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 19 May 2012
 


Sailing's Big Ben chimes in mainstream media

Showman: Ben Ainslie played with the crowd - London 2012 Olympic Games  AP Associated Press
The biggest sailing story world-wide this week, bar none, was in fact one of the biggest mainstream story of the week world-wide.

It was six times Finn world champion, Britain's favourite Olympian Ben Ainslie, with all the poise we are used to seeing, taking the London 2012 Olympic torch on the first leg of its journey from Britain's Lands End to London.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that if Big Ben does NOT win Olympic Gold, that will be the British Olympic story, note not just sailing story.

While Ainslie is looking unstoppable, the sub-story might be that the battle for overall Olympic sailing supremacy might be tougher than expected for the GBR team.

The Laser, Laser Radial, 470 Mens and 49ers looking out of reach on current form. While the British team is there or there abouts in many disciplines the next 70 days will certainly be critical, with the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta looming large.

Belcher and Page on day two of the 2012 470 World Championship - photo Thom Touw  Thom Touw ©


No publicity around it but the AGM of the International Laser Class Association is happening this weekend in Germany. Be interesting to see what happens, after the Fundamental Rule vote failed to have any impact on the vexed issue of builders, trademarks and non supply of Laser and their parts in UK and Europe at the moment.

It's the eve of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 In-Port race in Miami. Light airs expected on Saturday (1700 UTC) in Florida. With two days to go till the start of the transatlantic leg to Lisbon, there's some jostling in store between the top four teams. Spanish leaders Telefonica and Franck Camas and his Groupama team will be trying to hold off the New Zealanders and the Americans.

170512- Volvo Ocean Race 2012, étape 6, Miami (USA), Practice Day,Team Groupama4, Skipper, Franck Cammas  Yvan Zedda ©


Veteran multihuller and sometime America's Cup writer Bob Fisher is reporting from Naples, Italy for the Fourth round of the America's Cup World Series, where the Australian and New Zealand sailors crewing the two Team USA are being pushed very hard by the French and Aussie Korean.

Lots more news from the Europe, the UJ and beyond in another exciting sailing week and a great summer ahead.

The Sail-World team in Weymouth will be our biggest ever surpassing our Sydney and Qingdao teams. We need a big team because we will be sending out a total of 24 newsletters between now and August 12th, leading up to and during this very significant regatta.

Each of those will go to more than 145,000 readers – 3.48 million newsletters. Big numbers in traditional sailing magazine terms but the explosion in smart phones and tablets is fuelling rapid growth.

More than half of the traffic to Sail-World.com, MarineBusiness-World.com, Powerboat-World.com and FishingBoating-Word.com is now via iPhone, Android phone and a parade of tablets.

News that iPhone 5 will have a 4.8' retina screen means the Androids will all go big screen too and the mobile online world will notch up again.

Exciting times...


