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ISAF Sailing World Cup Women's Match Racing  Alex McKinnon - Copyright

By far, the biggest news in sailing is coming from Australia, where the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships are currently taking place. Action is hot in all of the classes, especially now that the weather has settled down a bit from the fervent thunder and lightning storms of earlier in the week, and recovered from the weak breezes of last weekend. The first Gold Fleet races have now taken place, with fine performances by US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) members Anna Tunnicliffe (Women's Match Racing) and Paige Railey (Laser Radials). Get the full scoop, inside this issue.

Speaking of Tunniclife and Railey, both sailors have made the prestigious US Sailing's 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Award's official shortlist, along with five other women and eight men. Find out more about these talented sailors, as well as the annual award, inside.

In offshore news, check out the latest whispers about what classes stand the best shot at winning the overall prize for the upcoming 2011 Sydney-Hobart Race. While the supermaxi's will be toeing the line, rumor has it that the 50-footers are the boats to watch.

Also offshore, all six entrants in the 2011/2012 Volvo Ocean Race are safely in Cape Town after individual journeys involving a variety of transportation methods. Battling the clock, Puma Ocean Racing is trying to get their new mast stepped and tuned before this week's upcoming in-port race. Likewise, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has been working hard to get their spar rigged, and Team Sanya have completed the (nearly) impossible task of rebuilding a huge section of their bow, which they badly broke in the first storm-tossed few days of Leg One. Get the inside scoop on each team's progress, as well as news of Groupama's recently lodged protest against Emirates Team New Zealand.

Strange cloud formations at 43 degrees South - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Campagne de France

Leg Two of the Global Ocean Race is also proving to be entertaining, with Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon, aboard Financial Crisis recently overtaking Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron aboard Campagne de France. The fleet is at roughly 42 degrees South, so the conditions are starting to deteriorate, with some nasty weather in the forecast. 'We're a bit like an animal being led to the slaughterhouse,' said Ramon of the upcoming blow. 'Although we do have a choice of when we let the front give us a whipping.'

Perth, WA - December 8: Steven le Fevre, Steven Krol , 470 Men December 8, 2011 off Fremantle, Australia. (Photo by Richard Langdon)
  Richard Langdon /Ocean Images ©

