ISAF Decisions,AC45 heads for Europe, Williams wins

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 10 May 2011

ISAF decisions, AC45s, Williams wins and all the latest sailing news

Welcome to's latest UK newsletter.

The International Sailing Federation's Mid-Year meeting took centrestage on Friday and Saturday as the Events for the 2016 Olympiad were determined.

As is usual when such decisions are made, any notions that the best interests of the sport being paramount, are quickly put aside, and the usual power struggle emerges between the Star keelboat and the 470 dinghy as they struggle to remain in the Olympic Sailing Regatta.

Sadly the common tactic, when the going gets tough, is to pick the weakest class and try to throw them out of the equation.

This happened once again on Friday, when the 49er became the target, to the incredulity of many of those at the meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. Even more amazingly, the body firing the bullets at the most spectacular boat in the Olympics, was the ISAF's Executive Committee.

We have several reports in this edition on how the debate and amazing battle unfolded, and what the Events will be for the 2016 Olympics to be staged in Rio de Janeiro.

As discussed in the wrap-up story on the final day of the Council Meeting, we believe the actions of the Executive Committee, and others, will have a far more reaching effect in the ISAF's affairs than just this meeting.

For some time we have been railing against PR sanitising of sailing events. There is no more graphic example of this practice than the official ISAF report on the Mid-Year meeting and the other reports of the same event. Reading the ISAF report one could be excused for believing they were at another venue. To be fair, many other event spin doctors are equally as guilty.

Sailing needs colour - as other sports do - and they make as many headlines during the week as they do in the weekend. Life's not all good news and happy clapping. Reporting what really happened, it's essential to build a fan base. The lows are just as important as the highs. That's what sport is about. Celebrate and report it.

The America's Cup Media Trials have concluded in Auckland and the AC45's are being packed off to Europe.
In this edition of Sail-World, we have a couple of reports on the final two days.

05/05/2011 - Auckland (NZL) - 34th America's Cup - AC45 Test Event - Day 9  Gilles Martin-Raget/

Ian Williams has won the Open de Espana in Calpe, the UK Finn title has been won by Allen Burrell and we have news from the RYA Eric Twiname Championships and the Wilson Trophy, British Open Team Racing Championships.

While the focus was on ISAF, lots did happen this week and we have all the latest sailing news from around the world on our website

