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 31 Aug 2012
 


Four years ago, with the Olympic regatta done and dusted and the journos and photographers departed from Qingdao, I received a phone call from the Media Centre. "Hey, Guy, what are you doing? There are only two journalists here, and we need a photographer. Come back to Qingdao and you'll have a scoop!" The Paralympics have long been perceived as a second string event, and I was just as much at fault as everyone else. We hear much of the dedication, self-sacrifice and 'true grit' of the Olympic athletes, but a great deal less about the tenacity and courage of the Paralympians. Sadly, I already had other other things in the calendar four years ago, and could not get back to Qingdao, but I wish it had been otherwise. I am not in Weymouth now, but (bar the fact that the event is not the subject of saturation broadcasting) but I will be 'watching' the performance of the sailors in the SKUD18, 2.4mR and Sonar classes just as closely as I can.

In 1980 Tim Colman's catamaran Crossbow II hit 36kts and everyone held their breath and asked, 'How much faster is possible?' The outright speed record in now held by Alain Thebault, l'Hydroptere, at 51.36kts, but equally importantly ETNZ are reporting speeds of 40kts+ on their new AC72 - a boat designed to race against other boats, not just go in a straight line - and they haven't even let the beast loose yet. Once again - 'How much faster is possible?'. Hold on to your hat and find out. One way or another, it'll take your breath away.

Guy Nowell, Editor



Paralympics London 2012 - Sonars prepare for action
IFDS,
The 14-boat Sonar fleet will line up on 1 September as the 42 sailors in the three-person keelboat begin their Paralympic pursuit. British, Dutch, French, Norwegian, Israeli and German boats will be the front runners come race time.... [more]
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Paralympics London 2012 - SKUD18 competition
IFDS,
Australia's Dan Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch and Great Britain's Alex Rickham and Niki Birrell will be the teams to beat.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ claims near 40kts in AC72 + Video
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand are claiming that their AC72 launched in July, achieved speeds close to 40kts sailing yesterday on the Hauraki Gulf. The speeds were achieved on just the fourth day of sailing in the 72ft catamaran which is the first of its type to be launched in the world.... [more]
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RHKYC Autumn Regatta 8-9 September 2012
RHKYC,
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club will launch the 2012-2013 sailing season with its Autumn Regatta over the weekend of Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2012. This two-day, three-race regatta will feature over 100 boats in ten different classes of racing and is one of the oldest regattas in the region, with a history dating back to 1889.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA is splashed in San Francisco - Video
Richard Gladwell,
Despite not being mentioned in yesterday's short media release from the US Defender, postponing their Media Day, it is now been confirmed that Oracle Team USA, have christened and splashed their first AC72. A video released today shows the 72ft catamaran being christened, and then lowered into the waters of San Francisco Bay by crane. She was also given a tow test, usually done to check for leaks.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Dutchman Tom Touber named COO
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race top management will be further strengthened with the addition of Dutchman Tom Touber who has today been named Chief Operating Officer (COO). Touber, 48, who has significant experience with the Race and within sailing generally, will report directly to CEO Knut Frostad and will assume operational responsibilities from Race headquarters in Alicante from September 3.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 underway in Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series,
Act 5 of the Extreme Sailing Series on Cardiff Bay, Wales got underway today with breezy and gusty conditions ensuring an action-packed opening for the nine Extreme 40s. Austria's Red Bull Sailing Team blasted round the tight courses, reaching speeds of 29mph (25.4 knots) relishing the conditions that put Roman Hagara's men at the top of the rankings at the end of day one.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup - Day 4 a sight to behold
Chris Yates,
On day four of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup it was another enthralling day of action on the water as Alacati delivered the perfect slalom conditions for the third day in a row. With the sun shining and the wind blowing, between 15-25 knots, hundreds of spectators were treated to a sight to behold as the elite of the slalom world delivered another outstanding display.... [more]
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St Moritz Match Race - Robertson rises on day 2
Leigh Ireland,
On day two of the 2012 St. Moritz Match Race, a lack of wind eventually put a halt to racing, but Phil Robertson profited from a return to form which resulted in his rise to fourth on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour leaderboard after four stages... [more]
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Farr 40 World Championship preview
KPMS,
The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 15th edition marks the climax of the F40 Class season and will take place in Chicago, in the United States, from 17-20 September. Around 20 boats are expected to compete at what promises to be an exciting competition where the level playing field of one-design racing ensures the best-prepared boat and crew prevail.... [more]
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America's Cup: Volvo Champion signs with Italian Challenger
Sail-World,
Italian America's Cup Challenger, Team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, has announced that it has finalized a technical and sports agreement with French sailor Franck Cammas, winning skipper of the 2012 Round the World Race and one of the world's top multihulls experts. Cammas will join the team in the role of coach.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 fifth edition preview
Louay Habib,
RORC Caribbean 600 fifth edition is set to get underway on Monday 18th February 2013, in Antigua. The race attracts a wide variety of yachts from all over the world, including ocean going performance cruisers and some of the world's most magnificent yachts.... [more]
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Platu 25 class is ready for the Worlds in Tuscany 23-29 September 2012
Sabrina Bonaiti,
The Platu 25 World Championship that will take place in Cala De' Medici, Tuscany, from the 23rd to the 29th of September. The Platu 25 class resists and it's gathering one more time around the World thanks to the strategic position in the heart of Italy, in Tuscany, where everybody can easy come, either from North Europe or from South.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle fits wing but delays AC 72 launch
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA have postponed their Media Day, which was to have seen their first AC72 catamaran launched, but not sailed. Instead, the first dry-fit of the 12 story-high wingsail on the platform of the the AC72 was completed at their Pier 80 base in San Francisco today.... [more]
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PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup - Non-stop drama on day 3
Chris Yates,
On day three of the PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup a further two eliminations were completed, once the wind settled in, after a somewhat frustrating morning. However, the wind soon swung more cross-shore which resulted in an afternoon of spectacular slalom, with high, lows and non-stop drama.... [more]
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Dragon Gold Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club preview
International Dragon Association,
The Brewin Dolphin Dragon Gold Cup 2012 is being hosted by the Kinsale Yacht Club, Co Cork, Ireland, from 8th to 14th September. The Dragon Gold Cup is considered the open World Cup of Dragon Sailing with a high calibre of interest from all over the world.... [more]
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Youth Sailing World Championship - ISAF invite bids to host 2016 event
ISAF,
The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship is ISAFs longest running event, having taken place every year since the first championships hosted by Sweden in 1971. ISAF is now inviting bids to host the 2016 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship.... [more]
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