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 31 Mar 2014
 

 

Aussies in Europe - Palma, Spain on the winding Road to Rio

Australian Oliver Tweddell leads Finn fleet in Miami  Walter Cooper /US Sailing
Sail-World is in a cold and wet Palma, Mallorca, ahead of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, which starts tomorrow and runs until next Saturday.

This is the start of the European Olympic class regatta season. Ahead is Hyères in France, then a host of European championships, then the Australian's will head to Rio for the Test Event thence to Santander, Spain on the Bay of Biscay for the 2014 ISAF World Championships, the first Rio Olympic qualifying event.

Boat Park pre ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2014  Sail-World.com ©

This is the kind of regatta that the Asia Pacific can only dream about, almost 900 teams, 1200 Olympic class sailors from 60 countries - Aussie teams must sail the European circuit to be exposed to the very best competition.

Mat Belcher and Will Ryan - ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca 2014  Sail-World.com ©

Sail-World has so far talked to Australia's 470 Men, with Mat Belcher and Will Ryan red hot favourites on the Road to Rio and the Crawford Brothers who are following the path trodden by both Mat and Will as training partners.
Robert and Matthew Crawford - Australia - ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma 2014  Sail-World.com .


We've talked top our Finn sailors too, today we've published our interview with Finn World number one Oli Tweddell and coach John Bertrand, the other one.

Medal race - Finn / Jake Lilley (AUS) BRONZE - 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne  Jeff Crow/ Sport the Library ©

We talked to Jake Lilley who has grown an inch since we last saw him here in Palma a year ago, he is now a towering six foot seven inches.

Across the week we will talk to many of our key sailors, we trust you enjoy our coverage of this vital event for our high performance squads.

Lots more news from the local and the international team.

Enjoy, while we have a glass of Syrah and some tapas for you, looking out over the misty Bay of Palma.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team



ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca – Finn Coach - the Other John Bertrand
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
While the British have dominated the Olympic Finn class since 2000, the Australian sailing team, who won Olympic Gold in Lasers, 470's and 49ers in London 2012 are showing potential for Rio Gold now in other classes and the Finn class is one of those.... [more]
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SWC Mallorca – Finn Class World Number 1 still on the learning curve
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
23 year old Australian Oliver Tweddell, now the top ranked Finn sailor in the world, led into the ISAF Sailing World Cup medal race but was beaten by Giles Scott (GBR). Ahead of the battle in Mallorca, with a highly competitive 99 boat Finn fleet, Sail-World talked to the young Aussie Miami was a difficult medal race. It was maybe three knots of breeze and very tricky conditions.... [more]
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St Thomas International Regatta: Day 2 - Flight Risk en route to Rio
Bob Fisher,
Reputations, based on results, were to change on the mid-day of the extravaganza that is the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta, and some may be boosted to greater things. None more so than the performance of John Holmberg and Teri McKenna in their Nacra 17, aptly named Flight Risk.... [more]
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Huge Finn fleet ready for season opener in Palma
Robert Deaves,
A huge fleet of 99 Finns from 30 nations has registered for the ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca, which starts on Monday, the traditional start of the European season. The Finns have amassed the second largest entry out of all the 11 fleets in Palma and includes almost every top sailor currently in the class.... [more]
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Champagne for everyone at the Club Marine Series.
John Curnow,
Certainly there was champagne for the winners of the Club Marine Series that concluded on Melbourne's Port Phillip yesterday. Yet it was everyone that was able to enjoy the bubbles, as it were, for the proverbial champagne sailing was delivered by virtue of the light breezes, flat water and abundant sunshine.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Strong front builds ahead of fleet
Ruth Harrington,
2013 - 14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The Clipper Race's highly anticipated ‘first date' with a series of low pressure weather systems left some teams feeling stood up in the rain and grey skies yesterday, but another, stronger front, building ahead of the fleet does looks ready to show up in style to its long awaited North Pacific Ocean fleet date tonight.... [more]
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Combined Clubs Harbour Series - Mumm 36s share honours in final
Peter Campbell,
The ‘world championship' of the Mumm 36 class yacht was decided on the River Derwent on Saturday with Jeff Cordell's Host Plus Executive, Ian Stewart's TasPaints and Gavin Adamson's Madness sharing the honours in the final Combined Club Harbour Series for the summer season of 2013-2014.... [more]
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Farr 40 Midwinter Championship - Alberto Rossi leads Enfant Terrible
Tink Chambers,
The 2014 sailing season got off to an inauspicious start for skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team. The Italian entry hit the mark on the first upwind rounding and endured some additional difficulties during the opening race of the Farr 40 Midwinter Championship and had to scramble just to finish 10th in the 16-boat fleet.... [more]
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Mysteries of the seas, happening right now - missing, sunk, foul play
Lee Mylchreest,
It's true that most of Sail-World's tales of the sea involve suspense, achievement and/or a hedonistic delight with the waves and sun, sunsets and moonlight. But there are others, stories half told, mysteries which blackly hint at a dark finish, and those are happening around us every week too. Here are this week's, in the Atlantic, the Timor Sea and the Caribbean:... [more]
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Sail Norway and Russia this summer - your own boat, or charter
Des Ryan,
Last week we told of a sailing voyage from Moscow to the White Sea - or reverse. Now here's an opportunity to sail with experienced sailors from Norway to the White Sea in Russia to join up with the previous itinerary.... [more]
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Mat Belcher on the Road to Rio and being an America's Cup skipper
Mat Belcher and Will Ryan,
Aussie sailor Mat Belcher talks about becoming an America's Cup skipper and the Road to Rio whilst he and his sailing partner Will Ryan prepare for battle at the 45th Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma de Mallorca.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca: Training Partners building the future
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
Probably the most successful Olympic class sailing programs over the last few decades is the Australian 470 program, with five Gold Medal Teams since 2000.... [more]
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Gazprom Int'l European Dragon Championship - Danish team victorious
Imagina,
The Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo, came to a successful conclusion today with the Danish team made up of Lars Hendriksen, Kleen Frithjof andAnders Bagger taking the 2014 Dragon European Champion title aboard Debutant.... [more]
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St. Thomas International Regatta - Thrills and spills on day 1
Carol Bareuther,
Boom or bust was the big story for the 69-boat fleet racing on the first day of the 41st St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR). Thirty-plus knot guests tested the mettle of equipment and crews as the fleet sailed along the island's south shore into scenic Charlotte Amalie harbor and back again amidst a mix of sun and squalls.... [more]
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Sailing World Cup–World Sailor of the Year would not be anywhere else
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
World Sailor of the Year 2013 and winner of 18 regattas out of the last 19 Olympic Class 470 Regattas, Australian Matt Belcher along with crew Will Ryan are red hot favourites to win the Sailing World Cup Mallorca, the Trofeo S.A.R Princesa Sofia 2014 against an 80 boat 470 Men's fleet.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Mallorca - Tracking towards a record fleet
Rob Kothe, Sail-World.com,
Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia in Palma Mallorca Spain, was first sailed as a Dragon class regatta in 1968. Six years later, e Soling, 470, 420 Finn and Europe arrived. Now an exclusively Olympic class regatta, building steadily in importance in recent decades, but this year with the Santander Worlds in September and the Rio Olympic regatta 2016 closing fast this 2014 event will make history.... [more]
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Round Hainan Regatta - Vatti and Ubox victorious in IRC-B divisions
Pierre Orphanidis,
As the sun was setting over the horizon on Sanya bay on Thursday evening at the Round Hainan Regatta, a day of close and exciting offshore racing was coming to a close. An 18-strong fleet of boats departed from Wanning earlier in the morning and sailed to Sanya in a tricky 60-nm race that would make tacticians scratch their heads and produce surprises and upsets.... [more]
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Farr 40 Midwinter Championship - Enfant Terrible tightens grip on lead
Tink Chambers,
There has been one constant during the Farr 40 Midwinter Championship, skipper Alberto Rossi and the Enfant Terrible team have sailed brilliantly and have steadily put a stranglehold on the top spot in the standings. Beyond that, the four-day regatta has been tremendously competitive with numerous boats showing well at times and the results difficult to predict from race to race.... [more]
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Gazprom Int'l European Dragon Championship - Debutant retains top spot
Imagina,
The fleet of the Gazprom International European Dragon Championship, which is being organised by the Yacht Club Sanremo, was greeted today by excellent weather conditions with a bright sunny sky and steady westerly breeze.... [more]
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St. Thomas International Regatta: Caribbean consistency
Bob Fisher,
The three-day St. Thomas International Regatta opened in style on Friday but there was nothing other than age-old tradition that would have made the competitors in the seventy boats believe that the racing would have been as good as it was.... [more]
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