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USA off to a strong start In France—Sailing News from the U.S.

One of the most interesting events going on right now is the Semaine Olympique Francais, which is taking place in Hyeres, France. This event, which runs from April 24 to April 29, features racing in ten Olympic and three Paralympic classes. Thus far, US SAILING Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) has sailed well, placing in the top-ten in six classes after the first day of racing. Top performances include Erik Storck and Trevor Moore in the 49er class; George Szabo and Mark Strube, as well as Andrew Campbell and Ian Coleman, in the Star class; Team Barkow (Sally Barkow, Alana O'Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham) and Team Tulloch (Genny Tulloch, Alice Manard Leonard and Jenn Chamberlin) in the Women's Match Racing class; Mark LeBlanc in the 2.4mR class; Rick Doerr, Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund in the Sonar class; Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar in the Women's 470 class, and Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl in the Men's 470 class.

US Sailing Team Alphagraphics Leading Around Mark 2 - Day one Semaine Olympique Française 2011  US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics

'When we went on the water this morning, our main goal was to try to use minimum-risk sailing to allow our speed and starts to do most of the work,' said Moore. 'We had good execution and great speed... This seems to be the first event were we aren't trying to do anything fancy, but just go out racing and ‘keep it simple stupid,' as our coach Dave Hughes likes to say. We are excited with our performance today, but we know there are four more days of racing and that requires that we stay positive and focus on each day as a new day.' More inside.

If big is your thing, you'll be interested to hear that mega-yacht builder Wally has joined forces with the Financial Times to create a new maxi yacht racing series, the FT Wally Grand Prix Series. 'Wally DNA is based upon a passion for performance, for design and for the sea,' said Luca Bassani, Wally's founder and president. 'Competition is what drives our research, development and innovation. It is the lifeblood of any sport and it is at the very heart of Wally.' Check out the article, as well as a calendar of the first year's events, in this issue.

If speed is your thing, check out the coverage, inside this issue, about the newly minted U.S. 18 Footers League, an organization with a multi-year game plan for growing the level of competition amongst U.S. 18-Footer sailors. According to the League's recent press release: The long term goal is to get our boats up and on par to be competitive not only the St. Francis Yacht Club International Regatta, but also the Mark Foy Trophy Championship, which is scheduled to be hosted in San Francisco in 2013. We also want to increase the participation of U.S. sailors and boats in the JJ Giltinan Regatta.

Forum Maritim Catala arrives in Barcelona - Barcelona World Race  © MMedir/FNOB

In the double-handed, nonstop Barcelona World Race, Hugo Boss (Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak) and Fòrum Marítim Català (Gerard Marín and Ludovic Aglaor) have now finished racing and are safely ashore in Barcelona. 'It is great to be back. It has been a while. I was meant to step off at the Cape Verde Islands but I had to make the phone call home and say I was going to be 90 days late,' said Verbraak, referring to a last-minute crew change due to a health issue that original skipper Alex Thomson suffered just before the race's start. 'So now here we are, it has been a fantastic challenge and I have to thank Andy for letting me in and teaching me a few tricks in the Med before we got out into the Atlantic, it was an amazing trip. We could not have done it without the support of our team.' Check out the complete stories, in this issue.

And finally, check out the regatta report from day one of sailing at Antigua Sailing Week, as well as Erik Simonson's images from the OYRA Light Ship, a classic San Francisco regatta, in this issue.

May the four winds blow you safely home.

