A Cruel Twist


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A Cruel Twist

In most places, sunshine, perfect temps and a Wednesday evening with friends spell great sailing. But, as I'm quickly learning in my new Seattle home, good weather can spell no wind. The stunning, snow-capped mountains surrounding town have a knack for holding onto windless, high-pressure systems during sunny spells, as our local J/105 fleet experienced last night.

Thankfully, the RC was merciful and didn't make us float for too long. Amazing to be wishing away the beautiful sunshine already, but a little bit of wind factored into the equation would be a great thing. Luckily— or so I'm told—cancellations due to absolutely no wind are fairly rare here. But, coming from a place that uses the term “liquid sunshine” as survival currency in the winter, I have my doubts...

In places where there was wind, American sailors have been performing well, especially US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members. At Germany's famous Kiel Week, Team Tunnicliffe (Anna Tunnicliffe, Debbie Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer) came away with a hard-fought bronze medal in the Women's Match Racing event.

In the hyper-competitive Star Class, USSTAG members Mark Mendelblatt and Magnus Liljedahl also scored a bronze. Clay Johnson, a member of the US Sailing Development Team, earned a silver medal in the always-competitive Laser class—an impressive showing for this young Toms River, NJ native—and USSTAG's Paige Railey won gold in the Laser Radial class for the second year in a row.

Meanwhile, results from the 2010 Newport-Bermuda race have become available in the past few days and class winners will be honored in style this Saturday at Bermuda's Government House.

And in Newport, RI, much attention will be focused on this weekend's Melges 24 Nationals and the Melges 32 Northeast regatta, both of which start today at Sail Newport.