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2016 Olympics: ISAF Council rebuff Executive on Olympic class choice
Richard Gladwell,
The International Sailing Federation Council has started the Final Day of its Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. While temperatures outside the venue, the salubriously named Winter Garden and Ballroom of the Hotel Astoria, was a modest 13 degrees, inside the temperatures and stress levels were a lot higher.... [more]
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America's Cup: First glimpse of new TV package from Media Trials
Richard Gladwell,
The first video images from the America's Cup Media Trials have been released, showing clips from the much vaunted enhanced television coverage. A key part of the new offering will be the on-screen virtual lines overlaid to show laylines, which boat ahead and behind and by what margin, and other on-screen information.... [more]
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ISAF saved from chaos, when it all came down to a single vote,
Extracts from Andy Rice's latest Sailjuice expose. ' It all came down to one vote. In a tense face-off around the ISAF Council table, the 37 members voted in favour of keeping skiffs on the Olympic sailing roster, at the expense of the keelboats.'... [more]
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America's Cup: Over and Out from Auckland
America's Cup Media and Gilles Martin-Raget,
With the conclusion of the America's Cup test sessions in Auckland, most teams are in pack-up mode, heading for Europe. The weekend in Auckland has been devoted to dis-assembling the AC45s and their wings, and fitting them into shipping containers for the move from Auckland. Plus Artemis Racing give their thoughts on video on the AC 45 and the lessons learned in Auckland... [more]
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ISAF confirms Events for 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition
ISAF Media,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has confirmed the ten events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at 2011 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. ISAF President Göran Petersson led the ISAF Council in more than three hours of debate and discussion before the ten events were decided.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: ISAF Half Yearly meeting - a Multihull perspective
Paul Pascoe, Chairman ISAF Multihull Commission,
The International Sailing Federation is a funny beast, and no more so than when the boats are selected every four years to represent sailing at the Olympic Games. When it comes to making these decisions, you have no friends, strange bedfellows frequently arise and knives in the back are not unknown.... [more]
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ISAF Exec set to raspberry Events, Olympic Commission and IOC
Andy Rice - Sailjuice,
Extracts from Andy Rice's latest Sailjuice column titled '11th hour intervention from ISAF Exec smells fishy' 'ISAF Executive Committee recommendations are out. Supporting Star, mixed Multi, 2x470 but No Skiff!! Holy shit!' This tweet betrays what many in St Petersburg are thinking, yet few dare say in public at ISAF Conference. The lunatics are in danger of taking over the asylum again.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for May 2011 released
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 4 May 2011 have been released. Great Britain retains its lead as the top nation in the rankings.... [more]
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Williams and Team GAC Pindar prepared for 2011 World Match Racing Tour
Ian Williams,
The World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) starts this week at Match Race France in Marseille and Team GAC Pindar are the best prepared that we have been since 2008. We have done two warm up regattas, the Congressional Cup in March and last week's Open de Espana.... [more]
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RS100 GUL Grand Prix second round update
Debbie Darling,
19 brave RS100 sailors braved the torrential rain and early morning start to head over to Northampton SC for the second round of the GUL Grand Prix series.... [more]
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Volvo Series 2011 gets off to a great start
Kate Brown,
With sponsorship from Craftinsure providing rash vests for the 18 junior helms who took part in the first day of racing for the 2011 ‘Craftinsure Volvo Series' it got the racing off to a great start.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour skipper Bruni leaning from past mistakes
World Match Racing Tour,
World Match Racing Tour skipper Francesco Bruni admits that he needs to learn from the mistakes of 2010. 'It was our first season as Tour Card Holders so we gained a lot of experience and we are ready for this year.'... [more]
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RYA Sail for Gold Heritage Exhibition - Share your memories
Emma Slater,
RYA Sail for Gold Heritage Exhibition is calling for photos and memorabilia from Olympic and Paralympic Games of the past... [more]
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Round the Island Race 2011 entries update
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
It is really inspiring to read about those dedicated people who pledge the resources - commitment to the cause, knowledge and time being the most valuable assets - required to restore an old boat to its former glory. I've taken a closer look at a couple of examples in this selection of some more recent entries to this year's 80th Anniversary Round the Island Race taking place on 25th June.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presents a new approach
Jan Harley,
The proactive approach is the common thread that extends to The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup presented by Rolex, scheduled for September 10-17, which has announced that extensive on-the-water umpiring will be used for the competition.... [more]
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British Open Team Racing Championship Wilson Trophy final to USA
Justin Chisholm,
Wilson Trophy for the British Open Team Racing Championship day 3 saw some extreme conditions. By the time the Grand Final got underway the wind had risen considerably again and with the boats still on full rigs, the crews had some real boat handling challenges to deal with.... [more]
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Nespresso Cup emphatic victories on final day
Julie Royer,
The second edition of the Nespresso Cup came to a conclusion today in Portofino with Andrea Recordati's Indio delivering a near emphatic victory in the Overall Division.... [more]
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Finn UK National Championships - Burrell takes UK title
Robert Deaves,
