For whom does the Olympic Bell Toll ?

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 04 May 2011

What Olympic Class will be tossed out, with the multihulls coming back in, at the St Petersburg ISAF conference this week.

Some of comments recently indicate that a lots of people still don't get it. The reason that the multihulls were stupidly removed from the 2012 Olympic roster was because many countries voted for what they believed was their best medal chances in 4-8 years time, rather than for the good of the sport.

We trust ISAF representatives from around the world will look beyond their deckshoe laces this time round.

Our intensive coverage of the America's Cup developments continues... with technology set to change the nature of the event to an amazing degree.

The Sail-World Team

America's Cup: Media Trials get underway but miss nearby tornado
America's Cup Media and Sail-World,
Testing continued in Auckland for the second week of the America's Cup Regatta Management and Media Trials under cloudy skies, torrential rain and moderate, if gusty winds - including a nearby tornado. The Race Committee ran fleet races today and for the first time, China Team was a full participant.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour skipper Peter Gilmour aims for fourth title
World Match Racing Tour,
Australian match racing legend Peter Gilmour has issued an ominous warning shot to his younger rivals insisting he still has what it takes to win the World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: For whom does the Olympic Bell toll? - Part 1
Richard Gladwell,
Co-incidental with the conduct of trials designed to give sailing's most prestigious and oldest trophy, the America's Cup, its most dramatic makeover in 160 years, the International Sailing Federation will this week meet to decide whether it too, has the courage to make fundamental changes to its pinnacle event, the Olympic Sailing Regatta and its lead-up events... [more]
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Yachting New South Wales teams up with New South Wales Maritime
Mainsheet Media,
As the state body for the sport of sailing, Yachting New South Wales has a regular program of courses designed to enhance the skills level and encourage participation of sailors at all levels of the sport. One of the key goals of the organisation is to assist sailing clubs across the state in running basic learn to sail programs. As part of this goal, a Dinghy Instructor and Powerboat Handling Cou... [more]
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NSW Maritime issues weather warning
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime today issued an urgent alert to boat skippers and rock fishermen with treacherous swells expected to impact much of the coast for the next few days.... [more]
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Zhik SB3 World Championship - A major assault set to launch
Ian Grant,
Jones and MacAllansmith to team up with Bourke to launch assault on the Zhik SB3 World Championship in England.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup - Battle royale at first single elimination
Competition's penultimate day in Austria at the PWA Surf World Cup stood poised at the mercy of a rogue forecast.... [more]
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For a safer Sydney Harbour - look to New Zealand
Simon Murphy,
In an unfortunate incident this weekend a young female passenger and an older male passenger on board a commercial Sydney Harbour jet boat ended up in hospital with back injuries (in the case of the women this turned out to be a fractured spine).... [more]
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Interview with Tornado World Champion Nahid Gaebler
Andrew Dowley,
Tornado Class Secretary Andrew Dowley interviews the first female Tornado World Champion Nahid Gaebler. Marked as the greatest sporting experience of her life he gets her views on Tornado sailing and the upcoming Olympic Multihull decision.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: CAMPER's tour of New Zealand continues
Emirates Team NZ media,
The Emirates Team NZ campaigned Volvo 70 CAMPER, is continuing her tour of New Zealand, and is currently en route from Wellington to Dunedin: CAMPER is on its way from Wellington to Dunedin and the crew is enjoying a good north-easterly breeze. Progress down the coast has been fast. The yacht is ahead of schedule, although the breeze is expected to soften and progress will slow.... [more]
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Images of the Waitemata: America's Cup Media Trials - Fleet Racing
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Racing resumed yesterday in the America's Cup Media Trials staged on the outer Waitemata Harbour. Fresh winds and rain were the order of the day, and Oracle Racing's Gilles Martin-Raget took these great images of the action:... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans skippers webchats
Velux 5 Oceans,
Fans of the Velux 5 Oceans will get another chance to ask their favourite skippers questions in the latest round of webchats via camera.... [more]
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A 'United Nations' of winners at the 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta
TOG Event Media,
The final day of racing at the 2011 Top of the Gulf Regatta saw idyllic, tropical sailing conditions and lots to sail for with many classes going down to the wire. Over 30 nationalities enjoyed four days of testing racing off Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Jomtien Beach, Pattaya, Thailand.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2011 - 'must be accounted a success'
