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Sail-World USA: 22 May 2010

Plenty to ponder, Peter Isler, Navigator, TEAMORIGIN.  Ian Roman/TEAMORIGIN
Welcome to's USA newsletter for 22 May 2010.

After a brief time-out the sail racing world fired up again yesterday and overnight with the Louis Vuitton Trophy getting off to a stutter start in La Maddalena, Sardinia. And, the second round of the World Match Racing Tour is through to the Quarter Finals in Germany.

We have reports on all these events in this edition of Sail-World.

Coming up we can expect some fireworks.

The British continued their string of woeful international performances, with a spinnaker snafu costing then the lead in the Louis Vuitton Trophy. This is make or break time for TeamOrigin having despatched their Director, Mike Sanderson, earlier in the week, on the back of a similar series of errors in the first Louis Vuitton Trophy in Auckland and then in the first round of the Audi MedCup in Cascais.

Torvar Mirsky leads Bjorn Hansen away from the shore during their match on day 3 of Match Race Germany 2010. World Match Racing Tour. Langenargen, Germany.   World Match Racing Tour ©

Sanderson took the rap for that. Still the errors continue. What or who is next? We'll be following the fortunes of TeamOrigin very carefully in Sardinia, and beyond, to see if the team that has so much promise and so much talent, can deliver a strong overall result.

All aboard for the Skylark! 2010 Beijing Sailing Centre Ladies Cup - pushing sailing into new countries will be part of the ISAF change of course.  Kevin Liu

There's some other very interesting stories in this issue, including the second part of the interview with Phil Jones, who presented the ISAF Olympic Commission report to the Mid Year meeting of the ISAF. If you haven't read the report - take the time to read. The ramifications will go far and deep - and have to - if Yachting is to retain its Olympic position after 2016.

Don't miss your opportunity to win one of ten copies of PredictWind, the world's leading wind and weather forecasting system developed for sailors - whether racing or cruising. Also have a look at the latest release on which features some great new features, to significantly improve the use and information that can be obtained from what was already an outstanding application.

Victory for Jaggi - 2010 PWA Ulsan World Cup  © John Carter / PWA

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Virbac on the Waitemata, 22 May 2010  Richard Gladwell

