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Has it come to this - one news site headlined the results of the British Olympic squad at the Miaml regatta – 'Disappointing result for Skandia Team GBR'

It seems that nine medals across 14 Olympic and Paralympic classes is now considered something of a disaster for the British team members. This result put Team GBR top country by some way in Miami - The host nation, USA, winning six medals and the next, Australia, four.

Of course the British Olympic sailing effort over the last years has raised the bar to giddy heights, thus the wailing and gnashing when any performance fails to deliver the expected result. Also the RYA Team GBR now runs our Olympic sailing effort on a 'cradle to the grave' style that would put the former USSR gymnastic teams to shame.

A vast amount of time and money has gone into spotting talent and nurturing the future Olympic competitors, from the age of eleven, through the various National Junior Squads and then into the recognised Youth classes training programs, preparing them for Olympic selection.

This regime has taken sailing to be Britain's top-performing Olympic sport.

Miami was the first major ISAF grade 1 event for the 2007 season and the RYA shipped a full team to the USA, competing in all 14 Olympic and Paralympic events. All a far cry from the popping down to Poole for the selection trials just before the Games of the old days.

And some might wonder if it would be possible for the RYA to find the funds and the time to organise a few Regattas for the dozens of other dinghy classes that the Sailing Clubs associated to the RYA actually sail.

I know there's no medal glory (or Lottery funding) attached to such events but other countries seem to manage it.

The RYA is a UK membership organisation for recreational boat owners and crew.

RS800 gets a make-over - New hull revealed
By Sail-world UK,
An updated version of the RS800 asymmetric, two man trapeze dinghy has been doing the rounds to find out the reaction of the present owners. Originally designed as a 49er for the ordinary club sailor, the RS800 has reached a crisis point in its life. The owners have presented a number of points of contention to the builders, LDC and the builders have responded with a revamped hull... [more]

Nine medals for Great Britain at Miami OCR
By RYA media,
British sailors came away with five medals from the final day’s races at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Saturday, bringing their regatta total to nine across the 14 Olympic and Paralympic classes... [more]

Images from 2007 SAP 505 Worlds, Day 2
By Sail-World,
Images from 2007 SAP 505 Worlds, Day 2... [more]

Barker beats Williams in Auckland Match Racing Cup
By Event Media,
Dean Barker (NZL) beat Ian Williams (GBR) in the final of the Auckland Match Racing Cup today amid fierce competition from some of the world’s top skippers. His back-to-back successes in the Auckland Match Racing Cup framed a win in the New Zealand Match Racing nationals late last year... [more]

Day 2 Report SAP 505 World Championships
By Jordan Spencer,
It was only one race today and it really was a great days sailing, particularly for South Australian’s Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh. They won their second heat of the Worlds after some brilliant sailing.... [more]

Australians 1, 2 in SAP 505 Worlds Race 3
By Rob Kothe,
Australian's were first and second in today’s third race in the 2007 SAP International 505 World titles. Nick Adamson and Steve Bourdow (USA) and Mike Holt and Carl Smit (USA) are tied for the overall lead after three races, with Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh (AUS) in third place... [more]

Argentina dominate 29er Worlds with top seven
By Sail-World UK,
The Argentine pair, Matías Gainza Eurnekian and Federico Villambrosa have won the 29er World Championship held at the Club Náutico de San Isidro, Argentina. Britain's Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth were 8th overall, highest placed GBR and the winners of the women's event... [more]

Interview from SAP 505 Worlds
By Jordan Spencer,
American Steve Bourdow sailing with Nick Adamson is leading the SAP InterNation 505 Worlds.... [more]

Fiat win Race 5 of Australian 18ft Skiff Champs
By Frank Quealey,
Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Nathan Ellis recorded their second win of the series in Fiat to take a share of the lead with Seve Jarvin’s Gotta Love It 7 in the Winning Appliances Australian 18ft Skiff Championship currently being staged on Sydney Harbour... [more]

Medallists at Miami OCR
By Barby MacGowan,
After five days of fleet racing, which concluded yesterday, medallists were determined in three Paralympic classes. The top ten overall finishers in the Olympic classes advanced to today's single medal race, replicating the new Olympic format that will debut in Qingdao, China in 2008.... [more]

