Heat waves are nobody's best friend, and the States has been gripped with numerous walls of hot weather, from Seattle clear across to New York.
And while the east coast is still looking at some hot, sticky weather for the next day or so, sailors out in my hometown area of Seattle have been loving the 'post-heat-wave weather' (if you can even call one 90-degree day a heat wave). The astonishment? There was even some breeze this weekend, allowing local sailors to finally enjoy some long, sun-soaked days of summer sailing after months of sodden starting lines.
On the bigger sailing stage, much Olympic-level attention this weekend was devoted to the US Sailing Center of Sheboygan, in Sheboygan, WI, where the U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship took place. The racing action lasted a full five days, with Genny Tulloch, a member of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) the defending U.S. Women's Match Racing Champion (USWMRC), successfully defending her title against former USSTAG member and 2005 USWMR champion Sally Barkow.
Pacific Cup 2010, Day 4 start San Francisco Erik Simonson:h2oshots.com
The Vic-Maui fleet is not far from their Mai Tai's and in the Pacific Cup, all divisions have now started in this pursuit-style race, with the leaders now hundreds of miles into the fun. Depending on when they started, some of this year's Pac Cup boats have dealt with some really light air, but now the fleet is more or less sailing the rhumb line. We'll check back with them soon; in the meantime, there are some great starting-line images from the various days' starts courtesy of Erik Simonson.
And finally, after a personally tough regatta in the Laser Radial World Championships, USSTAG sailor Anna Tunnicliffe continues to share her mental debriefing each day.
Be sure to check this out, as many racers (myself at the front of the list) can certainly benefit from the type of methodical, post-race analysis that Tunnicliffe has shared.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Laser Radial Worlds - Good race for Anna Tunnicliffe Anna Tunnicliffe, Anna Tunnicliffe - I had another good day on the water, finishing second in the only race of the day at the 2010 Radial World Championships. It was the first race in the Gold fleet racing, and what a tricky race it was.... [more] Share this story
Mauri Pro Sailing - The multi lingual online chandlery David Schmidt, Sourcing the right gear for your team and your boat can be tricky business. Proper experience can dictate the difference between an excellent choice and a poor finish on a racecourse or a lackluster cruising experience. Therefore, choosing the right chandlery quickly becomes as important as the equipment itself.... [more] Share this story
Vic-Maui - Pushing towards the Hawaii finish line Mark Gray, Vic-Maui 2010 - The push to the Hawaii finishline is on. Most of the boats have now jibed onto port, after a long starboard tack reach. Several more jibes will probably be needed from here before making landfall.... [more] Share this story
Route Halifax St. Pierre 2010 - Images from the start Guy Perrin, Halifax harbor docks were lined with spectators watching the start of the 2010 Route Halifax St. Pierre Ocean Race, a world class offshore event held every two years (opposite the Marblehead - Halifax race) from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada to Saint-Pierre, France off of beautiful coastal Newfoundland.... [more] Share this story
Newport International Boat Show - 40th Anniversary Carol Dietz, Newport International boat show is celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the show is one of the four largest in-water boat shows in the country and features both power and sail boats displayed over 13 acres along America's Cup Avenue, September 16-19, 2010.... [more] Share this story
Extreme 40 World Championship - Teams line up for inaugural event Emily Caroe, The boat park in Portorož is awash with international sailing talent as the teams entered into the inaugural Extreme 40 World Championship prepare their boats for action.... [more] Share this story
Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds: Long Day 2 on the water in Istanbul sun ISAF Media and Sail-World, 250 boats were rigged in the dinghy park in the glaring Istanbul, Turkey, sun early in the morning of the second day of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, waiting for a sea breeze to form. Competitors had to wait until 16:30hrs local time for the breeze to fill. When the postponement signal was dropped a blaze of dinghies sailed off into the early evening sunshine to try and get a... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Championships Day 4 - Champions in control Laser Worlds, Laser Radial World Championships - Finland's defending champion stepped further clear of the chasing pack today when she sailed to a well earned fifth place from another difficult race at the Worlds on the Clyde off Largs. Both Women's and Men's current title holders lead their championships.... [more] Share this story
Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships - calm before the storm James Boyd, Delta Lloyd 470 World Championships opening day conditions transpired against the possibility of racing, taking place off the Hague, Holland.... [more] Share this story
TeamOrigin update on design resource for AC34 TeamOrigin and Sail-World, TeamOrigin today announced that discussions with JYD for the 34th America's Cup are not progressing. Grant Simmer, who joined TeamOrigin in June after 10 years with Alinghi in various senior roles, including design coordinator, has been undertaking a review of the team's design options. Simmer holds a strong view that with a new design rule soon to be announced, teams need to be in a position t... [more] Share this story
PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix Event summary PWA/Paul Griffiths, PWA wave world tour, this hugely anticipated event in Pozo, had the start marked when Gran Canaria delivered 30-40 knot winds and head high waves over the four day period, allowing the world's best wave sailors to bust out their most impressive moves in front of the international judging panel, and world media.... [more] Share this story
South Carolina Maritime Foundation – Reserve your space now SCMF, South Carolina Maritime Foundation is offering a three-day, two-night sail aboard the traditional tall ship, Spirit of South Carolina from Boston, MA This unique New England getaway is $550 for South Carolina Maritime Foundation members and $600 for non-members. Participants will enjoy three family-style meals per day and will sleep in their own bunk in the communal guest berthing areas.... [more] Share this story
ISAF World Match Racing Tour announces latest TV schedule WMRT, Stena Match Cup Sweden came to an action packed conclusion yesterday where all eyes were on living legend Ben Ainslie from Team Origin taking top title as ‘Maestro of Marstrand'. Torvar Mirsky now moves into second place on the Tour standings with Mathieu Richard retaining his overall lead 17 points out in front of his next contender.... [more] Share this story
Volvo ISAF Youth Worlds: Images from Day 1 at Istanbul Dave Kneale, Top international photographer, Dave Kneale, presents this galley of images from the first day of racing at the Volvo ISAF Youth World Championships being sailed at Istanbul, Turkey... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race - Wind and tide conspire Clipper Ventures PLC, Clipper 09-10. Wind and tide are a powerful combination and both have played their part in slowing the Clipper 09-10 fleet in their race for the penultimate finish line in their 35,000-mile campaign.... [more] Share this story
Pacific Cup 2010 - Four retirements to date as last divisions started Pacific Cup and Sail-World.com, All divisions have started and of to Hawaii, in the biannual 2010nm San Francisco to Oahu race. The fleet ranges from 22 feet with two Mini Transat entries and up to 68 feet. The there is a gap of some 675 nm between the yachts that started on July 5 and the yachts that started last on July 10 which are now about 200nm into the race desperate to catch the yachts that have a 5 day start on them.... [more] Share this story
2010 Laser Radial World Championships - Anna sticks to her plan Anna Tunnicliffe, 2010 Laser Radial World Championships, Anna Tunnicliffe sticks to her plan on day 3 - 'After sitting around for most of the day waiting for the wind to drop, we finally got on the water around 3:45 for a 5pm start of racing. We completed one race, in which I finished with a good fifth place, before the wind died to nothing at the Laser Radial World Championships in Largs, Scotland.... [more] Share this story
U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship Final a thriller Jake Fish, Defending U.S. Women's Match Racing Champion (USWMRC) Genny Tulloch (San Francisco, Calif.), has successfully defended her title. It took all five races to decide a champion as Tulloch held off a hard charging Barkow in a first-to-win-three-races Finals format.... [more] Share this story