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Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena - Surprises in light conditions
Louis Vuitton Trophy,
Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena. The savage gusts and roiling waves of last week's mistral were a distant memory today as only the first matches of the schedule were able to be sailed in light and benign conditions on the opening day. There were plans for three flights with two races in each flight, and provision for a fourth flight if everything went to schedule.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour Match Race Germany - Richard rules Round Robin
World Match Racing Tour,
Day 3 of Match Race Germany saw Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team securing a safe spot in the Semi Finals, after a dramatic final luffing battle with Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar. Five skippers were however, pushed out of the event, namely Paolo Cian (ITA) Team Italia, Ian Ainslie (RSA) Team Proximo, Mads Ebler (DEN) Ebler Matchracing and Kathrin Kadelbach (GER) EWE Sailing... [more]
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Swiftsure Race Tracker Update!
Donna Randall,
Global Star and West Martine have joined forces for the 2010 Swiftsure International Yacht Race to provide the 'SPOT 2' units that will be carried aboard the yachts to provide race tracking information.... [more]
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Images of the new Virbac sailing on the Waitemata harbour + video
Richard Gladwell,
Images of the new Virbac out sailing on the Waitemata harbour today, along with a righting test video... [more]
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WMRT Match Race Germany Triple winner Gilmour still tough to beat
YANMAR Racing Media,
Match Race Germany – Day 2 Lake Constance - the second round of the 2010 ISAF World Match Racing Tour. In their first match of the day, Australian Peter Gilmour's YANMAR Racing team, with crew Christian Pontin (FRA), Nils Bjerkäs (SWE), Yasuhiro Yaji (JPN) Martin Berntsson (SWE), were pitted against the 2009 ISAF World Match Racing Champion New Zealander Adam Minoprio... [more]
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U.S. Multihull Championship kicks off Adult National Championships
Jake Fish,
2010 U.S. Multihull Championship (USMC) - Interest in multihull racing is at an all-time high in the wake of the excitement displayed for the America's Cup. This year's USMC starts on Monday, May 24 in Shoreacres, Texas at the Houston Yacht Club (HYC).... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series Europe - Attendance record in Scarlin
Joy Dunigan,
Audi Melges 20 Sailing Series in Europe 2010 second round takes place this weekend. The bulk of the entries reside in Italy with others traveling from Germany and the USA.... [more]
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Match Race Germany - Williams and Mirsky dominate
Match Race Germany day 2. Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar, who started his 2010 Tour campaign here and Torvar Mirsky (AUS) Mirsky Racing Team, dominated.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy: Teams gather for opening ceremony
Louis Vuitton Media,
Ten international sailing teams, including three from the host nation Italy, gathered on the waterfront at the Porto Arsenale in La Maddalena this evening for the opening ceremony of the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena. The Mediterranean's famous mistral has eased and the ceremony will take place in soft, warm evening breezes after a hot, sunny, cloudless day. The now-traditional press confe... [more]
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PWA Ulsan World Cup 2010, Day 7 - Winners crowned
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Ulsan World Cup 2010, Korea – Day 7. Following two consecutive days of fast and furious racing, the competitors were greeted on day 7 with glorious sunshine and flat calm waters off Jinha beach. Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde) sailed consistently all week with very few mistakes or surprises.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Herrmann and Breymaier form new team
Barcelona World Race,
In Barcelona World Race news, the new team of Boris Herrmann and the American Ryan Breymaier will face the starter's gun. As the first German to compete in the IMOCA Open 60 class, Herrmann is used to cutting a pioneering wake. He was the youngest Mini skipper in the 2001 and then last year he became the first German skipper to win a major shorthanded ocean race ....... [more]
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Olympic Commission Report analysis - Interview with Phil Jones Part 2,
Part two of our interview with Commission chairman Phil Jones, as he explains the Olympic Commission report, published earlier in May.... [more]
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Korea Cup 2010 – 50 boats on the start line - one start line...
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Bright and breezy was the order of the day, with an onshore breeze of 15 kts, and a windward/leeward course set just a matter of yards from the entrance to the regatta marina. The start line was substantially biased towards the boat end (although very few boats seemed to notice), and some observers were surprised to find that ALL boats would be starting together.... [more]
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Match Race Germany Day 1 - YANMAR Racing 2-1 show plenty of speed
YANMAR Racing,
YANMAR Racing finished day 1 of Match Race Germany on Lake Constance, Langenargen with two wins and one loss. Peter Gilmour was pleased with the team's good speed and upwind tactics.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club's 156th Annual Regatta entry deadline June 7th
Dana Paxton,
The New York Yacht Club's 156th Annual Regatta presented by Rolex has less than four weeks until it's start and has a June 7 entry deadline. The largest boat entered, to date, is the 72-foot yacht Rán, owned by Niklas Zennström (London, U.K.) and representing the Royal Southern Yacht Club.... [more]
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Finn World Masters 2010 - Competitors from 23 nations
Robert Deaves,
Finn World Masters preliminary entry list includes 190 sailors from 23 nations. The favourite has to be the three times winner and defending champion Andre Budzien (GER) though 2006 winner Michael Maier (CZE) is also on the preliminary entry list and should provide a strong challenge.... [more]
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Finn Europeans - Local hero receives championship trophy
Robert Deaves,
Last Sunday night outside YC Labud in Split, Croatia, local hero Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic received the Finn European Championship trophy for the second year running.... [more]
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Match Race Germany - Slow motion ballet duets form day one round robin
WMRT Media,
Match Race Germany competitors have provided a series of slow motion ballet duets for the start of the Round Robin. The four to five knots of wind on Lake Constance from the South West has brought out the best in lake sailing ability, with some skippers like Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team preferring these conditions, having been taught on ‘Lac de Maine'.... [more]
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PWA Ulsan World Cup 2010 Korea, Day six - Rivals fall by the wayside
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Ulsan World Cup, in Korea saw a tough day at the office as Karin Jaggi leap out in front, whilst Antoine Albeau strengthened his lead as his rivals fall by the wayside.... [more]
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US Sailing interviews Stanford Coach John Vandemoer
US Sailing,
In this question and answer session with Vandemoer, he discusses a number of relevant topics surrounding college sailing, including an approach to practice plans, what he looks for in potential recruits, making the transition to the college game, offseason training, and more...... [more]
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Perth 2011 ahead of the curve on Olympic Commision Report
Samantha Scott / Perth 2011,
Perth 2011 Chairman Hon Ian Campbell has welcomed the findings of a recently released report by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Olympic Commission, to the ISAF Executive Committee.... [more]
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