The Man on a Mission


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On a Mission

Tom Slingsby (AUS), 26 had a brilliant year, winning his third the Laser Worlds as well as the Etchells Worlds (just weeks apart), along with crewmembers John Bertrand and Andrew Palfrey. He won four World Cup sailing events from four starts. In addition, Slingsby is heavily involved in the Farr 40 and Moth classes.

During the 2000 Olympics, as a 16 year old Singsby sat on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour every day watching Ben Ainslie and Robert Scheidt, two former winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards battling for the Laser Gold Medal.

He said today ' I was thinking, ‘I want that, that's really what I want to do.' To be considered among them today is really an incredibly big honor,' said Slingsby.

We have much more in depth material on this talented sailor. His post Beijing analysis, he went in as a red hot favorite and bombed, coming 22nd that we've re-published today shows Slingsby is a Man on a Mission.

On Monday we've bring you some more interesting news on this remarkable young sailor.

For the women, windsurfer, Blanca Manchón (ESP) cinched the top honors. 'This is really fantastic,' said Manchón upon accepting her trophy and new Rolex. 'I worked very hard to get here but I'm young—only 23 years old—so I hope I continue to do many things and maybe I will see you again here someday.'

Congratulations to both of these impressive athletes.

In vastly different circles, another of sailing's great victories was decided today as Franck Cammas (FRA) and Groupama 3 took line honors in the fabled Route du Rhum. Cammas, 38, sailed 3,539 miles in 9 days 3 hours 14 minutes and 47 seconds—that's an average pace of 16.14 knots—nabbing his first solo transatlantic victory.

And finally, Artemis Racing this week confirmed their challenge for the 34th America's Cup. The Swedish team, led by chairman Torbjörn Törnqvist, sails out of the Royal Swedish Yacht Club (KSSS); Paul Cayard will serve as the team's CEO, while Terry Hutchinson—fresh off a multi-year, red-hot TP52 program—will drive. 'We have been orienting Artemis Racing toward the America's Cup for more than a year.

With much of the plan for the 34th America's Cup now defined by the Defender, and an early start for the team, we have a tremendous opportunity to mount a winning campaign,' said Cayard. Artemis Racing is the third official team vying for the 34th America's Cup. Interestingly, Juan Kouyoumdjian will serve as the team's official designer (Juan K had previously worked for BMW/Oracle in past Cups). More on this team as it becomes known.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt

Slingsby - the Man on a Mission
Tom Slingsby,
Australia's Laser sailor Tom Slingsby was the gold medal favourite going into the Olympic regatta. But he had a shocker, finishing 22nd overall. After the event Tom talked about what happened and the road ahead. After an amazing season with two World Cahmpionships and four World Cup wins from four event, he is plainly a Man on a Mission.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award winners announced
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award,
ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award winners are announced - Tom Slingsby could not make it to Athens for the ceremony due to electrical storms over Sydney that grounded international flights. Slingsby was surprised when his phone call to 'discuss laser sailing', turned into a live announcement from HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark announcing that he had won.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco makes big move to secure the Venue
Richard Gladwell,
San Francisco took a big step towards securing selection as venue for the 34th America's Cup after the City's Board of Supervisors approved a Host City Agreement setting out the terms and conditions under which the City could be selected by the Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club. To many the selection is now like kissing your sister, as the Defender, San Francisco based Golden Gate Yacht Club sets th... [more]
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America's Cup: Construction of first AC45 well advanced at Warkworth
Richard Gladwell,
Construction of the first of the AC45 catamarans continues apace at the Core Composites building facility in Warkworth, 40 minutes north of Auckland New Zealand. The 45ft long one design catamarans will be used for preliminary events leading to the 34th America's Cup and are designed to be sailed initially by America's Cup crews and they will be handed over to Youth teams from each America's Cu... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Artemis names crew
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing presented its crew today for the fourth and final Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta coming up in Dubai. This match racing regatta will consist of a double round robin, followed by semi final elimination rounds, before a new champion is crowned in the final, a ‘best-of-five' battle between the two top teams, scheduled for 26 and 27 November.... [more]
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Snipe Women's World Championship - Playing the waiting game
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe reports from the Snipe Women's World Championship being sailed from the St Petersburg Yacht Club, Florida, where she and and Molly Vandemoer are currently in the lead after day 2... [more]
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Snipe Class Women's World Championship day 2 results
Snipe Worlds,
Anna Tunnicliffe and Molly Vandemoer lead the Snipe Class International Racing Association Women's World Championship after day 2.... [more]
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Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race day 4
Rich Roberts,
Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race day 4 - Not like two years ago when Baker and his crew were still sailing Magnitude 80, the boat they sailed to set most of their records in other races, although ironically none for their own Long Beach Yacht Club. In 2008 the wind blew too hard, except for Peter Tong's OEX that set the record of 2 days 22 hours 50 minutes 9 seconds.... [more]
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ICSA/Laser Performance Men's and Women's Singlehanded Championships
Allison Jolly,
Conditions continued to be unseasonably chilly and breezy on Tampa Bay, with winds averaging between the mid to upper-teens for the entire regatta. On the women's side, Claire Dennis from Yale had an amazing string of eight wins in a row, but eventually won by only a single point over defending champion Anne Haeger from Boston College.... [more]
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Tom Slingsby - a well deserved World Sailor of the Year
John Curnow,
A little while ago, we saw how Tom Slingsby had no sooner won his third Laser World Championship, than he took to the air to get back in Australia. Once here, he got his foiling Moth out and took to the air, yet again, in preparation for the Moth Worlds on Lake Macquarie.... [more]
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41st Annual PegLegs Round Tortola Race
Guy Phoenix,
PegLegs Round Tortola Race - The annual PegLegs Round Tortola Race organised by the Royal BVI Yacht Club will take place on Saturday, November 20th. This 36-mile event is in its 41st consecutive year of running and this will be the third year in a row that the fleet will undertake a complete circumnavigation of Tortola, starting and finishing off Nanny Cay.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek's challenge for first almost ended in disaster
Velux 5 Oceans,
Ocean racer Zbigniew Gutkowski has suffered a painstaking blow to his fight for first place in the first leg of the Velux 5 Ocean after losing a vital sail. The 36-year-old, known by his nickname Gutek, had been locked in a tense battle with American Brad Van Liew since the race started from La Rochelle, France, three weeks ago.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 - Who's who
New York Yacht Club,
Transatlantic Race 2011 - Next summer's Transatlantic Race 2011 has to date attracted 14 entries and seven provisional ones, with the deadline to enter February 28, 2011. The TR 2011, a distance of 2,975 nautical miles, is from Newport, RI to the Lizard west of Plymouth, England and will feature three staggered starts from June 26-July 3, 2011.... [more]
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77th Nassau Cup Ocean Race
Connie Bischoff,
The Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) kicks off its offshore racing season on Thursday with the legendary Miami to Nassau Race run by Coral Reef Yacht Club and Nassau Yacht Club. Fifteen boats will compete ranging from 32' to 60'. The course starts at Miami's Government Cut, with a beat to Great Isaacs, reach to Great Stirrup and run to the finish in Nassau Harbor.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Cammas and Groupama take transatlantic solo victory
Vincent Borde,
Franck Cammas' achievement is a sizeable one on a trimaran spanning 31.5 metres in length and 22.5 metres wide! After a triumphant departure from Saint Malo where they took the lead of the fleet from the off, Groupama 3 and her skipper led the Ultimate fleet virtually from beginning to end, only conceding their leadership during the first 24 hours.... [more]
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US Sailing - Oregon couple awarded US Sailing's Hanson Medal
Jake Fish,
US Sailing - A crew that rescued a sailor from Payette Lake in Idaho was awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal by the US Sailing Safety-at-Sea Committee for the seamanship they displayed.... [more]
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IRC Congress and IRC 2011
IRC 2011 - The annual IRC Congress was held in Istanbul, Turkey over the weekend of 16 – 17 October. The meetings were a great success thanks in significant part to the efforts of the Turkish Offshore Racing Club.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Brad Van Liew in front again
Velux 5 Oceans,
American Brad Van Liew is out in front again after exciting weekend in the Velux 5 Oceans. It was not easy for Brad to hang on to his lead - and it's not over yet.... [more]
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New Zealand yacht builders win prestigious international awards
Kate Gordon,
Two major yacht design awards ceremonies have seen the talents of New Zealand yacht builders Auckland-based Alloy Yachts, New Plymouth's Fitzroy Yachts, Tauranga's Southern Ocean Marine and Auckland's Yachting Developments recognised on the world stage.... [more]
