Anyone familiar with U.S. Olympic sailing is aware of a certain peculiarity with how the U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) chooses its Olympic representatives: Rather than averaging results from multiple international events, the U.S. has historically used a one-regatta, winner-take-all format.
While this methodology does an excellent job of replicating the sort of stand-and-deliver pressure that is the Olympic Games, it doesn't consider that sometimes, somebody just has a bad regatta, nor does it show how some handles a really high quality fleet, where they have to fight for space.
Will the new US selection method deliver more US sailing medals? - Anna Tunnicliffe at Kieler Woche Regatta 2009 (Photo: Luther Carpenter)
Dean Brenner, OSC Chairman, announced this week that for the 2012 Olympic Games, to be held in Weymouth/Portland, England, the U.S. will switch to a international multi-regatta format for choosing its team members.
Now, aspiring U.S. Olympic sailors can average their results from two international events—the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta (Weymouth/Portland, England, scheduled for June 5-11, 2011), and International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Championship (Perth, Australia, scheduled for December 3-18, 2011)—to earn a berth on the team. (N.B., the sole exception is the Women's Match Racing, which will instead average sailors' results from two separate regattas, one in Miami, Florida in October, 2011, the other in Weymouth, England in spring 2012.)
'Most of the top countries use a combination of international events. We were one of the few countries not using some kind of international selection procedures,' said Brenner. 'The Olympic sailing program's primary mission is to field a team of athletes most capable of achieving success at the Olympic Games, and we believe this new system gives us the greatest chance of achieving that mission in 2012.'
Hats off to Brenner and the USC for taking this sensible step, yet another example of the excellent strategic thinking that the USSTAG is enjoying under Brenner's capable leadership.
And on the AC front, San Francisco—BMW/Oracle boss Larry Ellison's hometown—is now the only U.S. city in contention for hosting the 34th Defense. While European bids are still being considered, this is a big step towards naming the venue. Stay tuned.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt Sail-World USA Editor
US Sailing 2012 U.S. Olympic Team New selection methods Marni Lane, US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has finalized the selection procedures for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing in the 10 events selected for the 2012 Olympic Regatta, set for July 27- August 12, 2012. Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify based on their combined performance at two international events.... [more] Share this story
Anna Tunnicliffe - gearing for Laser Radial World Championships Anna Tunnicliffe, Laser Radial Worlds 2010 report from British born US sailor Anna Tunicliffe - Scotland has lived up to everything everyone has told me. The scenery is amazingly beautiful, but it rains frequently. The water is quite cold, but the wind provides fantastic sailing. I have been here in Largs for the last week and a half, training to get ready for the 2010 Laser Radial World Championships.... [more] Share this story
PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix - King and Queen supreme PWA/Paul Grifffiths, PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix. Three times Pozo champion, Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC) stole the show from local lad, and 2009 Pozo champion, Philip Köster (Starboard, NeilPryde, Dakine) in an epic showdown of world-class talent.... [more] Share this story
F18-Worlds 2010 Tight at the Top Sail-World.com, F18-Worlds 2010- Two finals races today for the Gold fleet at the 2010 F18 Worlds in Erguy,France. Having lost the lead today Bundock is still looking to win his 13th multihull world championship and will be looking for a big final day to try and peg back Olivier Backes (FRA) who is sailing very conistently with a 5,5 day and Hugh Styles (GBR) who rocketed back up into second place with a second p... [more] Share this story
470 World Championships - Delta Lloyd Men's and Women's preview James Boyd, Men's 470 and Women's 470 World Titles - 40 nations will compete for the Men's 470 and Women's 470 World Titles. Looking to defend their World Championship title will be Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic. Currently number six in the ISAF rankings, these Croatian sailors have had a good season so far, podiuming in four of the six regattas they have competed in.... [more] Share this story
Coast Guard corrects report re Newport Bermuda Race John Rousmaniere, U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue has corrected a posting on its online rescue report, On Scene, that identified a boat that was dismasted and abandoned in the Atlantic on June 15 as a participant in the Newport Bermuda Race.... [more] Share this story
