fans should pay attention to Rod Davis' account of what it's been like to work with Luna Rosa, against his old team. 'For me the Prada relationship is a pretty easy,' reports Davis, Emirates Team New Zealand's coach, 'because we speak the same language, no not Italian but the same language when it comes to running drills and races. When I say, ‘we are going to run a 20 second drill or top-mark schmcale drill, both teams know what I mean and how to run the drill.' Get the full story, inside.

Happy weekend.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

ISAF announce entrants for 2016 equipment evaluation
Olympic equipment evaluation for 2016 - Following the request for proposals, ISAF are pleased to announce that they have received entrants for six Women's Skiff and seven Mixed Multihulls and wish to invite them all to the evaluation event in Santander, Spain in March.... [more]
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Prototype for Olympic Womens Skiff trials has great pedigree
Richard Gladwell,
A New Zealand developed prototype is being test sailed in Auckland ahead of the proposed evaluation trials for the Olympic Womens Two-Person Skiff. The boat utilizes the 49er hull, foils and boom with a new sailplan designed to suit the ISAF specified target weight of 110-130kg. The team behind the Mackay Boats' prototype oozes talent and has a track record of excellence... [more]
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RS900 Women's Olympic skiff contender testing underway
Martin Wadhams,
Testing of the production specification RS900, RS Sailing's contender for selection as the new women's Olympic skiff, is underway. 'We believe that a new generation of elite skiff sailors deserve a purpose designed boat that will excel in the role and stand the test of time' says RS managing director, Martin Wadhams.... [more]
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ISAF Olympic Evaluation Trials - Challengers announced
Roland Gaebler,
ISAF Olympic Evaluation Trials - Today ISAF has named the Multihulls who will compete at the evaluation trials in Santander, Spain during 17th to 25th March 2012.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Telefonica pulls ahead as Puma rejoins the fleet
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma has re-joined the fleet after a brief, but miserable sojourn to the east, while leaders of the pack, Team Telefónica, have again extended their lead over second-placed Groupama sailing team (Franck Cammas/FRA). At 2200 UTC tonight, Telefónica led Groupama 4 by 19.4 nautical miles (nm).... [more]
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2012 US Paralympic Team selected + Video
Dana Paxton,
The six members of the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team – Sailing have been selected. Jen French and JP Creignou, Mark LeBlanc, and Paul Callahan, Tom Brown and Bradley Johnson have successfully completed qualification.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Windshift stalls Puma's hopes of a win
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
An unexpected change in wind direction today dealt a cruel blow to Puma Ocean Racing's plans to rocket to the head of the fleet on the home strait to Sanya. While the leg leaders shot towards the shore of Vietnam yesterday to escape strong currents that sweep south along its coastline, Puma surrendered third place in the rankings to stay offshore in the hope of better wind, calmer seas, a favourab... [more]
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Soldini and crew set sail aboard Maserati in new record attempt
Meaghan Van Liew,
Giovanni Soldini and his crew set sail aboard Maserati today, in an attempt to establish a new record for the Cadiz-San Salvador crossing. Maserati's first record challenge is an Atlantic crossing of 3884 miles. 'We have decided to set off from Cadiz immediately because of favourable weather', explains Giovanni Soldini.... [more]
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Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championship day 2 - Four bullets
Sean O'Brien,
Current event leader, Paulo Dos Reis (Patrik/North), took four straight bullets in today's racing to bring his score up to a perfect seven wins from seven starts... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing crew face punishing conditions
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: These are punishing conditions out here. The upwind slamming, smashing, and thrashing we're enduring is enough to make anyone hurt bad. It was almost impossible to get any sleep last night (I didn't), it's hot, humid, and extremely violent down below.... [more]
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America's Cup: Rod Davis: Working with/against the old team
Rod Davis,
Emirates Team NZ's coach, Rod Davis describes what it is like working with Luna Rossa and coaching against his old team: A change is like a holiday. We are back to training for racing, a week off from testing and development work on our SL33s and working through ideas for the new boat. I must say, it is very nice to be back in AC45 mode and doing ' real' coaching again.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race leg 3 - Will Puma's move pay off?
Volvo Ocean Race,
Puma's easterly track had dropped them down to fifth on the leaderboard with Team Sanya 260 nm off the lead in sixth. Puma were a distant third when they split from the fleet to head east, but Infante says based on the latest data they now stand a better than average chance of getting themselves right back in the fight to win the second stage of Leg 3.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Weather closing in + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
The weather has continued to close in on the four boats, which are racing towards the shore. In a make or break move, Read and his men on board Puma's Mar Mostro are now 127 nm to the east of fourth placed Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.... [more]
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Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championships - Ballistic conditions
Sean O'Brien,
Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championships 2012 first day of competition got off to a brutal start with the rain and winds playing havoc for the competitors. Arriving to a flooded rigging area and wet gear storage, the forecasted 30 knot onshore winds held true and the first race kicked off at 2pm with almost zero visibility on the course... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship NOR released
The 14th edition of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship is set to take place from 25-30 June in Gothenburg, Sweden. The Notice of Race for the championship event has now been released. Hosted by the Royal Gothenburg Yacht Club (GKSS) the sixteen teams will sail the Elliot 6metre keelboat, the equipment being used for Women's Match Racing at the London 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 1 February 2012
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 1 February 2012 have been released.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Mar Mostro battles with fish trap
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Man are things changing out here. Must be very exciting to watch, and I imagine if you are a Puma fan you are wondering what the heck is going on! Well before that, let's step back a couple of days.... [more]
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America's Cup: Unique compilation of Decisions now available
The America's Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. There have been thirty-three matches for its possession since 1851, and no challenger was successful until 1983. By 2007 the Cup had only changed hands four times. Disputes around the thirty-third match generated judicial and arbitral decisions that will be influential in all areas of international sporting law.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Thrills and spills from Puma's Mar Mostro + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I bet you're wondering what we're up to? I bet you're asking yourself, 'Why are they doing what they're doing? Why are they going where they're going?' The short answer is we're doing what we seem to do best so far this race: provide a constant supply of thrills and spills.... [more]
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