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Major news from ISAF. At the annual conference in Athens, a decision was tentatively reached to race the following classes in the 2016 Olympic Games: Men's and women's sail boards or kite boards; Men's and Women's one-person dinghy; Men's and Women's 2-person skiffs; Mixed two-person dinghy; Mixed two-person multihull; Men's heavyweight dinghy, and the Women's keelboat.

What changed, of course, is that the Men's keelboat event, which is contested using the venerable Star class (which enjoys a long Olympic history, and is much loved in the U.S.), is now out of the Olympic Games starting in 2016, provided, of course, that the voting members at ISAF do not change their minds during their final vote, which will take place in May of 2011 at the ISAF mid-year meeting.

Andy Horton and Brad Nichol, 29 USA, closing on the top mark, with Mark Reynolds and Hal Haenel, 04 USA in hot pursuit at the 2006 Star Worlds. USA had four Star crews in the ISAF Top Ten  Chuck Lantz

'The Star class fully supports the ISAF decision-making process and the eventual outcome,' wrote the Star class following this news. 'We understand and appreciate many of the challenges ISAF faces in making our sport more attractive to the media and we believe the Star can make unique and valuable contributions in this area.' Be sure to check out all the articles on this historic decision in this issue.

Meanwhile, competition amongst Class 40 skippers in the Route Du Rhum is seriously hot right now, with the first boats expected in sometime today or tomorrow. Be sure to check out the great Class 40 write up in this issue.

And at the Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai, BMW Oracle Racing, with the red-hot Jimmy Spithill at the helm, has emerged undefeated after a two-race showdown against Italian Francesco Bruni driving Synergy Russian Sailing. While the first race involved a comfortable margin for Spithill, the second race was much tighter.

'We got to them just about at the layline,' said BMW Oracle Racing tactician John Kostecki. 'They had to bail out and we were able to roll them. They had to do two tacks at the top mark. I think we played that right. It was real close though. It could have gone either way.'

Keep your eyes on this event today, as Spithill and the BMW/Oracle squad goes head-to-head with Team New Zealand. Expect sparks to fly as these two experienced teams gnash teeth. More as it becomes known.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

