For Olympic sailing fans, this week's Skandia Sail for Gold, the culmination of the 2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup, is sure to be exciting, especially considering the 'sneak preview' to the 2012 Olympics this regatta represents. Not only are all of the world's top Olympic-class sailors on hand, but the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta is being sailed on the waters off of Weymouth, England, home to the 2012 games. For sailors, this is the perfect opportunity to check in, speed and tactics wise, with their competition while there's still time to refine training and practice strategies.
At present, the big question is whether Great Britain can defend their 2009 title. Currently, the Brits are topping the country table overall, closely followed by France and Australia; Americans can be proud that our team is currently in fourth place and looking strong, with a large contingent of Yanks from both the US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG), as well as the US SAILING Development Team (USSDT) on hand to represent. Racing begins today and continues throughout the week, with the medal races taking place on Saturday, August 14.
Also in England, TeamOrigin bested BMW/Oracle in The 1851 Cup, a one-off match-race series between these two teams at this year's Cowes Week. While BMW/Oracle won the distance race around the Isle of Wight (and the Royal Thames Cup), this served as a consolation prize—at best—for the Americans. Ben Ainslie, TeamOrigin's redhot skipper will now turn his attention to the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta, where he will take his sailing aggressions out on the Finn fleet.
This will be Ainslie's first Finn regatta since winning a gold medal in the 2008 Games; watch for hard-fought action between Ainslie and his fellow countrymen, as well as pressure from the USSTAG.
And in Tallinn, Estonia, at the 2010 Marinepool Melges 24 Worlds, racing was canceled on Sunday due to no wind.
Thus far, Lorenzo Bressani's UKA UKA Racing, with all-around American sailing great Jonathan McKee calling tactics, is currently in first place. Racing is scheduled to resume on the Baltic today and will continue through Thursday. Be sure to check out shooter Pierrick Contin's great Melges 24 image gallery from this year's Tallinn event.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
PredictWind: Good breeze for opening of Skandia Sail for Gold Richard Gladwell, PredictWind.com is forecasting a healthy seabreeze for the opening day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, being sailed at the 2012 Olympic venue.... [more] Share this story
Lewmar's new Evo Winch range - the latest and greatest winch!! - Video Lewmar's New Evo Winch Range, Lewmar Evo Winch Range - Have a look at Lewmar's new Evo winch range. Offshore yachtswoman Lia Ditton explains some of the Evo's neat features in a short informative video.... [more] Share this story
Moth European Championships 2010 preview Sandra Mudronja, Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships - The Syz & Co 2010 Moth European Championships will start in 10 days on Silvaplana Lake, in the Swiss Alps near St-Moritz.... [more] Share this story
USSDT Gear Up for Sail for Gold at Venue of 2012 Games Sail for Gold at Venue of 2012 Games, Almost 50 members of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) and US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) have descended on Weymouth/Portland, England for the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta, the final stop on the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup circuit.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta - Team Tunicliffe ready to go Anna Tunnicliffe, Skandia Sail For Gold Regatta - Tomorrow, we, Team Tunnicliffe, will begin racing at the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta at Weymouth UK, the final leg of the ISAF World Cup.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Culmination of ISAF Sailing World Cup Lucy Harwood, Skandia Sail for Gold regatta is a few hours away, titles will be won and lost on the waters of Weymouth and Portland. Can Skandia Team GBR defend their title?... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship 2010 day 2 - No Blow No Go Fiona Brown, Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - Despite the best efforts of a determined Race Committee, an almost total absence of any meaningful wind meant that no racing was possible today in Tallinn, Estonia. Italy's Lorenzo Bressani on Uka Uka Racing leads the Championship by four points from the Norwegian Corinthian Oyvind Peder Jahre on Storm Capital Sail Racing Team.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold - Ben Ainslie returns to Finn class Kate Laven UK Telegraph, With a win over America's Cup holders BMW Oracle under his belt after the highly successful 1851 Cup series in the Solent, Team Origin skipper Ben Ainslie now turns his attentions to the Olympics with his first competition in the Finn class since winning a gold medal at the Beijing Games in 2008.... [more] Share this story
Crew management is no different to running a business Tracey Johnstone, Regattas mean bringing together a diverse group of personalities, asking them to work well within a competitive environment and often also staying in the saying in shared accommodation. On water the pressure is on to perform as a team. On land the frustrations from the race track can continue into the beer tent and then into the crew accommodation. Just how does a boat owner... [more] Share this story
SL 16 Open World: coconut shy! Yacht Club Carnac, SL 16 Open World Championship - For the penultimate day of racing, organized by the Carnac YC, competitors have had once again perfect weather conditions. Start was given around 12.30 in a 8 to 10 knots wind and under a shiny sun for four races run in a steady rhythm.... [more] Share this story
Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was Sail-World Readers, Sail-World readers comment on a couple of issues from the past week commenting in the 505 Worlds, TV and sailing, and the speed (or lack of it) from the current America;'s Cup class.... [more] Share this story
TeamOrigin take 1851 Cup beating America's Cup Defender TeamOrigin Media, Ben Ainslie and the crew of TeamOrigin have won the 1851 Cup, sailed off Cowes, Isle of Wight in a celebtration of events that led to the America's Cup competition. On this the fourth day of racing, both teams appeared to have their aggression glands fully open going into today's third race.... [more] Share this story