Images from 505 Worlds opening day
By Sail-World,
Images from 505 Worlds opening day - Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh (AUS) won the first race ahead of Mike Holt and Carl Smit (USA) with Ian Pinnell and Steve Hunt (GBR) third... [more]

17 British boats through to Miami medal races
By RYA Media,
The penultimate day of racing at the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta saw seventeen British boats across ten classes qualify for Saturday’s final medal races - 8 Skandia Team GBR crews are in medal-winning positions... [more]

Hardys Secret Mens Business wins Audi Series
By Di Pearson,
A great day for some and a disastrous one for others as winds of up to 30 knots swept Corio Bay causing mayhem to the fleet racing for the Audi Series trophy at Skandia Geelong Week, but it was shock then delight when the Hardys Secret Mens Business crew were told they had won the regatta on count back to Flirt.... [more]

Mike Martin wins SAP 505 Worlds Race 2
By Rob Kothe,
Multiple 505 World Champion Mike Martin won the second race in the 2007 505 World Championship.... [more]

SUI-100 arrives in Valencia
By Alinghi Media,
SUI-100, Alinghi’s latest racing yacht, rumbled into Valencia, home of the 32nd America’s Cup, on Friday evening under dark skies and torrential rain... [more]

Action in the Southern Ocean for Velux 5 Ocean sailors
By Media,
Bernard Stamm (SUI) dives south into freezing waters to round the high pressure system - Kojiro Shiraishi (JPN) sailing with old sails after ripping his precious code 6 - Unai Basurko (ESP) holds off Sir Robin Knox-Johnston (GBR) in unstable conditions but the fight is on over the next 48 hours as the back markers converge for a battle royal... [more]

Stamm dives South towards Antarctica
By Media,
Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm has plunged south-east to below 54° South, averaging 14.5 knots over the past few hours and data received at 05:32 UTC today shows that he is still heading towards Antarctica on a heading of 120°... [more]

Images from the 505 Worlds
By Sail-World,
It's blowing the dogs off their chains out on the water. So no training today.... [more]

Wild Oats XI wins Skandia Geelong Wk passage race
By Di Pearson,
Following a slow start to the 34 nautical mile Passage Race at Skandia Geelong Week today, Bob Oatley’s Reichel/Pugh super maxi powered home to a win at 14.26.50 this afternoon, in the time of four hours 56min and 50secs.... [more]

Bullimore delayed by weather system
By Team Bullimore,
The High Pressure system sitting stubbornly right over Tasmania is blocking all hopes Tony Bullimore has for starting his solo round the world record attempt in the immediate future. 'It is lovely summer weather here. Perfect for topping up a sun tan, but no good for setting speed records' said Tony today.... [more]

Wild Oats XI - Shogun star at Skandia Geelong Week
By Di Pearson,
Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI with Mark Richards at the helm has again trounced her opposition on line and taking handicap honours in Race 3 on Day 2 of the Audi Series at Skandia Geelong Week sailed off Williamstown today.... [more]

29er Worlds moves to gold fleet format Thursday
By Media,
The Race Committee decided to cancel today’s regattas on the third day of qualifying races because of the bad weather conditions. The first best 25 teams of the 29er Class World Championship will participate, from Thursday onwards in the Gold Fleet, Wednesday is a lay day... [more]

50 entries for the 2007 APL Soling Europeans
By Matias Collins,
The 2007 APL Soling European Championship broke this morning the mythic barrier of 50 entries, with still six months to go. Now the organization goes for more, although snow and ice covers Arendal, the beer sessions are kept regularly in the pub by the Soling sailors avid for the new season to come... [more]

Zinedine Zidane greets new IMOCA 60’ monohull
By Media,
French football hero, Zinedine Zidane was on hand as Godfather when Yann Eliès' new IMOCA 60’ monohull was revealed at the Multiplast boatyard. Zidane, recently retired from football and is now following another sport, sailing but only as a relaxation, and is promised a ride on the new Generali... [more]

TackTick Micronet range wins Award for Innovation
By Media,
UK electronics manufacturer Tacktick won the News Business Excellence Award for Innovation last week for its Micronet range of wireless electronics. The awards, which are held each year in Portsmouth, attracted a record-breaking 131 entries in eight categories from companies and individuals across the region... [more]

