A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to meet the folks at Sail 4 Cancer, a UK-based non-profit. Officine Panerai, makers of gorgeous boutique watches and sponsors of the Opera House Cup on Nantucket Island partnered with the English charity so that U.S. sailors—and hospitals—could learn of the good work that this group does. Imagine that a close friend, a loved one or even yourself learns the unthinkable news. Amid the awful day-to-day realities of cancer, the opportunity to simply be yourself for a few hours might well seem like an unimaginable luxury.
This gift of a 'respite day' is what Sail 4 Cancer strives to provide by organizing sailing opportunities for cancer patients, as well as their families and caregivers. Just recently, Officine Panerai and Sail 4 Cancer partnered to provide the first of what will hopefully be many sailing opportunities for New England cancer patients. (Be sure to read the story in this issue.)
Meanwhile, at the Laser Worlds, taking place on Hayling Bay off England's Hayling Island, Australian Tom Slingby is standing atop the leader board after the qualifying heats and the first day of the Finals —impressive given the fact that Slingsby, along with John Bertrand and Andrew Palfrey, just won the elusive Etchells Worlds, which were sailed in Howth, Ireland. While it's disappointing to note that there are no Americans on the leader board (yet) it's always great to see someone on a serious sailing winning streak.
On San Francisco Bay, Finn sailors have been enjoying a wet and raucous Finn Gold Cup, with the Bay delivering what it's known best for: breeze. US SAILING Team AlphaGraphic member Zach Railey is currently sitting in fifth place in this hyper-competitive fleet. Look for more Bay action as this elite-level event winds down.
Zach Railey - Finn Gold Cup Robert Deaves /IFA
And be sure to pay attention to the New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series, which kicks off in Newport, Rhode Island next Tuesday (September 7). Twenty-four prominent clubs from around the country will be sending their reps to sail in Sonars and J/22s; the top three boats from this series will go on to represent the U.S. at the NYYC's Invitational Cup, which takes place the following week, also in Newport. Be sure to check out Michael Levitt's great round up, Who's Who at U.S. Qualifying Series for NYYC Invitational Cup in today's issue.
Fair winds and following seas,
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor
Finn Gold Cup - Battle for supremacy Robert Deaves, Rafa Trujillo (ESP) who scored 1-2 and Ed Wright (GBR) who scored 2-5 increased their lead over the rest of the fleet. Race seven got underway under black flag on the third attempt and again turned into a drag race to the right.... [more] Share this story
Sail 4 Cancer host on the water day for Massachusetts cancer patients Henrietta Aitken, Sail 4 Cancer and Officine Panerai hosted several Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center patients on the beautiful modern classic yacht Valiant, owned by Marblehead resident Gary Gregory to commemorate the first-ever North American Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge circuit last month.... [more] Share this story
Laser Worlds Day 5: Black flags - Slingsby survives, Goodison down Lindsay Bell, Tom Slingsby may have emerged from an emotionally bruising first pair of high octane Finals races at the Laser World Championships off Hayling Island, with his overall lead all but intact, but the world title winner from 2007 and 2008 is left with no further margin for error after he was caught out as one of the many black flag transgressors at the first start of day.... [more] Share this story
A sizeable IMOCA Fleet for the End of 2010 IMOCA Media, The Imoca skippers are due to meet up again in St Malo on 31st October for the Route du Rhum-la Banque Postale and in Barcelona on 31st December for the Barcelona World Race. Nine boats are set to compete in the Rhum and at least ten for the Barcelona.... [more] Share this story
Cowes Week 1851 Cup - What a spectacular success! Leslie Greenhalgh, Cowes Week is already one of the world's largest and most successful sailing regattas, bringing together around 1,000 race boats and 10,000 competitors as well as attracting 100,000 spectators during the week but the addition of The 1851 Cup event this year brought the spectacle of sailing to an all time high!... [more] Share this story
The French Apprentice turns Master at the St. Moritz Match Race WMRT, Damien Iehl (FRA) French Match Racing Team was the aggressor on day two of The St. Moritz Match Race in St Moritz, Switzerland, storming through a run of five successive victories including a comprehensive defeat of the reigning ‘King of the Mountain', Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing.... [more] Share this story
470 European Championships - Leaders put the hammer down Luissa Smith, Istanbul produced sun, wind and waves for a spectacular day three of the event. With the discard now coming into play, the British move to the front of the men's fleet and the Italians have become the leading ladies.... [more] Share this story
Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship 2010 – Day 3 Jerelyn Biehl, Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championships day 3 could not have gotten any better for regatta leaders Ernesto Rodriguez and Mary Hall of the US. Continuing on a winning streak, the duo posted a 1-2-1 to give them a significant lead over the fleet. With one race left in the Championship and the possibility of a second discard race, the regatta is virtually done for these two.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 - Maltese task force Giles Pearman, Rolex Middle Sea Race 2010 - Whilst the major surrounding noise will resonate around Esimit Europa 2's anticipated assault on the course record, there is much more to the race than the maxi component. The Maltese participation is a crucial element in the success and popularity of the race.... [more] Share this story