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Laser builder needs to move 250+ Lasers NOW!!
PSA Media,
After a very successful ISAF Perth 2011 Laser World Championships Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) has more than 250 Lasers for sale. PSA General Manager Chris Caldecoat said today ‘These are one event old ISAF Worlds charter boats. Boats come on dolly, with top cover, mast bag, foil bag all new rigging...ready to race. Deals to be done anywhere!!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Skippers look forward to InPort Race and Leg 7
Volvo Ocean Race and Sail-World,
The points table in the Volvo Ocean Race is now so tight between third and fourth places, that the leaderboard could change after the Miami In Port Race. On the day of what's set to be one of the most hotly contested in-port races of the series so far, the six skippers talked about their expectations, what it takes to win and how they could be just one bad start away from a podium slide.... [more]
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London 2012 Olympics - Ben Ainslie starts torch relay
UK Telegraph,
London 2012 Olympic Games - Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie said waiting to start the torch relay at Land's End was 'one of the more nervous moments in my life'. But Ainslie, who said the torch leg was so special it ranked alongside winning one of his Olympic gold medal: said 'It was one of those moments where I was in a bit of shock really At least I didn't trip over'.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ - 'not easy to win, but easy to lose'
Warren Douglas,
The America's Cup World Series fleet moved close inshore at Venice today. The racecourse was tight (only 140m wide at its narrowest) and the breeze was light (6-8 knots) and shifty too. These factors – and a very competitive fleet – conspired to make for a tricky day, where the only certainty was uncertainty. It was not easy to win, but easy to lose.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Images by Carlo Borlenghi
Carlo Borlenghi,
The America's Cup World Series is currently taking place in Venice, Italy. Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on hand to capture this gallery of images.... [more]
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AC World Series Venice - Oracle Team USA Spithill captures third
Tim Jeffery,
At the America's Cup World Series Venice, Oracle Team USA Spithill has captured third in the second fleet race of the day and now stands sixth on the leaderboard after the first four races. Teammate Oracle Team USA Bundock holds eighth in the standings at the regatta that has seen the team's two crews off to an uneven performance.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Venice – Tough day for Artemis Racing
Artemis Racing,
America's Cup World Series Venice Day 2 - Racing in Venice's Grand Canal presented a full set of challenges for the nine teams racing today, Friday 18th May 2012. The French and Italian teams flourished, but it was a tough day for Terry Hutchinson and the crew onboard Artemis Racing.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Venice – Day 2 images by Max Ranchi
Max Ranchi Photography,
America's Cup World Series Venice – Day 2 images by Max Ranchi Photography... [more]
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ACWS Venice - Another great day for Energy Team + Video
Pierre Giboire,
America's Cup World Series Venice - Day two was yet another great day for the French Energy Team. The French team led by Loïck Peyron ended up on the podium twice in the day's two races (third in the first race and second in race two). After the four races that have now taken place, Energy Team is once again leading the overall rankings this evening.... [more]
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Rolex Volcano Race - Hard conditions expected
KPMS,
Rolex Volcano Race first segment is taking place tomorrow, Saturday 19th May, in the town of Gaeta, just north of Naples. Nineteen crews are preparing in earnest. The scheduled windward/leeward race will enable the array of international crews to test tactics and hone preparations ahead of an intriguing two-part offshore race beginning on Sunday 20 May.... [more]
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ORCi World Championship - Innovative new format announced
ORC,
ORCi World Championship - Large fleet of 128 entries prompts a new innovative format to determine Class A and Class B World Champions. Competitors with a 2012 ORC GPH (General Purpose Handicap) rating of 614.9 sec/mile or less will race for the Class A World Championship title, and those with a 2012 GPH of greater than or equal to 615.0 sec/mi will race for the Class B World Championship title... [more]
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Its easy to put our Website icons on your iPhone and iPad!
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
On the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad you can put bookmarks for any site, creating one-tap shortcuts to your favourite websites. Sail-World, Marine Business World, Powerboat World, and Fishing Boating World now have custom icons for you to save for quick, easy access!... [more]
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Calling out to U.S. Sailing to explain their Olympic vote
Nevin Sayre,
Dear U.S. Sailing, Every class chosen for the Olympics has a pathway from young kid to Olympic champion. As yet, Kitesurf racing has no such pipeline. As an avid kitesurfer, windsurfer, sailor, U.S. Sailing member, and also someone who has been very involved in youth sailing development, I would like U.S. Sailing to explain their actions.... [more]
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Advertising Budgets – the crowds have moved on line – have you??
Brendan Maxwell and Phil Arane,
It's that time of year... it's been a tough few years but good marketers are taking business in these times of change.... one of the biggest changes is just how potential buyers research their purchase options and that is mostly these days on the Internet.... [more]
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Sailing could be next for Olympic axe, says Neil Pryde
Alvin Sallay, South China Morning Post,
Former Olympian and millionaire businessman Neil Pryde has warned sailing is in danger of being kicked out of the Olympics as the fallout continues from the controversial decision to dump windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding for the 2016 Games.... [more]
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