Contrasting conditions challenge Miami sailors
By RYA media,
Tuesday’s second day of the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta saw a marked change of conditions, and mixed fortunes for the British sailors in the hunt for medals... [more]

Royal Thames Trophy at Ranelagh
By N12 media,
Ten N12s took to the water at Ranelagh to compete for the Royal Thames Yacht Club trophy. With the Thames barrier shut, there wasn't the normal struggle to stay the right side of the start line before the start... [more]

VOR Hong Kong stopover?
By Guy Nowell,
VOR looks at Hong Kong stopover for 2008-9 race: An Unashamedly and Entirely Hong Kong Biased View of the subject... [more]

Start Line feature in new TackTick Race Master
By Media,
Tacktick launched their new T070 and T075 Race Master System with fully integrated Micronet technology to give fast, accurate, wireless speed, depth and compass information for sports and keel boats at the London Boat Show 2007. A brand new feature of the new Race Master is the Start Line feature which is quick and easy to set up prior to the start of a race and gives both ‘at a glance’ start line bias as well as mean wind line bias information... [more]

Images from Day 1 of Rolex Miami OCR
By Dan Nerney,
Images from Day 1 of Rolex Miami OCR... [more]

Kiwi’s out- Japan in -Warren Jones Youth Regatta
By John Roberson,
For the first time in the five year history of the Warren Jones Youth Regatta, there will be no New Zealand skippers, but the Japanese are making their debut, while the Swedes are back after a gap, and the British are returning.... [more]

Wind and Waves – Francolini at Docklands
By Al Constable,
Yachting photographers don’t want much. 35 knots and waves, a purpose built camera boat, capable of doing 30+ knots and a camera boat driver who has been an 18 footer world champion.... [more]

Greenhalghs join F18’s Worlds down under
By Rob Kothe / SW UK,
ABN AMRO Volvo Ocean race helmsman Rob and his brother Peter Greenhalgh are new to the F18 class, but they are campaigning the Extreme 40’s as Team Basilica, so they know how to sail fast. The British pair will be the wildcard bet for a top three finish at the F18 World Championships which move out of Europe to the warmth of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef... [more]

Stamm chats as he leads Velux 5 Oceans
By Media,
Velux 5 Oceans race leader, Bernard Stamm on Cheminees Poujoulat, was 281 miles ahead of second placed Kojiro Shiraishi on Spirit of Yukoh at the 15:00 check. Kojiro was sailing the faster at that time, over 16 knots, while Stamm was at 11 knots with 11,718 miles to go... [more]

Bullimore on standby for record attempt
By Team Bullimore,
A series of high pressure systems that have been hovering over the Tasman Sea since the beginning of January have not been conducive to starting Tony Bullimore's attempt to break the 70 day barrier for sailing solo around the world, but the time spent waiting for the right winds to slingshot his 102ft (31m) catamaran Dohar 2006 towards Cape Horn, have not been wasted.... [more]

Brass Monkey series - Race 2
By Richard Baldwin,
Liverpool Yacht Club held the second race of the Brass Monkey series sponsored by Renard Systems on Sunday 21 January. 17 yachts in the three IRC classes took part in the race in gusty conditions with the occasional strong squall giving peak wind speeds approaching 40 knots!... [more]

First test for new GBR Star team in Miami
By RYA Media,
Great Britain’s sailors will be looking to see 2007 off to a strong start at the first major event of the year – the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta – which gets underway at Biscayne Bay on Monday. All eyes will be on the new Star pairing of Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson following the breakup of the the Percy - Mitchell partnership... [more]

Paul Henderson on Sailing on the Net & Miami OCR and Olympic Sailing
By Paul Henderson,
Olympic sailor, former ISAF President, and current IOC member, Paul Henderson comments on the entry statistics for the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta and also the success of sailing at Olympic level along with the reduction to ten medals in 2012.... [more]

Germany I shows off its new design
By United Internet Media,
A Black-Red and Gold design on a white hull – that’s how the German America's Cup Yacht Germany I will start at the 32nd America's Cup. Two and a half months before the first start of the regatta season on the 3rd of April, the United Internet Team Germany presents the new boat design at the boat show 'boot' in Dusseldorf... [more]

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