Opti Nationals Live on Sailgroove.org Chris Love, Sailgroove.org is pleased to announce its return to the US Optimist Dinghy Association National Championship with live, streaming coverage of the racing from the 2010 venue, Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville, VA July 19-24. Over 300 sailors will be competing in three events: Team Race Nationals (July 17-19), Girls Nationals (July 20), and Fleet Race Nationals (July 21-24.)... [more] Share this story
Ficker Cup gets upgrade and rescheduled with Congressional Cup Rick Roberts, U.S. Match racing news this week. It begins with the announcement of the upgrade of the Ficker Cup from an ISAF Grade 3 event to a Grade 2 in 2011. This three day event hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club offers the winner an invite to the next Congressional Cup, North America's only Open Grade 1 event.... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Worlds start Friday - keeping the powder dry Laser Worlds, Laser Radial World Championships - After nearly a week of blustery Scottish winds, many of the competitors preparing for tomorrow's start elected to rest, to sail only briefly or to participate in only part of today's official practice race.... [more] Share this story
Match Cup Sweden – Favourites out WMRT/amended Sail-World.com, World Match Racing Tour, Stena Match Cup Sweden update from Marstrand, Sweden: The wind spun round to the South today at Stena Match Cup Sweden altering the game plan for the final five flights of Stage one of the event.... [more] Share this story
Delta Lloyd IFDS Worlds 2010 – Top sailors arrive in Medemblik Sandra Dijksman, Delta Lloyd IFDS Worlds 2010 is to be hosted in Medemblik this year and by now the worlds top disabled sailors have arrived at the Regatta Center. Boats are being measured, competitors qualified and some teams are already practicing the races.... [more] Share this story
BoatU.S. Emergency Beacon saves three lives off California coast Boat US, The day before departing Crescent City, California, on July 1 for an offshore passage bound for Alameda, California, the shore-bound father of one and three crewmembers aboard the 32-foot catamaran sailboat Catalyst wanted to ensure his daughter was safe. So he went to BoatU.S.' website to rent an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).... [more] Share this story
Images of Atlantic: Charlie Barr's Atlantic record holder Compiled by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com, Pierre Alain Varreon presents more images of Atlantic schooner, the three masted replica of the 1905 Atlantic record holder with Charlie Barr. The record lasted for 75 years until 1980 when Eric Tabarly crushed it with Paul Ricard the foiled trimaran.... [more] Share this story
America's Cup: San Francisco named as sole US venue option Richard Gladwell, Larry Ellison's hometown, San Francisco, has been named as the sole US Defence venue option for the 34th America's Cup by the Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club. In a just released statement, Golden Gate YC syas that the West Coast city 'has put forward a strong, wellrounded venue proposal, and is now the only city in the USA under consideration to host the 34th America's Cup match.'... [more] Share this story
Global Ocean Race: Round the world racing returns to Uruguay Oliver Dewar, Punta del Este, Uruguay, was the South American stopover port for the fully-crewed Whitbread Round the World Race in the mid-1980s and in the following decade, solo sailors in the BOC Challenge pulled into the port at the end of their brutal Southern Ocean leg from Australia. The Global Ocean Race confirmed Punta del Este as the South American stopover port at the end of the 6,000+ mile Leg 3.... [more] Share this story
East Coast Trifecta Match Racing Series announces 2010 overall winner Luiz E Kahl, East Coast Trifecta Match Racing Series announcement: Officials from the Knickerbocker Cup, the Chicago Match Cup and the Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup today announced that the overall winner of their three Grade two match racing regattas will automatically be invited to the 2011 Congressional Cup, hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
Long Beach Yacht Club's Friday Night Match Racin' in the Bay Rick Roberts, Long Beach Yacht Club's Friday Night Match Racin' in the Bay is this Friday, July 9. Two hours of match racing (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) with our club-owned Solings, starting and finishing in front of the club.... [more] Share this story
F18 Worlds 2010 Still plenty of racing says Ashby Sail-World.com, Triple F18 World Champion Glen Ashby is back up the fleet after the first three races in the finals of the Erguy F18 Worlds, but he thinks his former F18 partner Darren Bundock will take this title.... [more] Share this story
