Perth 2011 - ISAF Sailing World Championships - the big hurdle ahead of the London Olympics

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Perth 2011 – the big hurdle ahead of Weymouth 2012

Welcome to the first of Sail-World's 2012 Olympic newsletters, sent to you 255 days ahead of the London Olympic regatta.

The most significant sailing milestone ahead of the Olympics is the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, now just two weeks away. It will be held between Saturday third and Sunday 18th of December

Around 1,200 sailors from approximately 80 nations will compete in 800-plus boats, sailing across six courses off Fremantle, Western Australia.

RSXs training in Bathers Bay Fremantle - Perth 2011  Richard Palfreyman

Seventy-five per cent of the nations that will compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games will earn their places at Perth 2011. The remaining 25 per cent will be finalised at the respective class World Championships, which occur in early 2012.

Sail-World has been talking to a range of key players, sailors, coaches and administrators ahead of Perth 2011, and today we bring you those feature articles in this first Olympic newsletter.

Looking ahead to Weymouth and July 29th 2012, will have its largest Olympic media team - Bob Fisher, Mark Chisnell, David Schmidt, Richard Gladwell and Rob Kothe and a large number of contributors, all bringing their perspectives to the Sail-World coverage.

Danish 49ers Training Fremantle - Perth 2011  Richard Palfreyman

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Right now, enjoy our latest news.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