The Finn UK National Championships at Christchurch Sailing Club ended in fine style with two fantastic races in near perfect conditions in Christchurch Bay.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - She sails!
Paul Larsen,
Vestas Sailrocket 2 headed across to 'speed-spot' with her wing sail in place. We got across to speed-spot and headed for the shore next to the two timing huts. Everything has to be evaluated. Do we pull her up on the shore or just stick the forward rudder in the sand and let the rest pivot around it?... [more]
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RYA applauds 2016 sailing events decision
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has today welcomed the International Sailing Federation's selection of sailing events for the 2016 Olympic Games.... [more]
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RYA Eric Twiname Championships 2011 day one
The weekend of racing offers the UK's finest young sailing talents the chance to compete at a major, multiclass regatta which is regarded as the pinnacle of the Junior racing calendar for the RYA Zone and Home Country squads... [more]
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Finn UK Nationals day two challenging
Robert Deaves,
Day two at the JM Finn, Finn UK National Championships at Christ chruch Sailing Club brought race wins for Allen Burrell and Laurent Hay.... [more]
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Wilson Trophy 2011 - Ferocious day two
Justin Chisholm,
The relentless pace of the racing schedule at the 2011 Wilson Trophy for the British Open Team Racing Championship continued on the second day.... [more]
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Dragon Guyader Grand Prix 2011 final day
International Dragon Association,
The Dragons drew their reverence among two fabulous races to finish the Dragon Guyader Grand Prix 2011.... [more]
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ISAF agree to mixed sailing as an Olympic sport discipline
Roland and Nahid Gaebler,
The victory at the Tornado World Sailing Championship in a mixed team is just 9 months ago and now our sport is an Olympic discipline.... [more]
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ISAF Conference - 2016 Olympics : Hang your heads and weep!!!
Richard Gladwell,
The latest news out of the 2011 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Sailing Federation in St Petersburg, Russia is that the Executive Committee has met and decided not to support the recommendation of the Events Committee made yesterday.... [more]
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Wilson Trophy at West Kirby SC day one
Justin Chisholm,
Racing got underway on time and in perfect conditions on the first day of the 2011 Wilson Trophy for the British Team Racing Championship at West Kirby Sailing Club... [more]
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Boards in the Olympic Sailing regatta - mixed, team, and, or, and-or ?
Markus Schwendtner,
A mixed - or 'team' medal - in the boards category means two competitors from one country fighting for one medal. This can either be two kiteboarders (man and woman) for one medal, or one kiteboarder and one windsurfer of the same gender, again fighting for one medal. Examples of other Olympic sports are team ski jumping, team dressage and the recently introduced team luge, amongst others.... [more]
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Inaugural Hungarian 18ft Skiff Grand Prix
Frank Quealey,
The inaugural Hungarian 18ft Skiff Grand Prix will be sailed at Lake Balaton, Hungary from 12-15 May, and is the first European Grand Prix of 2011.... [more]
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Irish Sailing Team to compete at ISAF Youth Worlds announced
ISA has confirmed the youth sailors who will travel to Zadar, Croatia for the ISAF Youth World Championships in 07 -16 July 2011. All sailors achieved their international qualification prior to the ISA Mitsubishi National Championships in Dun Laoghaire over the weekend and all sailors finished as top girl or boy in their discipline.... [more]
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Lightnings at Oxford Open
Lightning 368,
The Oxford Open proved to be a somewhat trying day. The wind was virtually zero when we got there, however, we decided to go out on the water and crawled to the first mark.... [more]
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America's Cup: Challengers reduce to 14 teams + Video
Richard Gladwell,
34th America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray told Sail-World this morning that one of the teams that had lodged a Notice of Challenge with the Defender, Golden Gate Yacht Club had been declined. When the entries were announced at the closing date at the end of March 2011, there were ten named teams, five teams who had asked their details be kept confidential, and two of those were listed as... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Both Keelboats chopped by ISAF Events Committee
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World understands that the meeting of the International Sailing Federation's Events Committee has just voted on its schedule of ten Events for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Regatta. The report from the Committee will now go to the ISAF Council to be 'received' which then triggers a discussion and debate as to whether the Council endorse the Recommendation or amend it.... [more]
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UK Windsurfing Association's 2011 Cup Series event one
Kate Holmes,
WPNSA was the venue for the first event of the UK Windsurfing Association's 2011 Cup Series. Racing took place across the full range of windsurfing disciplines including the Olympic RS:X class, youth based Techno fleet as well as the Raceboard and Formula fleets.... [more]
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Cervantes Trophy Race success for British Keelboat Academy
The first offshore of the year for the British Keelboat Academy, the RORC Cervantes Trophy Race, proved a successful race... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: For whom the Olympic Bell Tolls? Part 2
Richard Gladwell,
In this second part of his commentary piece, Sail-World's NZ Editor, Richard Gladwell, looks at what he thinks the International Sailing Federation should be selecting as the Events for the 2016 Sailing Olympics... [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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SB3 Torbay Open: Breeze On - Surf's Up!
Stephen White,
The considerable absence of breeze came to a halt just in time for the SB3 Torbay Open.... [more]
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RORC Cervantes Trophy a blast reach to Le Havre
Louay Habib,
The first race to France for the RORC Season's 2011 Points Championship proved to be a real cracker with several classes enjoying some extremely competitive racing.... [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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