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Team 7 Match Racing Advances to Quarter Finals—Sailing News from the U

Sally Barkow and her Team 7 Match Race out-sailed the previously undefeated Russian team, skippered by Ekaterina Skudina, to advance to the Quarter Finals of the Women's Match Racing event at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta. This event, it should be noted, is serving as the official test of Weymouth's sailing facilities, prior to the 2012 Olympic Games. 'It's been sunny and warm and for the most part pretty light,' said Barkow. 'I woke up to 20 knots of breeze. I'm a fan of big breeze as it favors my size a bit and I'm looking for another solid event and I'm looking forward to it.'

The super quick Team 7 Match Race consists of Barkow, Alana O'Reilly and Elizabeth Kratzig Burnham. The quarterfinals will be sailed this Saturday, and are being raced as a knockout round. Team 7 Match Race will dial-up against Mandy Mulder (NED) and crew. Stay tuned for more from the Women's Match Racing event, as it becomes known.

Also at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, yesterday marked the start of racing in the RS:X class, while today will see the first guns fired in the Laser, Radial, and Men's and Women's 470 events. The Finn, the Star and the 49er classes will join the Women's Match Racing event on Saturday. Check out the regatta reports and multimedia coverage, including video Q&As with USSTAG members Zach Railey (Finns) and Brian Faith (Stars), inside.

04/08/2011 - Cascais (POR) - Americas's Cup World Series - ORACLE Racing - Puma Annoucement - Sailing Team - 34th America's Cup  Guilain Grenier/Oracle Racing

Interesting Cup news: Puma has now joined forces with Oracle Racing to produce a set of sailing-specific kit that's custom-designed to meet the needs of multihull Cup sailors. 'There was only one company for us. It was Puma. It's a hot brand with seriously cool gear,' said the now cat-clad Oracle Racing Skipper James Spithill.

Puma seems equally psyched on the arrangement: 'Oracle Racing is not only defending the Cup, but they are taking sailing to the next level – the boats are fast, the crews are dynamic and the racing is exciting to watch,' said Antonio Bertone, Chief Marketing Officer for Puma. 'This is the next step in developing the performance aspects of the sailing gear, along with connecting to a larger audience to spread the passion and joy of the sport.' Not only will this partnership likely produce some fashion-forward sailing threads, but it begs the question as to what Puma's intentions are—sailing wise—once the next Volvo winds down.

PORTUGAL, Cascais. 30th July 2011. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing starts their 2000 mile qualifying sail.  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race

And speaking of the Volvo, be sure to check out the five great videos, courtesy of the VOR, depicting all different aspects of 'life at the extreme'.

03/08/2011 - Cascais (POR) - 34th America's Cup - AC World Series - Cascais 2011 - - - America's Cup World Series, Cascais, 3 August 2011  Gilles Martin-Raget/

And being a Friday, also allow yourself some time to check out Gilles Martin-Raget's great image gallery from the final day of training and preparation before the first of the America's Cup World Series events begins tomorrow in Cascais, Portugal. Stay tuned for a lot more media from this event, as it unfolds.

Wild'ish Conditions Coming Into The Mark - Laser Heavy Weather Slalom 2011  Steffen Knudsen 2011