Perth 2011 - And now to land the fish!!
Rob Kothe & Team,
In less than three weeks time the largest high performance sailing event conducted will take place in the one of the remotest cities on the planet. In Fremantle, Western Australia around 1,200 sailors from approximately 80 nations will compete in 800 plus boats, sailing across six courses.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - the training scene,
sailors from around 50 of the approximately 80 countries expected to participated in the 2011 ISAF World Championships have now arrived in Fremantle. Here are some of the action.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Aussie sailors dominate at Sail Melbourne
Craig Heydon,
Sail Melbourne 2011 - Australian sailors have dominated the final day of the ISAF Sailing World in Melbourne with the home team claiming 16 medals across the eight Olympic and two Paralympic classes. The final day of Sail Melbourne featured close racing across the fleets with the top 10 boats in each class hitting Port Phillip Bay for the medal races.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013 - Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre selected
Neus Jordi,
The organisation of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre celebrated this afternoon at the Barcelona International Boat Show the announcement of its inclusion in the new Olympic classes world sailing circuit to start in 2013. Only two European events have been selected and the Sofia is one of them with its 43rd edition to be held in the bay of Palma in April 2012.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup – Light winds test crews at Sail Melbourne
Lauren Garnet,
Sail Melbourne - The final day of racing tomorrow, Saturday, is set for an exciting finish with the final positions in the majority of classes still to be decided. Light winds tested all of the crews on Port Phillip Bay with tight racing the highlight of day five.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Not always happy families on Olympic class sailing scene
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
For the last five years a not very secret project has been aiming to deliver a better more durable Laser sail. The final prototypes have been tested for more than 18 months, they've passed with flying colours, its reported that the World Council unanimously voted for a routine equipment change a long time ago but the project is now very much stalled.... [more]
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Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht Race announced
Will Davies,
Perth 2011 - Win your way to the ISAF Sailing World Championships by sailing from Weymouth to Perth in a LiveSkipper Virtual Yacht Race. Using real-time weather conditions from around the world, the LiveSkipper Perth 2011 Virtual Yacht race, by BeTomorrow, allows skippers world-wide to control a virtual maxi-trimaran... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Australia's next Sailing Golden Girls?
Rob Kothe,
In Olympic sailing history, there have been two sets of Australian Womens Gold medal performances. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, both came in the 470 dinghy class in which super-coach Victor Kovalenko guided teams to victory.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - US Women's 470 – Maxwell and Farrar ‘In the Passing Lane'
Shauna McGee Kinney,
The US Women's 470 team of Erin Maxwell and Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar are in the passing lane and aiming for the Olympics. The journey has been long and filled with great destinations, major decisions and success.... [more]
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Perth Sailing World Championships Schedule Of Racing published
International Sailing Federation,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Schedule of Racing has now been published after months of planning and the careful consideration of class requirements. Racing begins on 3 December at 12:00 local time with the women's match racers kicking things off. The Laser Radial, Women's RS:X, Finn and Men's 470 take to the water on 5 December with the Medal Races taking place on 11 December... [more]
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Ahead of Perth 2011-Kovalenko says key to Olympic success is the Big C
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
‘I am not a medal maker, the sailors are the medal-makers' says Australian sailing super coach Victor Kovalenko who has coached thirteen 470 World Championship titles winners and eight 470 Olympic-medal winning crews.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – Can they knock off Big Ben?
Rob Kothe,
Sailings Superstar British sailor Ben Ainslie, the only sailor ever to be crowned ISAF World Sailor of the Year three times (1998, 2002 & 2008), will be 35 years old by the 2012 London Olympics. He will be sailing at his fifth Olympic Games, aiming to win another gold medal, perhaps weighed down by the British public expectations media demands with three gold medals and one silver round his ne... [more]
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Perth 2011 – a big U.S. team and a watershed for U.S. Olympic sailing
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Since sailing first joined the Olympic program in 1908 the most successful sailing nation has been the United States of America, with 59 medals. At the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics the U.S. led the field with seven sailing medals, while Great Britain took home just one bronze.... [more]
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Perth 2011 – World Sailor of Year aims for Olympic Gold, America's Cup
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
As a youngster growing up on Australia's east coast he did not like sailing; he was bribed by his sisters to crew for them, at 20c a race. But he was 2010 World Sailor of the Year, has four World Championship titles, is one of the hottest Olympic Gold Medal Prospects and has now joined the America's Cup scene.... [more]
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Perth 2011: Conquering the Wind and the Waves - the 49er Challenge
Rob Kothe and the Team,
Nine months before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, Nathan Outteridge and childhood friend Iain ‘Goobs' Jensen (AUS) are considered the 49er favourites. The duo has won all four regattas they have contested at the 2012 Olympic site in Weymouth.... [more]
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World Match leader board tightens as three times Gold Cup winner exits
Yanmar Racing Media,
Four times ISAF World Match Racing Champion Peter Gilmour, whose YANMAR Racing Team is currently fourth on the 2011 World Match Racing Tour leader board crashed out of the Argo Group Gold Cup in Hamilton Bermuda today.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie amongst sailors named in Team GB for 2012 London Olympics
Matt Carter,
London Olympic Games - The road to 2012 glory has just got one step closer for some of the nation's top sailors who today (20 September) became the first British athletes to be officially selected to compete for Team GB. Ben Ainslie, the triple Olympic gold and silver medallist and Britain's most successful Olympic sailor, heads the list of 11 athletes confirmed by the British Olympic Association... [more]
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Weymouth and Portland International Regatta Slingsby wins Gold
Craig Heydon,
Slingsby went into the final 10 boat medal race second overall, just one point behind New Zealand's Andrew Murdoch and one ahead of Dutch sailor Rutger van Schaardenburg. 'Coming into the last mark before the short reach to the finish Rutger and I were right alongside each other, he called that he had room, I said that he didn't and he called a protest,' Tom said.... [more]
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ISAF Technical Delegate gives Weymouth venue a big tick + Video
Int Sailing Federation and Sail-World,
Interview with one of two ISAF Technical Delegates attending the 2011 Olympic Test event at Weymouth, UK. David Kellett (AUS) says 'The venue is fantastic. The layout that the RYA were involved in with the Weymouth and Portland people has shown that they were well ahead of the game.' See video of the onshore facilities as well... [more]
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Why Britain rules the Olympic sailing waves
Robin Scott-Elliot,
Robin Scott-Elliot of The Independent gets a rare look at how the British Olympic Sailing system operates - producing five medals from the Sydney Olympic Regatta in 2000 and six from Qingdao, China in 2008, including four gold medals. Britain was top country at the recent Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in the 2012 Olympic venue of Weymouth - winning six medals in the ten Olympic events and two med... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 Medal Race Video highlights
Sarah Alexander,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 Medal Races Video highlights, including interview, at Weymouth and Portland.... [more]
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Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta: World Cup standings after Weymouth
International Sailing Federation,
Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta 2011 is the the penultimate regatta on the ISAF Sailing World Cup series. The International Sailing Federation has just released the updated ISAF World Cup standings after the conclusion of the sixth event on the seven race circuit... [more]
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