Sunderland and US Coast Guard drop Bermuda Race claims John Rousmaniere, Abby Sunderland's father and the US Coast Guard have retracted statements that a boat was lost in the 2010 Bermuda Race. When the young singlehanded ocean sailor Abby Sunderland and her father, Laurence, and brother Zac appeared on NBC's 'Today' show on June 30, 2010, host Meredith Vieira asked Laurence Sunderland to comment on the extensive critical press coverage of his daughter's recent rescue... [more] Share this story
IFDS Worlds 2010 - Testing conditions for Day 1 Sandra Dijksman, IFDS Worlds 2010 - For today there was only one race scheduled. At the start there was a gentle breeze, 5-8 knts from the SW, decreasing during the race. The 2.4mR class had some problems with the starting, caused by major windshifts and a general recall. When they are finally off, the wind started to decrease.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship - Day One in Istanbul Sophie Luther, At the end of the day there are eight different nations leading each of the eight classes and the battle for the Volvo Trophy for the best performing nation is very close between Poland, Spain, Denmark and Great Britain.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Navigating the English Channel Clipper Ventures PLC, Day three of Race 13 and the competition is as close as ever as the Clipper teams navigate their way through the busy shipping lanes of the English Channel. The Clipper 68s are separated by a mere eight nautical miles and the heavier Challenge 67 of Cork has also been performing well.... [more] Share this story
Images from the Pacific Cup: Day 4 Start Erik Simonson, Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us presents a gallery of images from Day 4 Start of the Pacific Cup the biennial fun race from San Francisco to Hawaii, a distance of 2,200nm. 54 yachts are entered in the event ranging from 22ft Minis to 70ft SC70's. of the The Bi-annual FUN race from SF to Hawaii, including 12 two-handed teams... [more] Share this story
Anna Tunnicliffe - Lessons learned at Laser Radial Worlds Anna Tunnicliffe, Laser Radial World Championships, Largs Scotland. Anna Tunnicliffe reports her progress on a day she would probably rather forget. Instead of whining during this blog about how I didn't do well and had bad luck, which today, I created, I decided to share the mental debrief that I had with myself on the way in from the course.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship declared open ISAF, The 40th anniversary edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship was officially declared open at a lively and colourful but unseasonably wet and windy Istanbul last night.... [more] Share this story
F18 Worlds 2010 Erguy France -provisional results 24 hours after event Sail-World.com, F18 Worlds 2010 organisers have finally been able to present a set of provisional results. The official explanation is that their software could not order the tiebreaks correctly so nothing was posted. Seems that they could not get two race officials to sit together to add an extra manual sort column and produce a set of results. Might have even had to sit up quite late. Say another 30 minutes? Hm... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial World Championships day two - Full on Easterly Laser Radial Worlds, Laser Radial World Championships competitors were delivered a testing measure of its notoriously difficult offshore, easterly breeze. In the Men's fleet Poland's Marcin Rudawski, the reigning world champion, was on impressive form.... [more] Share this story
Match Cup Sweden - Women's winner decided WMRT, World Match Racing Tour event this week ran in conjunction with the ‘Women's Stena Match Cup Sweden'. Ten female crews have been racing in boats that will be used in the 2012 Games. The entry of women's match racing to the Olympic competition has already increased the profile of this sport and the ISAF World Match Racing Tour has welcomed paralleling the men's racing with the women for Stage 5.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10: Ireland to Ijmuiden – Asian rivalry steps up a gear Clipper Ventures Ltd, Clipper 09-10 – Ireland to Ijmuiden – Day two update: With just 550-miles in which to prove themselves in the short sprint race to Ijmuiden in The Netherlands, Race 13 promises to be an exciting edge of the seat battle between the ten Clipper teams.... [more] Share this story
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF Worlds: Images from the Practice Day OnEdition, The 40th anniversary edition of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship was officially declared open at a lively and colourful but unseasonably wet and windy Istanbul last night. The world's top youth sailors celebrated the start of the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship with an Opening Ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey. The sailors, coaches, family members and event staff all packe... [more] Share this story