ISAF Olympic fallout - From the Star Class
ISAF - The Star class fully supports the ISAF decision-making process and the eventual outcome. We understand and appreciate many of the challenges ISAF faces in making our sport more attractive to the media and we believe the Star can make unique and valuable contributions in this area.... [more]
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America's Cup: Regatta Director Iain Murray reflects at Portside
Richard Gladwell,
One of the icons of Australian sailing Iain Murray, in his new capacity as Regatta Director for the ACWS and America's Cup events was in Auckland to check out progress on the first of the AC45's in Warkworth about 40 minutes drive north of Auckland. Here he reviews the progress made on the boat and regatta side of the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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Kiteboarding and the Olympics - lets start some creative thinking !
Markus Schwendtner,
We surely made a huge step forward at this years ISAF annual conference with regards to kiteboardings participation in the 2016 Olympic Games, however at the moment there are only 2 medals available for 4 possible board sport event which up till now only allow for a limited number of choices...... [more]
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What's Next from McConaghys?
Blue Robinson,
December 2010 will also see the completion of the first Harry Dunning designed McConaghy 38 OD at McConaghy's Zhuhai facility in China, before being shipped to Sydney in January, in readiness for test sails and racing during the 2011 Australian summer. Jono Morris and his team at McConaghy's have high praise for the McConaghy 38 OD.... [more]
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SailTV: Louis Vuitton Trophy: Live and Replay
See live and replay coverage of the final ever event in the Louis Vuitton Trophy sailed at Dubai, UAE. The event is now being covered with video and we expect to see some spectacular images. Live and replay coverage of other major sailing events, is also available from the same menu, along with the Louis Vuitton Trophy replays.... [more]
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Round the County Race - Showdown at Peapod Rocks
Stephen Orsini,
In 1790, Francisco Eliza, captain of the 16-gun Spanish pacqueboat, Saint Carlos, sailed around a complex of islands in what was to become Washington State, naming the islands the ‘San Juan Archipelago'. One hundred and ninety seven years later, the Orcas Island Yacht Club took the same approach as Captain Eliza, sailing around the archipelago—now San Juan County—and called it a race. The... [more]
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PWA Cabo Verde World Cup 2010 - Failed to co-operate
PWA Cabo Verde World Cup 2010 - Day two - With the promise of a pumping swell and fifteen knots of wind, an early skipper's briefing was held to prepare the fleet for the day ahead. But, when the conditions looked unsuitable at the legendary Ponta Preta, head judge Duncan Coombs and 2009 PWA Wave World Champion, Josh Angulo (Angulo, Gun, Dakine) decided to move the whole show to Curral Jaoul.... [more]
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ILCA accepting applicants for the 2011 Boat Grant Program
International Lightning Class Association,
ILCA accepting applicants for the 2011 Boat Grant Program - The International Lightning Class Association (ILCA) is accepting applications for the fifth year of the Lightning Boat Grant Program. The Boat Grant Program provides race-ready Lightnings for young sailors who might otherwise not have the opportunity to compete in the class.... [more]
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Lewmar launches new products for 2011 at METS,
An impressive array of new products from Lewmar are being launched at METS 2010. You can look at the full PDF right here.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton - Artemis Racing images from Sander van der Borch,
A selection of images of the Artemis Racing team competing in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in Dubai from photographer Sander van der Borch.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Stanmore-Major pays credit to Van Liew
Velux 5 Oceans,
British skipper Chris Stanmore-Major described his American rival Brad Van Liew's win in the first leg of the Velux 5 Oceans as a 'masterclass' in solo sailing. 'It's a bit demoralising when Brad gets in and you realise just how far ahead he has been,' Chris said this morning.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Wildcard Hansen thinks Ainslie should win World title
Hansen, who has a strong record at the Monsoon Cup having twice finished on the podium, is relishing the chance of getting back to Kuala Terengganu and signing off his season with a strong performance. Hansen said 'I actually think Ben [Ainslie] will win, he's in good form.'... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - New trophy unveiled
Sophie Luther,
Volvo Ocean Race - The spectacular new trophy was unveiled in Race Headquarters, Alicante this evening, in front of representatives from all 10 host ports, the racing teams, local authorities and race sponsors. This event crowns the first night of the Volvo Ocean Race Conference for the 2011 – 12 edition.... [more]
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ISAF Olympic Fallout - From the Kiteboard Association
We surely made a huge step forward at this year's ISAF annual conference with regards to kiteboarding's participation in the 2016 Olympic Games, however at the moment there are only 2 medals available for 4 possible board sport event which up till now only allow for a limited number of choices.... [more]
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Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai - Spithill unbeaten
Louis Vuitton Trophy,
James Spithill, the youngest skipper to win the America's Cup, continued an unbroken record today as his BMW Oracle Racing team posted two more victories in close match racing. Spithill was merciless in his opening match against Italian Francesco Bruni steering Synergy Russian Sailing. Spithill waited until the last minute of the pre-start before swooping in to attack.... [more]
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Perth International Regatta – Day one challenging conditions
Richard Palfreyman,
Perth International Regatta's first day of racing – the test event for next year's Perth 2011 Sailing World Championships - provided the Men's Full Rig Laser sailors with challenging conditions until the sea breeze filled in for the second race.... [more]
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PWA Cabo Verde World Cup day 1 - Dead calm
With no discard for the year, the most exciting element to this week is that the title race remains wide open. The PWA's most prestigious wave sailors were greeted by a light offshore breeze and zero swell this morning forcing head judge, Duncan Coombs to immediately put the contest on hold.... [more]
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Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race update
Mariette Roodt-Koffman,