And finally, Laser sailors, be sure to check out Anna Tunnicliffe's regatta report from the Laser Heavy Weather Slalom, hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, which finished yesterday on San Francisco Bay. Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Fisher's View: Friday at Cascais - Kiwis throw down the gauntlet
Bob Fisher,
Top international yachting writer, Bob Fisher, is in Cascais for the opening round of the America's Cup World Series. He gives his view of the Practice Race: There were few surprises – the teams that had put in the most practice with their boats since they were first launched appeared at the top of the race results, which is as it should be..... [more]
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Dean's Diary: Three wins in Cascais Practice Round
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants Nexus AB, reports from Boston, USA on the Extreme40 series, in which Emirates Team NZ is competing. Today was the official practice racing before we get into the first weekend of this event. It is really a chance for both competitors and organisers to streamline their systems and get used to the new formats... [more]
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Lysekil Women's Match - Ulrikkeholm dominates
Lysekil Women's Match amended,
Camilla Ulrikkeholm raced extraordinary well during Thursdays' races in Lysekil and was undefeated going through the quarter finals of the Lysekil Women's Match. In the other semi final Australian Nicole Souter, raced against the other Danish semi finalist Trine Abrahamsen.... [more]
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Artemis Racing on the eve of action in the America's Cup World Series
Paul Cayard,
Today was the final shakedown for the nine teams competing in the first America's Cup World Series regatta, which starts tomorrow and runs through 14 August in Cascais, Portugal. In a steady 8-15 knot breeze, Artemis Racing lined up against the competition for three short practice fleet races. It was just a glimpse of what is to come in the next eight days as the world's top teams battle it o... [more]
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Copa del Rey Audi Mapre - Closing the gap
Joy Dunigan,
Copa del Rey Audi Mapfre, organized by the Real Club Nautico de Palma, reached a vitally important day on Friday, not quite because of the weather conditions, but with discards in effect after race eight, the points gap has narrowed for overall leader Jason Carroll on Argo, due to a little less consistent results.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - Early mark set
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta, an Olympic Test Event, is currently underway in the UK. On the first day of 470 sailing, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark (GBR) set an early marker for the women after they recorded double bullets. In race one the girls finished ten seconds ahead of China's Wang Xiao and Huang Xufeng but in race two the Brits blew the field away... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 Cowes all set for action
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 is prepared to deliver and will witness the top pro sailing talent from 15 nations in a fleet of 12 Extreme 40s take to the waters with plenty of breeze which will be fit for perfect adrenalin-fuelled Stadium sailing. Act 5 is set to begin Saturday 6th August and the Extreme 40s will, once again be one of the headline acts of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta - More Ingrid Abery images
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery captured the action at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011, the Olympic Test Event, currently underway in the UK.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Photographer Ingrid Abery was at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta 2011, the Olympic Test Event, capturing the action. Enjoy... [more]
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Laser Heavy Weather Slalom day 2 – Team Maclaren take fifth spot
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Laser Heavy Weather Slalom - It was much more of a heavy weather day today at the Maclaren/Laser Performance Heavy Weather Laser Slalom. I made it to the final six boats before I lost my race by a foot or so at the finish to finish tied for the fifth spot. The slalom was sailed in Laser full rigs. The course was an eight buoy course set into an n-shape with four buoys on each side.... [more]
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America's Cup: Green Comm announces crew and rotations
Green Comm and Sail-World,
The 34th America's Cup challenger from Spain announces today its crew for the first day of the America's Cup World Series event in Cascais. Slovenian two-time Olympic Laser medalist Vasilij Žbogar will take the helm.... [more]
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America's Cup: Opening Media Conference - Cascais - Full Video
Nine sailing teams are making their final preparations in Cascais, Portugal ahead of the opening weekend of the 34th America's Cup. The teams include seven Challengers from six countries, plus two teams from the America's Cup Defender Oracle Racing. See the video in this story for the opening media conference at Cascais.... [more]
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Heavy Weather Laser Slalom 2011 a blast
Michelle Slade,
With 25 knots registering on the committee boat the Laser Slalom 2011 fleet hit the water for the wildest ride on the Bay, the St Francis Yacht Club's Heavy Weather Slalom event. Racing began about 1pm in a flood tide and white caps. Not quite perfect but good enough, noted Don Trask, event founder.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta day 3
Dana Paxton,
The Weymouth and Portland International Regatta has reached its third day of competition. With it being the final day of the Women's Match Racing round robins, Sally Barkow's Team 7 Match Race defeated the undefeated Russian team and qualified for the Quarter Finals.... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Day 3 - RS:X begins
Weymouth and Portland International Regatta's third day witnessed the start of the Men and Women's RS:X. Brit Nick Dempsey and Dorian Van Rijsselberge (NED) are locked at three points apiece after they each recorded a bullet and second place finish.... [more]
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup promises to be an eye-catching feast
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. This annual meeting of the bold and the beautiful, elegance and finesse, onshore refinement and offshore adventure, takes place in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda are expecting a record presence for the 22nd edition... [more]
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34th America's Cup - Puma partners with Oracle Racing
Lisa Ramsperger,
34th America's Cup - Extreme race performance demands exceptional technical clothing for Oracle Racing's athletes. When they're finished sailing the fastest boats in the world, the sailors want great chill-out gear ashore. Global sportlifestyle brand Puma won the selection process to partner with Oracle Racing as the U.S. team's Official Sportswear and Technical Supplier.... [more]
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USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign update
Steve Bodner,
USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign update from USA National Windsurfing Champion Steve Bodner: If I missed out on the Polynesian sailing canoes entering the SF Bay, I certainly found the stoke alive at the south tower yesterday. It absolutely went off.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour brings fans closer to action with iTunes
Fans of the World Match Racing Tour, the world's premier match racing series, can now download all the latest top-quality multimedia content from the Tour from iTunes. Whether it's onboard footage from the thick of the racing, a venue profile, in-depth interviews with the sailors or the Tour's flagship magazine shows The Morning Show and The Today Show, you can now download the content for free on... [more]
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BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival promo kicks off at Cowes Week
Linda Phillips,
BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival - The promotional kick off takes place this week at the longest running and perhaps the biggest yachting event in the world, Cowes Week. Joining forces with Sunsail, Nanny Cay and Gill, BVI Spring Regatta will launch it's annual campaign... [more]
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Volvo Videos: Latest updates from the Volvo Ocean Race
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Five excellent videos from the Volvo Ocean Race: Go aboard with Puma's Ken Read on the Trans Atlantic Race; Mike Sanderson, skipper of Team Sanya gives us, and a Chinese crew member an induction tour of the boat; Rob Greenhalgh explains a day's game plan aboard Abu Dhabi as they race against time; Lest we forget it is like down below a Volvo 70, Richard Mason gives an onboard tour and more...... [more]
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America's Cup: More images from training day - Cascais, Portugal
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on the water at Cascais, Portugal, and presents a second gallery of images, as more of the teams stretched their legs in the AC45 catamarans, and took part in some trial racing, ahead of the series start on Saturday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Carrie Howe the only woman sailor in the ACWS
Pierre Orphanidis, Green Comm,
Carrie Howe is not only the only woman in Green Comm Racing, she is also the only woman sailor taking part in the 34th America's Cup. Right after the first day of sailing, Carrie talks about her impressions, her aspirations and advice to young sailor girls.... [more]
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Champlain Community Sailing Center still in need
Selma Basic,
The Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center is still freshly recovering from their immense loss of $75,000 due to the flood that began in late April, 2011, causing the center to open ten weeks behind schedule. Washington and Caledonia counties experienced a record breaking amount of rain that lasted through the first week of May.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images from training day + first images of China Team
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on the water at Cascais, Portugal as more of the teams stretched their legs in the AC45 catamarans, and took part in some trial racing, ahead of the series start on Saturday.... [more]
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US Sailing launches new website for 2012 Olympic sailing teams
Dana Paxton,
In the one year countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, US Sailing has launched a new website that highlights America's sailing athletes' journey to Weymouth, U.K., the location of the sailing competition. The new!website!new, illustrates the U.S. Team's 'Way to Weymouth' and was created in-house at the sport's national governing body in collaborati... [more]
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