Fair winds and following seas,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Team Tunnicliffe happy with Bronze at Keiler Woche
Team Tunnicliffe,
Team Tunnicliffe came away from Kiel Week with a Bronze medal. It was a hard fought battle in tough conditions, and despite being initially disappointed, we are happy with our overall result... [more]
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Swan East American Challenge - Swan 56's joint winners
Nautor Swan,
Swan East American Challenge this year has been won by two yachts - after both Swans won their respective classes in the Newport Bermuda race. Both winners will be presented with the prestigious silver Swan East American Challenge trophy tonight, 24 June 2010 at the Swan owners cocktail and dinner party in Bermuda.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Governor tours Newport division winners
Talbot Wilson,
Newport Bermuda Race. His Excellency the Governor of Bermuda Sir Richard Gozney and Lady Gozney spent the mid-morning today [Thursday] on a tour of three of five division winning boats following the 47th Newport Bermuda Race. On Saturday, Sir Richard will host the winners and guests at Bermuda's Government House for a gala reception and prizegiving.... [more]
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Portugal Match Cup - Some surprise results on day two
Portugal Match Cup Day two and the wind again ruled the race course. Mathieu Richard (French Match Racing) lost both matches today, while Adam Minoprio (ETNZ/Blackmatch Racing) and Torvar Mirsky (MRT) sit at the top of the leaderboard, after winning their matches.... [more]
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Velta a Espana a Vela, Round Spain Race - Sixth for Caffari and Corbel
Coralie Rassinoux,
Velta a Espana a Vela, Round Spain Race.... [more]
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World Blind Match Racing Championships - Day Three
David Staley,
IFDS Blind Match Racing World Championships. - Another day of light winds on Lake Garda. The B2 classified sailors, competing for an IFDS International Championship, have completed their round robin and two matches today resolved the tie-break. Race officials plan to sail semi-finals tomorrow, ‘Ora' permitting.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - How Carina won St. David's Lighthouse
John Rousmaniere,
Newport Bermuda Race 2010. Good boats don't necessarily enjoy good luck, but the odds for good fortune are better when they are sailed by a good, aggressive crew. Rives Potts's 48-foot sloop Carina finished the Bermuda Race on Tuesday morning.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - 76 Teams already confirmed
Fiona Brown,
Melges 24 World Championship - The opportunity to compete for the title at the 1980 Moscow Olympic regatta venue in Tallinn, Estonia has drawn entries from across Europe and even as far afield as Japan. Melges 24 championships always attract a heady mix of the best amateur sailors competing alongside some of the word's most accomplished sailing superstars and this year's event is certainly no diff... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Where is Spirit of Australia?
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race. Race 12 Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland Day 6. The home team, Cork, is maintaining its lead over the fleet, although the pack, led by Jamaica Lightning Bolt, is slowly closing down the miles to their target. The unknown quantity at this stage is Spirit of Australia... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - Provisional Results
Talbot Wilson,
Who won the Newport Bermuda Race? No single boat ‘wins' the Newport Bermuda Race.The classic ocean race has 5 divisions and 16 classes. The 183 boats entered in 2010 raced for over 90 trophies including for 5 major division trophies under the Offshore Racing Rule (ORR) system and a one major prize for IRC that combines most boats in two divisions that choose to be dual scored. Click here for full... [more]
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SpeedDream secures top financial manager to supervise funding
Brian Hancock,
John Carlson has spent the last 15 years at Fidelity Investments. His responsibilities included managing their Emerging Market Portfolio. This kind of high profile business expertise and financial acumen will play a critical part in securing funding for SpeedDream.... [more]
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IYRS and Sail Newport to bring high-performance dinghies to the public
Cynthia Goss,
International Yacht Restoration School's Composites Technology Program students will learn their craft while building a fleet of Moths—a small, high-performance sailboat considered by many to be the fastest, most exhilarating dinghy being sailed today in this new nine-month program that begins this September at the school's Bristol campus.... [more]
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Kieler Woche winners decided
Kieler Woche,
Kieler Woche - ISAF Sailing World Cup. Competitors have had to endure some long days on the water at this years Kieler Woche, which began with blustery wind and waves producing some exciting sailing and then became a crawl to struggle through the schedule with very light and shifty conditions across all course areas.... [more]
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One design time in Porto Cervo
Jill Campbell,
Porto Cervo - The sleek superyachts that graced Porto Cervo Marina for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta last week have given way to pared-down Farr 40 and Melges 32 one design racing machines. From 25th June to 3rd July the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will organize three regattas for the fleets: the Audi Invitational Melges 32, a leg of the Farr 40 European Circuit and the Audi Sardinia Cup.... [more]
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U.S. Melges 24 fleet plans to rock Layline Oakcliff Nationals
USMCA Media,
U.S. Melges' 24 Class is excited and prepared to receive an impeccable line-up of teams for the 2010 Layline Oakcliff Melges 24 Nationals this coming weekend, June 25-27, hosted by Sail Newport. Additional entries are expected to arrive at Thursday's registration. Racing is set and ready to go for Friday through Sunday.... [more]
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Kieler Woche Finns day five - Railey wins Medal race, Gaspic the Gold
Robert Deaves,
Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO) took the Finn class in Kieler Woche from Oleksiy Borysov (UKR) and Rafa Trujillo (ESP) after another light and shifty race. The medal race was eventually won by Zach Railey (USA).... [more]
