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 07 Jun 2011

Have you ever wondered which is worth more - an Olympic Gold Medal or a World Championship title? The Olympics get the visibility, but the Worlds provide much more competition in terms of numbers. Take the Finn class, for example. The top Finn sailors in the world are battling it out at Weymouth right now, including Ben Ainslie, Ed Wright and Giles Scott - all GBR - but regardless of how damn good any of them are, and even if they finish 1, 2, 3 in this regatta, only one of them is going to be representing GBR in the next Olympics. Because there's only one 'slot' per country per class. It's the same for all the classes. And that means that many of the sailors competing in the Olympics are not necessarily the best of the best - they are just the best that the syatem let through. So - same question again: which is worth more, an Olympic Gold Medal or a World Championship title? Beats me.

Guy Nowell, Editor

Hobie Class upcoming 2011 worldwide events
Hobie Class,
The International Hobie Class Association has announced exciting Hobie events taking place in locations around the world for 2011.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold - Finns day one
Robert Deaves,
Skandia Sail for Gold 2011 started on a flat note with most classes being postponed ashore waiting for the wind. When it finally arrived the Finns got just one race in with Dan Slater (NZL) taking the gun from Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (CRO).... [more]
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RHKYC - The Changing of the Guard
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
New incumbent to the post is Mark Bovaird, formerly CEO of the Roehampton Club, previously General Manager at the RAC Golf & Country Club, Epsom, and before that Deputy Asst to the Master of the Household at Buckingham Palace.... [more]
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HHYC Tumi Summer Saturday Series starts 4 June
HHYC Media,
The Hebe Haven Yacht Club's (HHYC) summer cruiser racing series will start with the TUMI Summer Saturday Series 2011 from 4th June to 13th August, and continues to grow in popularity with the yacht racing fleet in Hong Kong. This Series comprises of 12 races in total and is sailed in the pleasant waters of Port Shelter, off Sai Kung on alternate Saturdays.... [more]
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Etchells World Championship 2011 day one to Hardesty
Etchells Worlds,
Etchells World Championship 2011 is underway in San Diego. Bill Hardesty and Vince Brun were at the front of the fleet for nearly the entire day. AUS 1278 Michael Hiatt is the top foreign boat in sixth place overall.... [more]
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Camper doubles her lead in the Auckland - Fiji Race + Camper report
Richard Gladwell,
The Volvo Ocean race entry, Camper, sailed by Emirates Team NZ has doubled her lead overnight in the Auckland-Musket Cove, Fiji Race. We look at the latest reports from PredictWind and navigator Will Oxley reports from CAMPER as dawn breaks on Day 2 of Auckland-Musket Cove race.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava wrap
PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava 2011 has delivered some outstanding slalom conditions that resulted in Antoine Albeau claiming his first victory of the year.... [more]
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PWA World Cup Catalunya Costa Brava - Albeau and a twist
In true Catalunya style the thermal kicked in between 8-13 knots, just enough to complete elimination 8 and enabling some last minute drama to unfold. The loser's final saw the wind dropping off slightly and the sailors really had to work their way around the course often coming to a complete stop at the marks.... [more]
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Isle of Wight record attempt by l'Hydroptère
Bibiana Jurado,
The Trimaran l'Hydroptère is on her way to England and is preparing to challenge and beat the record around the Isle of Wight. The current record has been held since November 2001 by Steve Fosset's catamaran Playstation.... [more]
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WMRT Portimão Portugal Match Cup 2011 – Win a trip of a lifetime
World Match Racing Tour,
Portimão Portugal Match Cup 2011 is the fourth stage of the 2011 World Match Racing Tour. Win a VIP trip for two to watch the racing in person. Head to Portugal's stunning Algarve coast to watch the world's leading sailors battle it out in Portimão Marina as they bid to win the prestigious 2011 Match Racing World Championship... [more]
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Platu 25 World Championships Overall
International Platu 25 Class amended by Sail-World,
Platu 25 World Championships 2011 has come to a thrilling end after nine highly competitive races and the Italian EUK II Monella Vagabonda helmed by Sandro Montefusco, is now the new Platu 25 World Champion.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie talks Olympics and Sail for Gold
Ben Ainslie,
Sail for Gold Regatta will see triple gold and silver Olympic medallist Ben Ainslie compete this year. Ben shares with us his thoughts on the upcoming Sail for Gold Regatta in addition to his visions for the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans next edition set for autumn 2014
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans rich heritage is set to continue after it was announced the ninth edition of the original solo round the world yacht race will start in autumn 2014... [more]
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