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Once again it was a grey and soft beginning to the day, with the first starts going away in no more than 5 kts of southwesterly breeze. The RO signalled windward-leeward courses for all classes, with the firm intention of completing two races for all divisions (except the Cruising class) and maybe three for the Platu fleet contesting the Coronation Cup.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing News - Edition 8 + John Bertrand video
Oracle Racing Media,
Oracle Racing's newsletter for 02 May 2011 covering the latest entries and America's Cup World Series and more.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup standings shuffle
The ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings has seen some significant movement in many of the Olympic Sailing events and Paralympic Classes after the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, France.... [more]
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Images of Puma Racing: First sail
George Bekris,
Top US photographer, George Bekris presents these images of the US Volvo Ocean race entry, Puma Racing on her first sail, yesterday.... [more]
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Sydney Yachts GTS43 build update and images May 2011
Sydney Yachts,
Built to satisfy the demands of today's discerning sailors, the Sydney Yachts GTS43 presents a marriage between impressive design and construction techniques to deliver a yacht that is light yet strong, easy to sail yet seriously fast, competitive, stylish yet functional, and above all else, seaworthy... [more]
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Olympic double medalist on Kite Boarding in the Olympics
Bruce Kendall,
Olympic Gold and Bronze medalist, and multiple World Windsurfing Champion, Bruce Kendall writes on the topic of whether Kiteboarding is too dangerous for inclusion in the Olympic Events Regatta. I have been surprised and shocked by many 'experts' regarding kite-boarding being in the Olympics. In a recent article, the 'ex – pope' of yachting encouraging the decision makers to 'have courage and have... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - Gutek closing on sprint four finish
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skipper Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski is expected to reach Charleston on Thursday. He has just over 500 nautical miles to the finish of sprint four. His good progress has come despite yet more damage to Operon Racing... [more]
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Visit Indonesia Fremantle Bali 2011 bittersweet win for Limit
Bernie Kaaks,
Limit added yet another trophy to Alan Brierty's cabinet when she claimed line honours in the Visit Indonesia Fremantle Bali 2011 international yacht race. In the process, she shattered Rolly Tasker's 30 year old record for the race, finishing in a little over six days and 5 hours.... [more]
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PWA Surf World Cup Podersdorf onshore
With the prospect of another windless day at the PWA Surf World Cup in Podersdorf, we took to the event site to ask the riders your questions.... [more]
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Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series intense final day
Justin Chisholm,
The final day of the Melges 32 Audi Sailing Series 2011 regatta at Marina di Scarlino, Maremma Tuscany, Italy saw the competition come to a thrilling conclusion over two intense and tightly fought races.... [more]
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World Speed Record contender Sailrocket 2's speed transitions
Paul Larsen,
Latest from Paul Larsen on the progress of Vestas Sailrocket 2 and the team in their attempt to beat the outright world sailing speed record. 'Yesterday evening we had our third session of tow testing of the bare platform. The new second 'step' on the rear underside of the hull quickly ventilated from behind at speeds as low as three-four knots.' Paul Larsen.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2011 on-water rivalries reignited on day 3
TOG Event Media,
A tete-a-tete continued in the protest room today as Evolution Racing filed a protest against yesterday's Jury decision to dismiss their protest. The upshot saw Neil Pryde's Hi Fi disqualified from yesterday's sole race, which sees they drop down the series rankings. However, the rumour mill is working overtime... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2011 – what a difference a day makes
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
It was back to cliché conditions today – after a soft start to proceedings, the Race Officer was able to send all divisions away in light breeze that then built to a useful 12+ kts and stayed that way. A single ‘islands' race for the Cruising division, and a windward-leeward followed by an islands course for everyone else.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - great skills and battles
Corinne McKenzie,
Semaine Olympique Française regatta features the ten Olympic sailing events and Paralmypic classes and is the fourth of seven ISAF Sailing World Cup regattas. This year's regatta has seen many displays of great skill and battles in Hyères, France... [more]
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Perth 2011 Championships promoted by HMB Endeavour
Perth 2011,
Endeavour, the magnificent replica of Captain James Cook's ship, HMB Endeavour, was escorted out of Sydney Harbour by a fleet of Olympic class Laser yachts to mark the vessel's flagship role in Fremantle during the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in December.... [more]
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Centenary Regatta and State Keelboat Titles at Sandringham Yacht Club
Mike Sabey,
Club Marine Centenary Regatta and State Keelboat Titles were held at Sandringham Yacht Club on Saturday, 30th April 2011. Kate Mitchell and Peter Blake's Farr 52 Goldfinger put in a blinder of a day with two bullets and a second from the three races to strike gold.... [more]
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