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Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week tops 140 entries
Rich Roberts,
Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week - It's the first weekend of summer, and more than 140 boats in 16 classes can't wait to sail right into the 26th annual USLBR this Friday. Racing in the West Coast's largest keelboat regatta will be on three courses---one inside and two outside the harbor breakwater---starting at 1 p.m. Friday and at noon Saturday and Sunday.... [more]
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America's Cup: 'New Deal' Protocol sent to teams for comment
America's Cup Media,
In a joint initiative by the defender, San Francisco's Golden Gate Yacht Club and the Challenger of Record, Italy's Club Nautico di Roma, a draft of the Protocol rules for the 34th America's Cup was sent to the challenging teams today. Foremost amongst numerous innovations is a forward-thinking structure that allows funds and assets to transfer from one America's Cup to the next.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race: Carina wins Lighthouse - Nine boats to finish
John Rousmaniere,
Carina has won the St. David's Lighthouse Division in the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race. Owned and sailed by Rives Potts (Westbrook, CT) with a crew blending four families, Carina is the 46th winner of the race's top trophy in the 104-year history of the race, which runs 635 miles from Newport, RI to St. David's Light, Bermuda. There are still nine boats on the race course.... [more]
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Kiel Week impressive showing from USSTAG, USSDT members
Marni Lane,
Kiel Week in Germany (June 23, 2010) – US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) athletes wrapped up another successful day at Kiel Week, winning four medals and grabbing two bullets in the Medal Races today.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10: Narrow escape for Spirit of Australia
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Race 12, Cape Breton Island to Kinsale, Ireland. Day 5. Favourable conditions have led to exceptionally fast progress for the fleet.... [more]
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Portugal Match Cup 2010 -YANMAR Racing hoping for sea breeze and a win
YANMAR Racing media,
Stage 4 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour is the Portugal Match Cup, Portimão. YANMAR Racing is hopeful of further progress up the leader board in Portimão after steadily improving at previous events this season.... [more]
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Kieler Woche Day 4 - Team Tunnicliffe 2-1 in quarter finals
Team Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe reports from Keiler Woche where the quarter finals of the Womens Match Racing is underway. The day started with the final races of the gold fleet round. We were again unsuccessful with our races and finished the round 0-6. However, all that meant was that we were paired up with the 3 seed going into the quarter finals and that was Katie.... [more]
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Stunning images of Alex Thomson's transatlantic crossing on Hugo Boss
Mark Lloyd,
Stunning images by Mark Lloyd of British sailor Alex Thomson during the transatlantic crossing to the USA in his Hugo Boss IMOCA 60 boat... [more]
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Beau Geste enters Port Huron-to-Mackinac race
Peggy Walsh-Sannecki, Free Press,
Beau Geste is the French phrase for a fine or gracious gesture. One look at the newest addition to the Mackinac fleet next month, an 80-foot maxi boat owned by Hong Kong businessman Karl Kwok, and it's easy to see why the boat brings that phrase to mind.... [more]
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America's Cup Protocol scene-setter to be released this week
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's sources confirmed today that the first version of the 34th America's Cup Protocol would be released this week. The document which sets out the conditions under which the 34th America's Cup and the Challenger Selection Series will operate will not name the basic tenets of the event - being the boat, the dates and the venue. These three basics are still the subject of a consultati... [more]
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Newport Bermuda - Noonmark VI wins Gibbs Hill Lighthouse silverware
Talbot Wilson,
2010 Newport Bermuda Race - Noonmark VI crossed the St David's Lighthouse finish line at 1:40:18 EDT on Tuesday morning to take first place in the ‘professional' Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division. Larry Huntington's Snow Lion came second in the Gibbs Hill Division with a corrected time of 55:21:49.... [more]
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2010 USA Sailing Series Event No. 6 - 15 Melges 32 teams in Newport
Joy Dunigan,
2010 USA Sailing Series Event No. 6 will be hosted by Sail Newport on June 25-27. This is an international class and the Northeast Regatta roster supports this concept with the inclusion of Italy's Carlo Perrone (Lorenzo Bodoni, tactician) on Atlantica 19 and from Japan, Takashi Okura (Tony Rey, tactician) on SLED will compete for the very first time.... [more]
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Newport - Bermuda 2010 Noonmark VI wins Gibbs Hill Division
John Rousmaniere,
Newport Bermuda Race 2010 Noonmark VI has handily won the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy based on provisional standings for the 47th Newport Bermuda Race.... [more]
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New Luxury European Superyacht arrives from Australia
Media Services,
There is a new arrival in Europe. Having waited for her to travel halfway around the world from her birthplace in Australia the anticipation of her owner is tangible. Singularity is no ordinary cargo and she is no ordinary yacht. At 24.5 metres (80-feet) with a maximum beam of 5.33m (17.49-feet), the Lutra 80 Singularity is a slender thoroughbred, conceived with performance and luxury in mind.... [more]
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Exodus Film Group secures USA rights to series based on Velux 5 Oceans
Velux 5 Oceans,
Phil Keoghan of 'The Amazing Race' to Partner on, Co-Produce and Host the new series bringing the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11 Race to North American audiences... [more]
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