David Schmidt, US Editor Sail-World.com

Semaine Olympique Francais - Excitement for USA
Dana Paxton,
It was an exciting first day of racing in Hyeres at the Semaine Olympique Francais for Team AlphaGraphics . Competing this week are 39 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes and three US Sailing Development Team members. For a full list of USSTAG athletes competing click http://sailingteams.ussailing.org/Events/World_Cup/SOF.htm!here!new.... [more]
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OYRA Light Ship images by Erik Simonson
Erik Simonson images,
Erik Siminson sends this gallery from the OYRA Light Ship, a 25 mile romp out to the San Francisco Entrance Buoy and back!... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Fantastic sailing conditions for day one
Louay Habib,
Fantastic sailing conditions marked the start of the 44th Antigua Sailing Week with clear blue skies echoed in the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. A breeze of 15 knots from the east gave a gentle start to the regatta.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française Finns - Team GBR dominate
Robert Deaves,
On the opening day for Finns at the 43rd Semaine Olympique Française in Hyeres, Skandia Team GBR sailors were once again dominant.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française day one honours
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Perfect conditions blessed the first day of competition in the Semaine Olympique Française, fourth event in the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - A spectacular classic yacht regatta
Kathy Lammers,
Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta last weekend! The 24th Annual Regatta had a record entry list of 68 boats.... [more]
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Mapfre PalmaVela - Two winners confirmed on day three
Eva Dallo,
Today's coastal race has confirmed Alegre and Vell Marí as the Mapfre PalmaVela winners in Maxi and ORC2 respectively. The overall results of the rest of the classes will be decided tomorrow.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - Excitement rises
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
Strong wind and rain plagued the day in Hyères for the last day of registration and equipment inspection for the Semaine Olympique Française.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Exciting finish of Fòrum Marítim Català + video
Barcelona World Race,
Yesterday at 21 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, Gerard Marín (29 years old) and Ludovic Aglaor (44 years old) crossed the finishing line of the Barcelona World Race and were the eighth crew to complete the regatta.... [more]
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Mapfre PalmaVela day two
Eva Dallo,
Audi Azzurra in TP52,Alegre in Maxi, Magic Carpet 2 in Maxi Wally, and Pace in IRC were today's winners. Nice conditions accompanied the Mapfre PalmaVela races in spite of a heavy morning storm.... [more]
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Financial Times and Wally launch Maxi Yacht Grand Prix Series 2011
Jon Stanley,
Wally has joined forces with the Financial Times to launch a new Maxi Yacht racing series. The FT Wally Grand Prix Series is a unique series of races for the world's largest fleet of Maxi racing yachts.... [more]
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US 18 Footers League to build in size and skill
Max Headway,
The newly formed US 18 Footers League is hoping to become the central clearinghouse for 18' sailing in the US. 'We are working in conjunction with other international fleets to build the US 18 fleet in size and skill, raise the profile of 18 sailing locally, nationally, and internationally, and hopefully, eventually use it as a platform to pitch the boats and the 'league' to potential sponsors... [more]
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Bob Fisher celebrates his 21st birthday, again and again ...
Various Sinners,
Doyen of the sailing media, Bob Fisher was sixty something or other, this week. One of the downsides of the social media is that you often have to enter your birth date - and all your friends get the tip-off. Last week, Bob's big day came around again, and the occasion was dutifully passed around the SINnerS (members of the Society of International Nautical Scribes) for comment... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss across finish line
Barcelona World Race,
Gritty, hard battling Andy Meiklejohn (NZL) and Wouter Verbraak (NED) on Hugo Boss crossed the finish line during the very early hours of a breezy Barcelona night to fnish seventh in the Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Chris Stanmore Major finish line drama
Velux 5 Oceans,
British first-timer in the Velux 5 Oceans Chris Stanmore-Major has arrived in Charleston, South Carolina.... [more]
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Olympic Games Sailing. Keen to be there? Latest news
Mark Angell,
Keen to be at the London 2012 Olympic Games Sailing? Read on ...... [more]
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Soling World Championship preview
Soling Worlds,
Soling Audi World Championship - 'Chiemsee is one of the world´s most unpredictable places to sail' said Stuart Walker, a Soling class legend.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ score top international design talent
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have named some of their 30 strong team have assembled for the 34th America's Cup. The group was named yesterday, and has been on the project for over six months. It is now obvious that the initial funding to which the team had access ahead of securing major sponsor backing, has been used to pull together a very strong multi-national design team.... [more]
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Garda Optimist Meeting day one + images
Fraglia Vela Riva,
The first day of the 29th Garda Optimist Meeting was eventful with sun, wind and three legs completed.... [more]
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ADOR strengthen record-breaking intercontinental race outfit
ADOR Media,
Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) has pulled together the most intercontinental sailing team ever entered for the gruelling nine-month, 39,000 nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race, signalling its intent to push for top honours in this 37-year-old ‘Everest of Sailing'.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - Record participation in Hyeres
Corinne Rolland-McKenzie,
With the European circuit now in full swing and many teams competing for Olympic selections, all the sailors aspiring for a spot in London are converging to the south of France in Hyères, host of the famous 'Semaine Olympique Française'.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week - Just a few days to go
Louay Habib,
With just a few days to go until the 44th Antigua Sailing Week, English and Falmouth Harbour are filling up with yachts of all shapes and sizes.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ pick up Alinghi sponsor for campaign
Richard Gladwell,
New sponsors are hard to find in the America's Cup and it was to the surprise of many that Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton was able to announce coffee maker, Nespresso as the fifth premium level sponsor at the teams entry confirmation announcement yesterday. Nestlé Nespresso S.A., is a worldwide pioneer and reference for highest quality premium portioned coffee.... [more]
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Mapfre PalmaVela - Audi Azzurra Sailing Team lead
Eva Dallo,
The start gun of the Mapfre PalmaVela was fired today in the bay of Palmain with easterly winds of 14 to 16 knots.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Hugo Boss and FMC into the wind
Barcelona World Race,
After more than 110 days of racing, Andy Meiklejohn and Wouter Verbraak were making steady progress this afternoon with less than 100 miles to the finish of the Barcelona World Race.... [more]
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Transatlantic Race 2011 fleet finalized
Trish Jenkins,
While the water views from anywhere along Newport Harbor (R.I.) are already magnificent, they will be absolutely breathtaking in late June and early July when 32 ocean-going yachts set sail in the Transatlantic Race 2011.... [more]
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Lewmar Safety Notice
Lewmar Marine,
On 5 March 2011, an accident occurred aboard a 2006 Amel 54 in Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua while carrying out the lifting operation of a crew member using a self-tailing winch. Currently, an investigation is underway.... [more]
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Artemis Racing AC45 training in Auckland
Terry Hutchinson,
We have been on the ground for four days in preparation for the AC45 test events next week here in Auckland. Not unlike the sailing team, this version of the America's Cup is taking on an entire new look. TV, jet ski umpires and onboard lighting systems are all becoming part of the new world... [more]
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