Images from La Rochelle: Kialoa IV Pierre Alain Varreon, Pierre Alain Varreon presents a second gallery of images from La Rochelle, France, this time of Jim Kilroy's magnificent maxi Kialoa IV. She was the penultimate in the Kialoa lineage and competed against Condor of Bermuda (Bob Bell).... [more] Share this story
Images from the Pacific Cup: Day 3 Start Erik Simonson, Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us presents a gallery of images from Day 3 Start of the Pacific Cup the biennial fun race from San Francisco to Hawaii, a distance of 2,200nm. 54 yachts are entered in the event ranging from 22ft Minis to 70ft SC70's. of the The Bi-annual FUN race from SF to Hawaii, including 12 two-handed teams... [more] Share this story
Vic-Maui Yacht Race - going hard down-wind Ed Watson, Vic-Maui Yacht Race - Gear and crew fatigue are now significant challenges to overcome, as the VicMaui boats cover the last few hundred miles of the race. The two leaders, Kinetic and Terremoto!, have both reduced sail to make it easier on the crew. Both boats have recently blown out spinnakers. Sailing fast in open ocean conditions is a tremendous physical strain on man and machine alike.... [more] Share this story
Optimist European Championship - No wind, racing over IODA, Optimist European Championship. The European Championship is over. Unfortunately the wind didn't help much on the last couple of days and sailors and organisers had to be content with the results of the seven races completed over the first four days.... [more] Share this story
Match Racing - ‘Sometimes you are the hammer and sometimes the nail' YANMAR Racing Media, Australian YANMAR Racing's Peter Gilmour came to the Stena Match Cup Sweden, an event the Australian America's Cup skipper had won seven times, off the back of a win at the Portugal Match Cup.... [more] Share this story
Clipper 09-10 - Flying start gets underway from Cork, Ireland Heather Ewing, The second last race of the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race is underway. At 1700 local time (1600 GMT) the cannon fired from the Royal Cork Yacht Club's start line at Weaver's Point near Crosshaven at the mouth of Cork Harbour to set the teams on their way in the 550-mile race to Ijmuiden, Holland.... [more] Share this story
F18 Worlds 2010: Olivier Backes, Arnaud Jarlegan (FRA) World Champions Sail-World.com, F18 Worlds 2010 - Olivier Backes and Arnaud Jarlegan (FRA) new World Champions The official results are STILL not posted. But there are some images... [more] Share this story
Coast Guard Foundation launch fundraising drive in response to tragedy Jennifer Crowley Fyke, The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today a fundraising drive for its emergency Family Disaster Relief Fund in response to the Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crash off the coast of La Push, Washington this past Wednesday, July 7th, that claimed the lives of three servicemen.... [more] Share this story
PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix – Day Four PWA/Paul Griffiths, Pozo champion Victor Fernandez claims victory in the men's fleet in an epic double elimination showdown to add a fourth trophy to his cabinet, whilst Daida Ruano Moreno takes home her twelfth consecutive women's title!... [more] Share this story
Laser Radial Worlds - Bouwmeester and Tunnicliffe share the honours Laser Worlds Press, Anna Tunnicliffe (USA), Olympic gold medallist, proved she has lost nothing from her speed and guile for her break this season from the Laser Radial class as she returned to a first and second place from the first two races of the Laser Radial World Championships which opened today on the Clyde estuary off Largs in Scotland.... [more] Share this story
Platu 25 World Championship: 125+ boats of 10 countries set to compete Sabrina Bonaiti, The Real Club de Regatas de Alicante (RCRA) presented officially the Platu 25 World Championship that will take place in Alicante from the 18th to the 24th of July 2010. Everything is ready in order to welcome this very high level sailing competition, which will convert Alicante into an International sailing centre.... [more] Share this story
Match Cup Sweden - Remaining runners and riders for Semi Finals WMRT, Stena Match Cup Sweden's third day kicked off with mind games as the quarter finals started with a first to three points scenario taking care of semi finals runner and riders selection for Stage five of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour.... [more] Share this story
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