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Snipe Women's Worlds - Dying Wind, Ripping Current
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Snipe Women's Worlds - Dying Wind, Ripping Current - We had a great first beat to round in second at the first mark. We sailed a smart downwind leg and pulled out a nice lead for the start of the second upwind leg. Half way up the second beat, we began to doubt our speed, probably due to lack of time in the Snipe and this doubt got us out of phase with the puffs.... [more]
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Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race day 3
Rich Roberts,
Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race day 3 - To landlubbers, Long Beach Yacht Club's biennial race to Cabo San Lucas would appear to be a straightforward downwind run over a vast and lonely place, not an 804-nautical mile obstacle course. But as Akela led the fleet past the halfway point Monday there's been hardly a dull moment in its pursuit of the record.... [more]
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ISAF Conference: Kiteboarding with Kristin Boese + Videos
2010 ISAF Conference,
The common perception is that the ISAF Conference is loaded to the gunnels with blue blazered middle aged and elderly men talking a language few others in the sailing world would understand. This year the ISAF are running a blog reporting on the events and presentations and people at the event. Here's one of the gems of sailing and a great piece of video from the Women's Forum at the Confere... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Mascalzone Latino Audi Team get ready
Mascalzone Latino,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Mascalzone Latino Audi Team are getting ready for the 2010 season closing event in Dubai that will also mark the end of the Louis Vuitton Trophy cycle. The appointment in the most famous and populated of the United Arab Emirates will start on November 12th with the inauguration of the Race Village and the opening press conference.... [more]
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America's Cup: Team New Zealand signs BMW Oracle coach
Richard Gladwell,
Australian newspaper, the Bendigo Advertiser reports that Glenn Ashby, America's Cup coach and seven times World A-class catamaran champion, plus Olympic silver medalist and Tornado world champion has signed with Team New Zealand for the 34th America's Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Sweden's Artemis Racing confirmed as a Challenger
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing confirmed today the team's entry as a Challenger for the 34th America's Cup, which will include competing in the America's Cup World Series in 2011-2012 and culminate with the Challenger Selection Series in 2013.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - Actual suffers damage to cross beam
At 0100hrs (CET) this morning (Monday) Yves le Blevec, skipper of the Multi 50 Actual informed his team and the Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale race director that the trimaran has sustained damage to the forward starboard cross beam. The situation is reported to have been stabilised.... [more]
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Seawind buys Corsair and bolsters global network
Jeni Bone,
Perhaps the biggest news in the marine industry in terms of mergers and acquisitions, Seawind Catamarans has bought Corsair Marine, forging a multihull behemoth on all continents and raise the profile of both brands. In this exclusive interview, Sales & Marketing manager for Seawind, Brent Vaughan, explains the reasons, the benefits for both brands and what international customers can expect.... [more]
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Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race Day 2
Rich Roberts,
Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas race Day 2 - Akela, the leader from the start, was still in first place despite going slower than anyone else---at least according to official position reports---while the last three boats---Alchemy, Holua and Vincitore.... [more]
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2010 Kennedy Cup to Maine Maritime
Jahn Tihansky,
Maine Maritime started the day with a comfortable seven point margin over Cal Maritime and 12 over Navy meaning that it was going to require some divine intervention for things to change.... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: The Week that Was - More on the Olympic Decision
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on the Olympic decisions for November - following the 'Olympic Decision - will ISAF get caught by a Yorker?' and the earlier 'Olympic sailing destined for another major jolt at Athens in November'. You can have your say on the Olympic Events by!clicking_here... [more]
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US Sailor Michael Reppy - Sailing to stop dolphin slaughter
Erik Simonson,
Michael Reppy - At age 65, most people look forward to a nice quiet retirement, relaxing vactions and a less frantic existence. Marin County's Michael Reppy, a physical therapist by day, seeks to conquer something that has avoided him for much of his adult life.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - First test sailing in Dubai
Bruno Troublé,
Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - As preparations continue for the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, two of the four race boats being used in the event sailed for the first time at the venue on Sunday afternoon. At 1300, All4One and Emirates Team New Zealand went sailing for an afternoon testing session in the two boats supplied by the Kiwi team. The other two boats for the event, from BMW Oracle Racing, wil... [more]
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The REAL challenges for Olympic Sailing
Rob Size, 470 sailor,
The overwhelming response to this Olympic shake down has been focused around the classes sailed at the Games. This is an important issue no doubt, but in no way the most significant challenge sailing faces as an Olympic sport. The number one challenge faced by sailing as an Olympic sport is the disappointing way in which it is presented on television.... [more]
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Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race Day 1
Rich Roberts,
Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas Race Day 1 - Although a chart shows the course running slightly east of south directly down to the tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, the 804 nautical miles are filled with enough subtleties of weather to challenge the best navigators in the world.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma Ocean Racing building pace
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - With only a year to go to the start of the race, the Volvo Ocean Race teams are making their final crew selections and starting to train before the Volvo Open 70s under construction are ready to hit the water. The second update this week is from PUMA Ocean Racing powered by Berg Propulsion, skippered by Ken Read, who led PUMA's il mostro to second place.... [more]
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Route du Rhum - La Banque Postale: Groupe Bel abandons
Route du Rhum/Sail-World,
Within 1000 miles of Pointe-a-Pitre, Franck Cammas still has overall control of the Ultime class and the race, making more than 20 knots this morning on the giant green trimaran. Kito de Pavant has had to turn for the Azores, abandoning the race due to keel ram failure.... [more]
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RC 44 Championship Tour heads to the US
RC 44 Class Association,
RC 44 Championship Tour 2010 - A record number of entries – fourteen strict one design RC 44's – will compete in next month's Oracle RC 44 Cup Miami (December 7 – 12). The event will be followed by the RC 44 San Diego Cup (March 2 – 6), whilst some teams will also compete in Key West Race Week in January.... [more]
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