Optimist European Championship - Tricky wind conditions IODA, Optimist European Championship. Tricky wind conditions made it a difficult day for racing, not only for the sailors but also for the Race Committee. Races started in the afternoon in 12 knots of wind which gradually dropped to 3-4 knots. Due at least in part to the diffgicult conditions, places keep changing in the top ten of both the boy and girl rankings.... [more] Share this story
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for July 2010 released ISAF, ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 7 July 2010 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 18 August 2010 up to and including Skandia Sail for Gold in Britain, Laser Radial Women World Championship in Great Britain and the 470 World Chamionships in Netherlands.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship preview Jake Fish, U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship preview. Defending champion and US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) member Genny Tulloch returns to compete in her third consecutive USWMRC. Former USSTAG member Katy Lovell (New Orleans, La.) will compete in her sixth consecutive USWMRC... [more] Share this story
F18 World Championships – Images from Day three in Erguy, France Philippe Guegan & Sail-World, F18 World Championship 2010 is currently under-way in Erguy, France. This is the 10th anniversary of the championship, which is why it has returned to its birthplace. Philippe Guegan has taken some excellent images for you to enjoy.... [more] Share this story
Westward Cup Regatta – Mariette averages nine knots around 38nm course Peta Stuart-Hunt, Westward Cup Regatta - Taking into consideration their immense proportions, a large crowd of spectators in Cowes, were thrilled at the sight of an incredibly close-run finish between the Big Class yachts racing at the inaugural Westward Cup Regatta taking pride of place on Solent waters this week.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11: Legendary French yacht to participate Sarah Hames, Respectons La Terre has already completed five round-the-world voyages – and now the legendary French yacht is to embark on her sixth circumnavigation of the globe in the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more] Share this story
Images from the start of the Pacific Cup Erik Simonson pressure-drop.us, Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us presents an image galley from the start of the Pacific Cup from San Francisco to Hawaii.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40 World Championship countdown begins Emily Caroe, Extreme 40 World Championship - The stunning bay of Portorož on the Adriatic Coast will be centre stage for the Extreme 40 teams lining up for the inaugural race. Hosted by The Ocean Racing Club, the teams will be put through their paces over six days of Olympic style fleet races, starting at the world-renowned Kempinski Palace Hotel.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Youth Match Racers finish intensive camp Stephanie Larsen, Twenty five U.S. youth sailors just completed an intensive five-day match race training camp run by three-time U.S. national champion and US Sailing Team Alphagraphics women's match race coach Dave Perry (Southport, CT).... [more] Share this story
Optimist European Championships - Launching in 20 knots Optimist Class association, Optimist European Championship, Kamien-Pomorski Poland. Day 5 report.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship Johno Fullerton, Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2010 - Istanbul, Turkey. Preview. There will be a record attendance at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2010 with 344 sailors representing 63 nations. Racing is held across eight events, which use four classes of dinghy and one windsurfer. World champions will be identified for each event for both Boy's and Girl's.... [more] Share this story
F18 Worlds 2010 - from Featherduster to Rooster Sail-World.com, F18 Worlds -Erguy France - After the first day of racing an examination of the leaderboard showed a notable absence, running down the first page and then second and third at last there was the three times F18 World Champion, Australia's Darren Bundock with his British Crew Will Howden in an unfamilar 111th place in the 159 boat fleet, definitely feather duster territory for the 12 times multihull... [more] Share this story
PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix- Day one winner the breeze PWA/Paul Griffiths, PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix – Day One. Wave sailing's elite arrived in Pozo to battle it out in the relentless wind and waves with the local hotshots, but were left becalmed on the boulders, creating an unusually relaxed vibe for the opening day of world-class competition.... [more] Share this story
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