Heineken Cape to Rio Yacht Race - Friday night, John Martin and his Cape to Rio Committee hosted an informal gathering at the RCYC to welcome all the entrants aboard; to discuss any issues currently of concern to participants, and for all to meet and get to know each other... [more]
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Images from Dubai: Sailing in the Sunset
Juerg Kaufmann,
Top international photographer, Juerg Kaufmann is on site in Dubai, UAE, for the final edition of the Louis Vuitton Trophy. At the end of the first day, racing continued well into the sunset providing these spectacular images.... [more]
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ISAF's Annual Conference - Multihull 2016 update from Paul Pascoe
Paul Pascoe,
Paul Pascoe reflects on the International Sailing Federation's Annual Conference in Athens, Greece. Pascoe led the multihull representatives as chairman of the Multihull Commission. 'The following is not an official report from the ISAF Multihull Commission, but an unofficial account including a number of personal opinions on the subject of multihulls and the process of getting them back into the... [more]
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Perth International Regatta - British sailors face Australian test
Lindsey Bell,
Perth International Regatta - Triple Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie returns to Finn class action at the Perth International Regatta, which gets underway off the shores of Fremantle on Tuesday (16 November).... [more]
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Hydroptè - 'Flying boat' dips its wings in Lake Geneva
Simon Bradley,
Hydroptè - A revolutionary Franco-Swiss 'flying yacht' project that aims to smash the round-the-world sailing record has started testing on Lake Geneva.... [more]
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Jim O'Toole, CEO of World Match Racing Tour, talks to Valencia Sailing,
One month ago, the World Match Racing Tour held a press conference in London where they made a number of announcements concerning the future of the world's premiere professional sailing circuit that set the basic strategy for the ISAF World Match Racing Championship. Valencia Sailing talked to Jim O'Toole, CEO of the WMRT, about the main points of the Tour's future. According to O'Toole, the st... [more]
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Kidnapped Chandlers released by Somali pirates
Sail-World Round-up,
Somali pirates have released British cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler today (Sunday) after holding them hostage for more than a year. Somali pirates kidnapped the retired couple on Oct. 23 last year - 388 days ago - after hijacking their 38-foot yacht Lynn Rival in the Indian Ocean off Seychelles.... [more]
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America's Cup: Dean Barker on The Last Waltz and ETNZ's Future
Richard Gladwell,
In Dubai for the start of the final ever round in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series, Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, spoke to Emirates Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker on the end of an era of more than ten years sailing the America's Cup monohull; his recent experiences in the Extreme 40's; and his thoughts on the 34th America's Cup and Emirates Team New Zealand's situation regard tha... [more]
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America's Cup: Valencia's Mayor unhappy over missing venue choice
Stuart Alexander and Las Provincias,
A long and painful complaint has been lodged by Valencia over the selection of the venue for the 2013 America's Cup. According to a local newspaper, Las Provincias, the mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, has reprimanded BMW Oracle, for failing in what she sees as a commitment to hold the next, America's Cup 34, in Valencia.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference - Decision day
ISAF Annual Conference - It was a big decision making day at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference in Athens as the Council voted on the some of the key decisions in the sport.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference 2010 comes to a close
ISAF - The Council of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) concluded their meeting in Athens, Greece, today with the final decisions made at this year's ISAF Annual Conference.... [more]
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ISAF - Mixed multihull is an Olympic sailing discipline
Andrew Dowley,
ISAF council followed the recommendation of the ISAF Events committee with 19 votes in favour and 16 against. Multihull is back on the wave to the Olympics. This is a provisional result and there is still theoretically chance to change this result in May 2011 at the ISAF Meeting in St. Petersburg (RUS).... [more]
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Snipe Women's World Championship win to Team Tunnicliffe
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Snipe Women's World Champions - Team Tunnicliffe wins - We started with the day with 10kts that quickly died to borderline hiking conditions. The first race got under way on time. We had a good start and rounded the top mark in about sixth. We sailed well and managed to draw a penalty on Kathleen Tocke, the overnight leader.... [more]
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Sailing Videos of the Week - the Sail-World selection - the latest
The Sail-World Team,
More and more great sailing video footage is turning up online. For your enjoyment Sail-World is going to bring you a mixture of the latests and greatest and some historic footage each week. If you'd like to make sure everyone sees the best old stuff, give us your feedback.... [more]
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ISAF Conference: Gender balance skewed with 2016 Event selection
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation's Events Committee have effectively skewed the gender balance in Olympic sailing, with its choices of Event for the 2016 Olympic Regatta, which were selected at its meeting in Athens on Wednesday. The reason for the imbalance is the selection of two Mixed classes (one male and one female sailor), when previously this type of Event has not been used in the O... [more]
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ISAF Presidents Report - 11 November 2010
ISAF Presidents Report - 11 November 2010 - ISAF President Göran Petersson set out the challenges ahead as he delivered his opening address, the President's Report, to the ISAF Council members during their first day of meetings at the 2010 ISAF Annual Conference held in Athens, Greece.... [more]
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Ronstan investing in Australian manufacturing
Brendan Maxwell,
While around the world manufacturing is moving from the major industrial countries to Asia, one of the world leaders in the marine industry Ronstan, one of the largest sailing and architectural hardware manufacturers in the world, is in fact expanding manufacturing operations on its home turf.... [more]
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