How do you like your (match) racing?

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 09 Oct 2010

The new protocol for the America's Cup has certainly caused a few ripples. Team Origin, Azzurra and the Germans have already said "no thanks" and rumour has it there are more potential challengers ready to throw in the towel. One of the reasons cited is the switch from monohulls to multihulls. So: how do you like your match racing? With lead mines or pickle forks? Side-by-side and neck-and-neck with grunting grinders, or fast-and-loose over-the-horizon home-in-time-for-tea? Please take a mo to vote in our on-line poll (and put your name in the hat for a Musto snug at the same time - we're giving away six).

The China Club Challenge Match wrapped up a couple of days ago, and we have the report here. CCCM is a real home-grown affair, grass-roots sailing in China – which some say is the way things should be. Read the story, and make up your own mind – there's no lack of enthusiasm, that's for sure!

The Bermuda Gold Cup leg of the World Match Racing Tour recently produced a perfect points tie between Ben Ainslie, Ian Williams and Adam Minoprio - they all had 4-1 scorelines in their round robin matches, they went to a “sail-off” and all came back with 1-1 scores, and so Chief Umpire Shane Borrell was then left with the thankless task of deciding who should go through to the Quarter Finals. In the end the decision went against Ian Williams on a how-far-can-you-count-back basis, but I'm glad I didn't have to make the call.

For some fun in the sun at the Punta Fuego Regatta, click on the story and then click on the NOR/Entry Form. Cheapo San Mig and rum ‘n coke, free wine, and even free rooms – what are you waiting for?

Guy Nowell, Editor

China Club Challenge Match - 2nd Half
Alistair Skinner,
22 teams, seven days of racing, around a dozen protests submitted (and 6 heard), close to 30 races completed, and three seminars run. I may be biased, but the Committee Boat team and the Umpires of the China Club Challenge Match should be as proud of their achievements as the eventual winner of the event.... [more]
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Match Racing in Monohulls or Multihulls – Have your say!!
The Sail-World Team,
Now Sail-World gives everyone in the sailing community, both match racers and other sailors the chance to have your say, or rather vote, as we conduct a survey to find out the 'People's Choice' Complete the quick survey below and go into the draw to win one of six Musto fleeces... [more]
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Images from the Day 4 of the J80 worlds, Newport RI
Paul Todd, Outside Images,
Top international photographer Paul Todd (Outside Images) presents this gallery of images from the fourth day of the J80 worlds, Newport RI... [more]
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Jim Farmer to help ensure a 'fair' America's Cup
Georgia racing,
Jim Farmer – owner of the Georgia Racing boats and Director and Trustee of Emirates Team New Zealand - has been named as Director to the Board of the America's Cup Race Management (ACRM), the body charged in the Protocol with providing 'neutral, independent, professional, and fair race management' for the next edition of the America's Cup.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Williams crashes out after thriller
World Match Racing Tour - Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar sponsored by Argo Group crashed out of Stage 8 of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour in dramatic fashion following a three way tie-break between his team, Adam Minoprio (NZL) ETNZ/BlackMatch Racing and Ben Ainslie (GBR) TeamOrigin.... [more]
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TP52 World Championship - Down to the wire in Valencia
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
TP52 World Championship will head into the final day of racing Saturday; could it be the revenge of the countback bridesmaids? Last year in Palma both Quantum Racing and Synergy lost out on first and third respectively on countback to Matador and Artemis. This time they have the upper hand, but only just.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series 2010 - Final round in Almeria
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ 2010 - Eight teams are now taking centre stage here in Almería for the four-day final round of the Extreme Sailing Series™ 2010 season that starts tomorrow [Saturday, October 9th]. Whilst racing is at the forefront of their mind, the skippers have also all personally elected a charity that can share in the reward of coming first.... [more]
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China Cup - Young talents back for more
Jamie Choi,
China Cup - Youth Team is coming back to China Cup for the second time with more experienced sailors from Britain, Singapore, New Zealand and France. Their target is to be on the podium in the newly added class formed by 6 Fareast 26 sailboats.... [more]
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Chris Stanmore-Major gets wet in the marina at La Rochelle
Velux 5 Oceans,
Chris Stanmore-Major goes swimming in the marina during scrutineering. Ever seen a survival suit in action - see how the required personal safety gear checks out. Easy enough in the marina - but the Southern Ocean is something else again.... [more]
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9th Punta Fuego Regatta: NOR and Entry Form
Punta Fuego Regatta Committee,
Just to remind you that the ninth Punta Fuego Regatta, which includes the Fortune Island Race, will take place on 6 and 7 November 2010. The regatta is open to all Keelboats (racing IRC and PY), beach catamarans of any description, dinghies of any description and of course Ocean Multihulls.... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club &,
The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more]
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RC44 World Championships - Regatta of the Year
Bernard Schopfer,
RC44 World Championships Islas Canarias Puerto Calero Cup will take place next week (October 11-16) in Lanzarote, on the Canary Islands. It will be the RC 44 Class' first official World Championship, recognized by the International Sailing Federation.... [more]
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