RS:X World Championships - Olympic legend flies into the lead Dansk Sejlunion, RS:X World Championships - Showing that experience pays in this class, so today veteran windsurfer and quadruple Olympic medallist Alessandra Sensini from Italy pulled into the lead at Kerteminde, Denmark.... [more] Share this story
Global Ocean Race - Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron enter Oliver Dewar, Global Ocean Race (GOR) latest entry is the Franco-British duo of Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron: a team that will bring an enormous bank of offshore experience to the double-handed circumnavigation in a new and powerful Class40 Pogo S² from the Structures yard in Bénodet, Brittany.... [more] Share this story
Velux 5 Oceans team up with top marine forecaster Sarah Hames, Velux 5 Oceans has teamed up with marine forecast service PredictWind to ensure skippers and race management have the most accurate weather information available to them. PredictWind combines local topography maps to create the highest resolution wind forecast available for over 20,000 locations around the world.... [more] Share this story
Finn Gold Cup: Day 3 started off as a hurry up and wait kind of day Erik Simonson and David Wells, Day 3 of the Finn World Championships in San Francisco Bay started off as a hurry up and wait kind of day. As the fleet made their way out to the course just off Marina Bay they were greeted by an unusual offshore breeze resulting in the AP postponement pennant going up. This is San Francisco however and it's just a matter of time before the sea breeze kicks in and that's just what it did.... [more] Share this story
Finn Gold Cup - A comfortable lead Robert Deaves, Ed Wright (GBR) has taken a comfortable lead at the 2010 Finn Gold Cup in San Francisco after another outstanding day. With the drop now coming into effect, Wright now has a 13 point lead with four more races to sail before Saturday's medal race.... [more] Share this story
Who's Who at U.S. Qualifying Series for NYYC Invitational Cup Michael Levitt, The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup U.S. Qualifying Series, where 24 preeminent yacht clubs in America will compete, will be held in Newport, RI next week on Sept. 7-11. The top three U.S. teams from next week's event will join the top six teams from the 2009 Invitational Cup plus at least 10 other international teams, September 10-17, 2011 at the NYYC Invitational Cup presented by Rolex.... [more] Share this story
Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championship 2010 - Day 2 Jerelyn Biehl, Snipe Western Hemisphere & Orient Championships 2010 - Ernesto Rodriguez and Mary Hall of the US have made a statement after the second day of racing in Canada. With a 2-1-1, their finishes have vaulted them to the top of the leaderboard with a 12-point lead over their fellow Miami sailors Augie Diaz and Kathleen Tocke.... [more] Share this story
Open 470 European Championships 2010 - A complicated day suits some Luissa Smith, Open 470 European Championships 2010 - It was a crazy, confusing day in Istanbul, yet somehow Gideon Kliger and Eran Sela emerged from their side of the men's qualifying with two first places.... [more] Share this story
New 'double' World Record ratified for Oman Air Majan WSSR Council, The WSSR Council announces the ratification of a 'double' new World Record. Around Great Britain and Ireland double record to Oman Air Majan.... [more] Share this story
US Sailing to launch new health insurance plan for members Jake Fish, US Sailing, the National Governing Body of the sport, has partnered with HTH Worldwide and the Allen Financial Group to offer eligible US Sailing members a health care program designed specifically for sailors. US Sailing's Member Health Insurance Program provides a competitively priced, comprehensive health care plan for members.... [more] Share this story
Rolex Big Boat Series, St. Francis Yacht Club September 16-19 Barby MacGowan, Rolex Big Boat Series, St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, 16-19th September 2010. It's perhaps the only yacht club in the world where spectators can watch boats chase to the finish line set between a special mark and the yardarm atop the club's second-floor Race Deck.... [more] Share this story
RS:X World Championships - A busy lay day Dansk Sejlunion, It may be layday at the RS:X World Championships in Kerteminde, Denmark, but ashore various groups have been active busily ironing out issues such as the future of the class, in meetings culminating in tonight's AGM.... [more] Share this story
World Match Racing Tour St Moritz Match Race - Fierce start to day 1 MaxComm Communication, The opening day of racing at the St. Moritz Match Race dawned bright but cold, with the surface of the lake covered in a thin layer of picturesque mist. So what would happen when Ainslie and Williams went head-to-head?... [more] Share this story
Van Liew Signs First Associate Sponsor Velux 5 Oceans, ONDECK Group has joined forces with Brad Van Liew's ECO 60 campaign to compete in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race, signing on as the first Associate Sponsor and attaining exceptional branding opportunities on the mast, deck and sails of Le Pingouin. ONDECK will also serve as the exclusive source of Official Team Lazarus/Le Pingouin merchandise available to the general public.... [more] Share this story
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