Abuse penalty marks final day of 1851 Cup at Cowes Stuart Alexander, Passion boiled over, a rare penalty for abuse was the result, TeamOrigin, after winning the start of the first of three races in Stokes Bay, was in a tight situation at the top turning mark and appealed to umpire Bill Edgerton, who waved them away. The volley of fruity reaction was loud. Edgerton was overheard saying: 'I'm not having that' and promptly blasted the Brits... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship images from Pierrick Contin Pierrick Contin images, Melges 24 World Championship 2010. Seventy-nine boats competing in Tallinn Estonia and photographer Pierrick Contin www.pierrickcontin.fr presents this gallery of images from the Training Race.... [more] Share this story
Bermuda Ocean Cruising Yacht Trophy - Cetacea wins again Liz Stott, Bermuda Ocean Cruising Yacht Trophy was once again awarded to Christopher Culver of New York City, skipper of CETACEA, a Hinckley 59, for best combined performance in consecutive Newport Bermuda and Marion Bermuda Races, after her finish in the 2010 Newport Bermuda Race. Amateur crews in monohulls in the Marion race and in the Cruising Division in the Newport race are eligible for the trophy.... [more] Share this story
PWA World Cup Alacati, Turkey 2010 – Event Preview PWA/Paul Griffiths, Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup 2010 - Crystal clear waters, and constant trade winds – It must mean the World Tour is heading back to Turkey for more adrenalin pumping slalom action at the sixth Pegasus Airlines Surf ‘n' Sound sports and music festival in Alacati.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 World Championship fleet assembles in Tallinn Fiona Brown, Marinepool Melges 24 World Championship 2010 - With several days of pre-regatta registration now completed and on the eve of the official start of racing, all seventy-nine boats competing in Tallinn Estonia, were successfully launched before this evening's six o'clock deadline and the regatta's Opening Ceremony at the Kalev Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
1851 Cup - BMW Oracle Racing congratulates British crew BMW Oracle Racing, BMW Oracle Racing may have won the war in a race around the Isle of Wight, but today it dropped a battle on the Solent. BMW Oracle Racing awoke trailing the match race regatta against TeamOrigin 4-1. But with wins today worth three points, the American yacht quickly tied the series by winning the first race.... [more] Share this story
Techno 293 OD Worlds - A Championship to remember! Benoit Tréguilly, Techno 293 OD World Championships 2010 ended Saturday in Martigues, south of France,once the wind finally decided to calm down, allowing two more rounds to be run in each of the five categories.... [more] Share this story
Melges 24 North American Championship - Rochester pulls out all stops IM24CA, Melges 24 North American Championship 2010 begins in just under two months and event hosts at the beautiful and historic Rochester Yacht Club are working around the clock to guarantee a perfect regatta while coming up with creative solutions to make it easier for visiting teams to attend.... [more] Share this story
Louis Vuitton Trophy Hong Kong scrapped RHKYC Media, The World Sailing Teams Association, Louis Vuitton and the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club have announced that preparations for the proposed Louis Vuitton Trophy Hong Kong will no longer continue.... [more] Share this story
Royal Hamilton Hosts 2010 Optimist Dinghy Canadian Championships Colin Jacobs, Starting on Sunday August 22, young sailors aged from 8 years to 15 from Canada, France, Bermuda and the United States will be competing in the 2010 Optimist Dinghy Canadian Championships at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club.... [more] Share this story
Images from Cowes: 1851 Cup, Historic Round the Island Race Ian Roman, TeamOrigin's photographer Ian Roman, is on the water for the 1851 Cup, an updated reenactment of the events that led to the creation of the event now known as the America's Cup. He presents this gallery from the historic Round the Island Race... [more] Share this story
Steve Clark looks to retake Little America's Cup Barby MacGowan, Steve Clark has been dreaming of winning back the Little America's Cup for the USA ever since he lost it to Canada in 2007. In 1996, Clark's 25- foot C-Class Catamaran Cogito had blown away designers and engineers with its mammoth wing sail and unmatchable speed, and it defeated Australia's defender to win the International C-Class Catamaran Championship, referred to as the Little America's Cup.... [more] Share this story
505 World Championships win to fast Danes Dansk Sejlunion, SAP 505 World Championships - If you can't win the regatta then perhaps winning the final race is the next best thing. That's what Jan Saugmann and Morten Ramsbæk did today in the final heat in Aarhus, Denmark.... [more] Share this story
Discussion and dialogue with potential teams in Cowes Tim Jeffery, BMW Oracle Racing CEO, Russell Coutts, came to Cowes, birthplace of the America's Cup, to update potential teams about plans for the 34th America's Cup, scheduled for 2013 or 2014.... [more] Share this story
$150,000 raised for US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program Marni Lane, Sailing Foundation of New York raised an impressive $150,000 for the US Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Program last weekend at the Golden Spinnaker Regatta and Gala. Hosted by the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court in Newport, the successful day and evening event celebrated the hard work, team work and dedication required to achieve success at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.... [more] Share this story
BMW Oracle Racing upholds tradition in race around Isle of Wight Tim Jeffery, 1851 Cup - In a race today marked with penalties, blown sails and broken equipment, BMW Oracle Racing defeated TeamOrigin around the Isle of Wight by 1 minute and 55 seconds to win the Trafalgar Cup.... [more] Share this story
1851 Race to be restarted after Needles Sue Pelling/CWL, ACC 1851 Cup round the Island race which started 1130 from East Cowes this morning will restart shortly after passing the Needles. This is to allow both boats to arrive back in Cowes together.... [more] Share this story
1851 Round the Island Race - More images from Ingrid Abery Ingrid Abery images, 1851 Round the Island Race imagery from photographer Ingrid Abery... [more] Share this story
1851 Round the Island Race images from Ingrid Abery Ingrid Abery images, 1851 Round the Island Race imagery supplied by Ingrid Abery.... [more] Share this story
SL16 World Championship - Athletic conditions in France Carnac YC, SL 16 World Championship started today at Carnac Yacht Club for the 25 crews competing. France, the Netherlands, Great Britain and the United States have all sailed this morning with the desire to win races and inevitably, the title.... [more] Share this story
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