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Now is the time to cast your vote for the inaugural inductees into The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame (NSHOF), a fledgling organization that is currently working on establishing a permanent facility on the historic waterfront in Annapolis, Maryland. 'We are excited to be joining other sports that recognize the accomplishments of their most outstanding participants,' said Dick Franyo (Annapolis, Md.), President of the NSHOF Board of Directors. 'The Hall of Fame is endorsed by US SAILING, the national governing body for the sport, and, judging by the feedback we have received, has the enthusiastic support of many sailors around the country.' The vote is calling for nominations of American sailors, age 45 and up, who have made a significant contribution to the sport of sailing. The nomination period closes on June 1st, so be sure to check out the story and make your suggestions. The chosen sailors will be honored on October 23, 2011, during ceremonies scheduled to take place at San Diego Yacht Club in California.

Cup fans, check out the video on Artemis Racing's AC45 program. The clip includes great helicopter video of several AC45s sailing against each other, as well as some well-edited one-on-one action. Skipper Terry Hutchinson also sheds some light on his team and their future plans for the next several years. Fans of Oracle Racing, meanwhile, should check out the team's newsletter, which is inside.

Mapfre arrival in Barcelona - 2011 Barcelona World Race  Nico Martinez ©

In the double-handed, nonstop Barcelona World Race, Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernández sailed their IMOCA 60, Mapfre, across the finishing line yesterday, after sailing 28,759 miles in 94 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes and 35 seconds, a pace of 12.63 knots. This pace put them at the dock 22 hours, 56 minutes and 59 seconds behind race winners Jean Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron. 'Until 14 months ago we had never sailed an IMOCA 60 so we could not aspire to very much,' said Martinez. 'But the race was very good, much better than we expected. We've made a huge step.'

Also offshore, the four skippers racing in the singlehanded Velux 5 Oceans Race are approaching in the Doldrums. Not surprisingly, American Brad Van Liew is leading the pack, as he has for every leg. For Van Liew, this one holds special importance as he hails from Charleston, South Carolina, this leg's end point. Canadian Derek Hatfield is currently putting the most pressure on Van Liew. 'Now I am really upping the ante to try to get into a better position,' said Hatfield. 'Without wanting to tempt fate right now the Doldrums are looking like a non-event. If it continues the way it is now Brad and I could get through without stopping, which would be fantastic.' More inside.

Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia 2011  Pedro Martinez

And finally, in Olympic sailing, be sure to check out the reports from the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) sailors are sailing strong in this event, which is part of the 2010-2011 International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Sailing World Cup.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor

Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew starts sprint four timed run
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Brad Van Liew has this morning passed the first speed gate of ocean sprint four signalling the start of his timed run. Each of the five ocean sprints feature timed runs, with bonus points awarded to the skipper who makes the fastest passage between two points... [more]
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America's Cup: White Tiger becomes the latest entry
Team Korea,
As indicated by Sail-World late last week the ninth entry in the 34th America's Cup is an entry from Korea known as the White Tiger Challenge or Team Korea. The team is headed by the organiser of the Korea match Cup, and in common with most the the America's Cup Challengers accepted the details of the money-men behind the team are announced but there is no mention of design or sailing team... [more]
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Robie Pierce One Design Regatta registration now open
Robie Pierce One Design Regatta,
American Yacht Club, in partnership with Larchmont Yacht Club, is hosting the third annual Robie Pierce One-Design Regatta for sailors with disabilities. Spanning the three days from May 19th to May 22nd, AYC will be the site of the battle of the champions for an expected 25 - 30 crews of disabled sailors.... [more]
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Les Voiles St de Barth day two tropical tradewind breezes
Barby MacGowan,
The first day of racing at the second edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth dawned with 25 knots of tropical tradewind breeze and showers sweeping over the picturesque French island located midway down the Caribbean chain.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa - Team Tunnicliffe update
Anna Tunnicliffe,
42nd Trofeo SAR Princesa - It was a successful day of racing for us as we wrapped up the first round of racing with a 7-0 record. This means that we qualified for the gold fleet. Tomorrow we will sail a seeding round for the quarterfinals. The gold fleet is initially made up of the top two teams from groups A, B, and C and then included will be the top two teams from the repecharge fleet.... [more]
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US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics day two at Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia
Dana Paxton,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics laid down a solid day two. Two additional second-place finishes moved US Sailing's Rolex Miami OCR golden girl Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) into the overall lead in the 78-boat Laser Radial class. USSTAG newcomers Adam Roberts and Nick Martin (both San Diego) took a second in race 3.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia day two fight back for Ainslie
Robert Deaves,
Day two of the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia brought an early postponement and some tricky races. Day two in Palma started with the calm after the storm - lots of sore legs and tired arms after Monday's strong winds and waiting around in the sunshine as all classes were postponed ashore waiting for the wind to arrive.... [more]
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McConaghy's MC2 is redefining speed and luxury
McConaghy News,
McConaghy has teamed up with racing multihull specialist Banuls Design to launch a new range of semi-custom high-performance catamarans.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Women's Match Racing stage one completed
42nd Trofeo SAR Princesa - After a long day on the water stage one was completed for the Women's Match Racing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Advancing to the Gold Group are the three undefeated teams (Silja Lehtinen-FIN, Sally Barkow-USA and Anna Tunnicliffe-USA) and the three second place teams in each group (Claire Leroy-FRA, Silke Hahlbrock-GER, and Lucy Macgregor-GBR).... [more]
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BoatUS News - 10th Annual Women's Sailing Conference
The National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) will hold the 10th Annual Women's Sailing Conference Saturday, June fourth at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Massachusetts.... [more]
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How Albatrosses fly such vast distances - tacking upwind
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The answer, says Philip L. Richardson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), lies in a concept called dynamic soaring, in which the large bird utilizes the power of above-ocean wind shear while tacking like an airborne sailboat.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 2 and a new venue
Extreme Sailing Series,
The 11 Extreme 40 teams will by vying to win Act 2 of the Extreme Sailing Series for the Double Star Cup organised in association with the Qingdao Yachting Association.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans fleet heading for the Doldrums
Velux 5 Oceans,
The leading boat in the Velux 5 Oceans fleet has reached the first major milestone of ocean sprint four. At the 1200 UTC position report Brad Van Liew's Eco 60 Le Pingouin was 79 nautical miles ahead of nearest rival Canadian Derek Hatfield on Active House as the pair prepared to take on the fluky, unpredictable weather of the intertropical convergence zone, better known as the Doldrums.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Spanish Olympic duo finish second
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race skippers Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernadez crossed the finish line n second place at 0917hrs (UTC) today. This is an ideal situation for us. Until 14 months ago we had never sailed an IMOCA 60 and so we could not aspire to very much. But the race was very good, much better than we expected. We've made a huge step.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis conclude buildup; Oracle Racing dunked in 25kts
Check out these two video clips to see Artemis Racing finish their build up in Auckland with some great boat to boat combat shots. Then see Oracle Racing caught in a 25kt squirt with too much sail on - it's close and the crew cheer at the end.... [more]
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National Sailing Hall of Fame inductees process underway
Jan Harley,
The sport of sailing is a step closer to having its own 'Hall of Famers' with The National Sailing Center and Hall of Fame (NSHOF) today starting the process by going live with an online form that the general public is invited to use to make nominations.... [more]
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Hawaii will be ready for the Transpac 2011
Kimball Livingston,
In the tradition of these matters, Transpac Village in Long Beach promises to be bigger, better - and better yet, even more useful - reports Mainland Committee Chairman Warren Wolfe.... [more]
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Virbac-Paprec 3 wins the Barcelona World Race with Southern Spars
Southern Spars Media,
Southern Spars would like to acknowledge the outstanding performance of skippers Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron, as Virbac-Paprec 3 crosses the finish line for the team's second back-to-back win in the double-handed Barcelona World Race. Southern Spars supplied the mast and EC6 Continuous rigging for Virbac-Paprec 3... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 4
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 4 April 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Big breeze sailors triumph on day one
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
ISAF Sailing World Cup third event, the 42 Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre is underway in Palma. The 2.4 paralympic fleet, sailing out of Calanova Yacht Club, was the first to complete two races. Giles Scott (GBR), enjoyed the strong wind in Palma and won today's both races in his group. Tom Slingsby (AUS) also claimed two races.... [more]
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BVI Springs Regatta - Sir Richard Branson sails on 'Neckar Belle'
Ingrid Abery images,
BVI Spring Regatta - Sir Richard Branson races his 105ft catamaran Neckar Belle.... [more]
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Central Lechera Asturiana damaged and heading for Auckland
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race competitors Central Lechera Asturiana has damage to a structural ring frame around the engine box and have turned back to head probably for Auckland.... [more]
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40th Anniversary BVI Spring Regatta: And the winner is - Everyone
Linda Phillips,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - What defines a magnificent regatta? Ask anyone who sailed in the 40th Anniversary BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival (March 28-April 3, 2011), and you'll hear the same thing: red-hot racing, professionally run courses, a family friendly regatta village, and—of course—killer parties.... [more]
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Star South American Championship - Brazil dominates
Star South American Championship sees Brazil dominate by claiming all three of the podium places at Mar del Plata, Argentina.... [more]
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42nd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta starts in Palma 4th April
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
The 42nd Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta is set to get underway tomorrow, Monday 4th April, in Palma. 10 Olympic events and the paralympic 2.4 are all included.... [more]
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St Francis Yacht Club Collegiate Regatta images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
StFYC Collegiate Regatta Images from Saturdays Action by Erik Simonson... [more]
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America's Cup entries soar, World Series venues announced + Audio
Richard Gladwell and America's Cup Media,
With the passing of the entry deadline for the 31st America's Cup passing on the 31st March 2011, event organisers have announced that five more teams have entered plus two being 'vetted' and the first three venues for the new America's Cup World Series has also been announced. Also features PJ Montgomery's interview with Iain Murray at end... [more]
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Snipe Pan American Game Trials 2011 day 2 - Another beautiful day
John Payne,
Though lighter than on day one, the winds proved to be less shifty, with velocities ranging between 6 and 12 knots. The first race went off with a bearing of 95 degrees, and a length of one mile. Playing an important supporting role were the numerous steep boat wakes laid down by all of the watercraft out enjoying the nice day.... [more]
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Laser Class major rule change – A disaster says Bruce Kirby
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. In this interview Kirby gives his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explains why it would be a disaster.... [more]
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