Also inside, get the latest happenings from the Phuket Kings Cup, the Extreme Sailing Series Act 9, the Clipper Around the World Race, and the upcoming Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup. And finally, be sure to check out the great image gallery of Day 6 of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. Enjoy.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year shortlist released
Jan Harley,
The record books are preparing to close on another year of racing and with this comes the celebration by US Sailing of most outstanding performances with the release of the shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards. Individuals who make the 2011 shortlist represent the diversity of the sport... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Finns tight at top after day 6
Robert Deaves,
A single race for Finns on Thursday at the Finn Gold Cup at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships provided few surprises, but some great racing. Pieter Jan Postma (NED) won the race to extend his lead to two points over Giles Scott (GBR), while Ben Ainslie remains in third, another two points back.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 6 images
Various Photographers,
Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane and Alex McKinnon present images from the on water action in Perth, Western Australia.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 6- First Gold fleet races
Perth 2011,
On day 6 of Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, the first Gold fleet races got underway amid a moderate sea breeze providing near perfect sailing conditions off Fremantle. Poland's Zofia Noceti-Klepacka had more on her mind than just winning her RS-X races on Thursday, crediting her impressive comeback on a new mental outlook.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Cessna Citation squeeze into lead
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - At 07:00 GMT on Thursday, Marco Nannini and Hugo Ramon with Financial Crisis were the fourth double-handed, Class40 to pass the eastern extremity of the western Indian Ocean's leg two ice limit at 42S, followed two hours later by the South African duo of Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire in fifth on Phesheya-Racing.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA qualifies two Olympic events
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - With three additional races held Thursday in the Laser Radial, Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) has an overall third place, to date, in the series. By making the cut into the gold fleet on Wednesday, Railey secured a country berth for USA in the women's singlehanded dinghy event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - Difficult conditions
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - At the pre-race press conference Groupe Edmond de Rothschild skipper Pierre Pennec told the press: 'We are extremely happy to be in contention for the overall title – it's going to be tight racing against Luna Rossa...' And the game of cat and mouse that started on the opening day, continued unabated on day two.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Champagne sailing
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With truly champagne sailing conditions, warm sunshine and the worst of the weather behind them, the teams are clearly enjoying this stage of the race. All the more so as they are so tightly bunched they are within sight of each other, which is spurring on the crews to wring every last knot of boat speed from their yachts.... [more]
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Father edges out son in December Match Race
Rick Roberts,
In the inaugural December Match Race, first place honors went to Bill Durant who edged out his son Dustin in the ISAF Grade 5 event hosted by the Long Beach Yacht Club. The double round robin format hosted four west coast match racing teams; Dave Hood, Long Beach; Bruce Stone, San Francisco; Bill Durant, Long Beach and Bill's son Dustin Durant who goes by 'Dusty'.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Big day with top end conditions
Paul Larsen,
What a big day. I don't think we have ever done five runs in a day let alone in such top end conditions. We went out there and went for it today. There were things that I needed to see. The conditions were, of course, just a little too much. The wind was gusting to 34 knots but I couldn't afford to procrastinate.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 5
Perth ISAF Sailng World Championships,
On day five of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, predominantly blue skies, sunshine and light to moderate winds greeted sailors. Competitors in four classes put aside the disappointment of Tuesday's postponements by asserting themselves in the fleet racing.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - Red Bull in top form
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series™ final Act has begun in Singapore under the gaze of the iconic Singapore Flyer, the world's largest observation wheel, and the towering downtown city skyline. The Extreme Sailing Series Race Village nestles on the edge of the Formula 1 racetrack that has a permanent residence here in this impressively efficient city, and the 10 Extreme 40s were raring to go.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Visit Finland holds lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The ten-strong fleet has enjoyed a great day's racing in the last 24 hours after rounding North Cape at the top of New Zealand to continue the sprint across the Tasman Sea with less than 1,000 miles now separating the front runners from the finish line.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Strong day for McNay and Biehl
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing in the RS:X Women, 470 Men, Laser Radial and Finn classes continued with three races in each class along with Group B Women's Match Racing. 'Team GetSailing' had a full day of Women's Match Racing and added more wins and one more loss to their score line to bring the team's overall score, to date, to six wins and two losses.... [more]
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And they're off: Inaugural Kiteboard racing at Phuket King's Cup
King's Cup Event Media,
Much has been said of mixing kite boarding and sailing and much more will be said in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics as the kite board fraternity pitch to be an official event. While these discussions continue, the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand has taken a bold step introducing a Kiteboard Class to the 25-year old multi-class regatta.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean race: Puma reaches Cape Town after 31 day epic journey
Volvo Ocean Racing,
It was not the way Ken Read had imagined stepping off PUMA's Mar Mostro and on to shore at Cape Town but after 31 days away the American could still savour a heartfelt moment with wife Kathy before putting the next phase of the recovery plan into place. Puma Ocean Racing, who set off from Alicante with the rest of the fleet back on November 5, made it into the Cape Town port late on Tuesday nig... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup - Neil Pryde world leader in Wind and Kitesurfing
Phuket King's Cup media,
At 72 years old Neil Pryde is one of the stalwarts of the Phuket Kings Cup and indeed of Asian sailing. Pryde, a New Zealand born sailor has been in Asia for almost 50 years and he loves the sailing conditions Asia has to offer.... [more]
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2012 Melges 29erXX schedule for North America
Kristen Lane,
2012 schedule for the Melges 29erXX. The revolutionary 29er and 29erXX were introduced initially in 1998 by Julian Bethwaite and are pure and simple designs that offer fun, high-speed and competitive rides that are crafted by Melges USA.... [more]
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MedCup sailing circuit suspended for 2012 season
World Sailing Management and Audi,
World Sailing Management (WSM), organizers of the MedCup sailing circuit, the official international competition of the TP52 and Soto 40 classes, regrets to announce that it has decided to suspend the 2012 season. WSM will continue to work during 2012 in order to overcome these difficulties... [more]
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USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign - How I almost got run over by a train
Steve Bodner,
USA 4 Windsurfing Campaign update from USA National Windsurfing Champion Steve Bodner: I scoped the beach out the weekend before meeting Zaijeck to pick up my new slalom board. The launch looked sketchy. The hike down, the gate, the train track. I wrote it off. Honestly, I had more on my mind- with the excitement of a brand new lightweight slalom board!... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Heavy thunderstorms cancel racing
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - With dramatic and uncharacteristic thunderstorms rolling over Fremantle, in Western Australia, organizers of the Championships made the call to cancel all racing for the day due to heavy thunder and lightning strikes, and a forecast that would continue through to the evening.... [more]
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Perth 2011 -Day 4 Women's Match Racing Group B – Thunder and lightning
Perth 2011 media,
Thunder, lightning and sometimes heavy rain greeted crews in the first flight of group B Women's Match Racing on Fremantle's inner harbour Tuesday morning – Day 4 of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - 2012 Notice of Race posted
John Rousmaniere,
The NOR for the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race has now been posted and amongst changes are new requirements for crew training, satellite telephones, and life jackets and safety harnesses. The 48th edition of the race gets underway on June 15, 2012 off Castle Hill, Newport, RI and will finish 635 miles and several days later off St. David's Head, Bermuda.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Solid day for U.S. Sailing Team
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships third day continued with the Women's Match Racing plus racing got underway in four of the fleet racing classes: Women's RS:X, Finn, Laser Radial and Men's 470. Top performances of the day came from Zach Railey, Paige Railey and Anna Tunnicliffe's Team Maclaren, Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi, who now stands with six wins, one loss.... [more]
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Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Midwinter Regatta overall
Erik Simonson,
Manuel Fagundes Seaweed Soup Midwinter Regatta was held on 3rd December 2011. Saturday broke with impossibly blue skies, unlimited visibility and crisp, cool breezes out of the North.... [more]
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Zach Railey – US Finn sailing like a shark in Perth
Shauna McGee Kinney,
US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics has a shark on their side and he's chasing down the competition. Zach Railey – 2008 Silver Medalist and ISAF 5 Ranked Finn sailor is heating up the competition at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia.... [more]
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