Walking from my place in Seattle to Shilshole Marina yesterday afternoon, I saw a curious sight: on a road that leads down to the water via an evergreen-filled local park, a lone biker came speeding past, clad in his drysuit, lifejacket and dinghy boots. The road led steeply downhill, taking on switchbacks as it quickly bleeds off elevation before terminating at a beach—and, no doubt for our drysuit-clad hero—the dinghy park.
The punchline? It was a windy and warm evening— a rare combination in this neck of the woods — and while the sky was smeared with haze, obscuring the sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains, it was no doubt a superb night of sailing on Puget Sound.
May these primo conditions please last for tonight's racing!
But should it crap out—here or anywhere—tomorrow night, racers everywhere have one in the bank, starting Thursday. Sky Sports will be broadcasting the 1851 Cup Regatta, a one-off match-racing series between TeamOrigin and BMW/Oracle that took place during this year's Cowes Week (starting Thursday and running through Sunday). For match-racing freaks, this is the real-deal action; let's just hope the outcome isn't a harbinger for anything more serious for our team than early program hiccups.
Skandia Sail for Gold wrapped up this past Sunday and several US SAILING Team AlphaGrapics (USSTAG) members have written insightful debriefings about their experiences. While gold didn't cross the Atlantic westbound this time, USSTAG sailors did have many solid finishes in a variety of fleets, as well as two bronze medals. Hats off to a great effort — may it lead to an even more successful 2012 Olympics.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings - 18 August 2010 ISAF, ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 18 August 2010 have been released.... [more] Share this story
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Finn Silver Cup - Finn class heads to San Francisco Robert Deaves, The Finn Silver Cup for the Jorg Bruder Cup – the Junior World Championship – will get underway on August 20. San Francisco will be the centre of the Finn World for the next three weeks as this is followed by the Finn Gold Cup on 27 August.... [more] Share this story
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Yachting New Zealand CEO announces resignation Jodie Bakewell-White, Yachting NZ, Des Brennan, Chief Executive has announced that he will be leaving Yachting New Zealand at the end of September: 'I joined Yachting New Zealand early in 2005 following disappointing international results in the preceding Olympic cycle. The organisation lacked clarity of purpose and was under resourced. Today we have a great team of people at Yachting New Zealand.'... [more] Share this story
J24 World Championship - Homewin in downpour www.j24worlds2010.com, Worst possible touristic conditions but perfect sailing on the second day of J24 in Malmoe. Light and tricky winds in the first race was followed by broaches and breakage in the second, both races in heavy rain. Even starts and tight roundings challenges crew work and nerves for the participants.... [more] Share this story
Audi MedCup Circuit returns to Cartagena in a week Sabina Mollart-Rogerson, Audi MedCup Circuit 2010 - The penultimate regatta, the Caja Mediterráneo Region of Murcia Trophy starts off Cartagena in just one week's time and has drawn a full complement of 11 TP52 teams and five GP42's. With the public village opening next Saturday the Audi MedCup logistics team is working at full stretch to make sure everything is ready for another successful visit to Cartagena.... [more] Share this story
Bayview Yacht Club offers free admission to International Match Race Bruce Babiarz, Toyota International Match Race for the Detroit Cup, is open to the public free of charge for all four days of sailing Thursday through Sunday, August 18-22 at the historic Bayview Yacht Club, it was announced today.... [more] Share this story
1851 Cup Regatta to be broadcast on Sky Sports! TeamOrigin, 1851 Cup regatta action in Cowes between BMW Oracle Racing and event winners, TeamOrigin will be broadcast on Sky Sports this week. BMW Oracle and TeamOrigin go head-to-head in the 1851 Cup at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. It recreates the famous race that gave rise to sailing's most revered event: the Americas Cup.... [more] Share this story
Skandia Sail for Gold – Tenth place for Campbell and Nichol Campbell Sailing, Skandia Sail for Gold update from Andrew Campbell: A lot of things needed to fall just right in the medal race Saturday for us to make a move up the leader-board after barely squeaking into the tenth spot. The breaks we finally got on Friday didn't last as we lined up in a gold-star-studded medal race.... [more] Share this story
Hobie 16 Worlds day 2 - What a difference a day makes! Anthony Duchatel, What a difference a day makes!!! Instead of a weak offshore breeze the competitors where met with clear skies and a building breeze. In the Masters, Rod and Kerry Waterhouse are in the lead from William and Lucinda Edwards while in the Grandmasters Anthony Duchatel and Evelyn Curtis put together four first places and a second to be in the lead from Graham Southwick and O. Chan.... [more] Share this story
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends: Caviar, Cocktails and Central Heating Volvo Ocean Race Media, Englishman Butch Dalrymple-Smith was a crewmember aboard the Mexican entry, Sayula II, the winner of the very first Whitbread in 1973-74. In the Volvo Ocean Race's 'Legends Look Back' series ahead of next year's first official reunion in Alicante, Butch remembers the good and bad. 'After each day's six-hour watch, those coming off the deck would be handed a rum tonic or a vodka or gin...... [more] Share this story
Team Tunnicliffe wins a Bronze medal at Skandia Sail for Gold Anna Tunnicliffe, Team Tunnicliffe wins a Bronze medal at Skandia Sail for Gold - Anyway, we had a great regatta with many ups and downs throughout. Two races were highlights for us. The first race was the race against GBR's Lucy Macgregor which qualified us for the semi finals. The second best race of our regatta was our final race against the Netherland's Renee Groeneveld for the Bronze medal.... [more] Share this story
PWA World Cup, Alacati - Buzianis and Arrighetti claim victory Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup, Pegasus Airlines PWA World Cup - Buzianis and Arrighetti claim victory - A full fleet of sixty-four professional sailors competed on the crystal clear waters in the men's fleet, and twenty-one fast and furious females in the women's. With a strong Meltemi breeze blowing, both the men and women completed two full rounds of racing on each of the first two days in perfect conditions.... [more] Share this story
Hobie 16 Worlds - day 1 Anthony Duchatel, Sailing got underway in a very light offshore breeze after an amazing opening ceremony. Rod and Kerry Waterhouse of Australia lead in the Masters from William and Lucinda Edwards of South Africa and Park Byeong Ki/Youn Hae Kwang of Korea.... [more] Share this story
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