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Paige Railey racing in the Radial medal race - ISAF Sailing World Championships Perth 2011  Mick Anderson/SAILINGPIX.DK .

The One Design action at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships is intense right now as some classes' Gold races build up, while others wind down. Racing was particularly tough in the Laser Radial class, where US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics (USSTAG) rep Paige Railey brought home a Bronze Medal. 'It's good to win bronze here,' reported a happy Railey. 'It's a bigger win than any of the other Worlds, and I'm proud to represent the US and win a medal.' Look for a strong performance from Railey in next summer's Olympic Games.

Racing also concluded in the Finn class, where event leader Ben Ainslie (GBR) was disqualified from races nine and ten due to an incident with a media-boat driver, causing an upset on the leader board and ending his dreams of Gold in this important event. 'I'm very sorry that the jury decided to react the way they did over something which really wasn't as big as it was blown up to be,' said Ainslie. 'It's very disappointing that the Championship has been decided this way. I've worked extremely hard over the last six weeks and have been training incredibly hard to get to this position in a venue, which has been difficult for me with my size against the bigger sailors. I feel like I've actually sailed one of the best regattas of my life so to be in this situation now is very disappointing.' Giles Scott (GBR) took top Finn honors, followed by Pieter-Jan Postma (NED) and Ed Wright (GBR); USSTAG Finn rep Zach Railey (Paige's older brother) finished in eighth place.

Now the question arises, will the RYA, the British Yachting Authority impose a penalty on Ainslie? In past sailors have receive bans of up to two years for similar offences. Sail-World will keep you posted.

Five US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes have now been selected for the US Olympic Team 2012.
Paige Railey Laser Radial and her brother Finn Zach Railey Finn class 470 Mens Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl 470 Mens have qualified. US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee will officially nominate the US Olympic Team 2012, pending approval from the US Olympic Committee.

Farrah Hall women's windsurfer (RS: X), has earned a nomination pending both US Olympic Committee approval and qualification of the USA in the RS:X. As the USA did not qualify at the ISAF Worlds, the final opportunity will be 2012 RS:X World Championship, in Cadiz, Spain

Get the full debriefing, as well as several great image galleries from Perth, inside.

Leg 2 Race Tracker at 15:00 GMT 11/12/2011 - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  

Offshore, the intensity is ratcheting up in the double-handed Global Ocean Race (GOR), where six teams are racing around the world aboard Class 40 raceboats—a class that's quickly becoming serious business on the shorthanded sailing circuit. Conrad Colman and Sam Goodchild aboard Cessna Citation were the first through the Celox Sailing Scoring Gate at 69 degrees East (north of Kerguelen Island in the Indian Ocean), followed by Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron on Campagne de France and Ross and Campbell Field aboard BSL. 'Having seen over our shoulder that the Fields had clearly put up a gennaker to stay ahead of the front, we couldn't hang around,' reported Colman. 'Up again with the Code 5 and [our] world turned white! The spray we currently have on deck isn't one's garden-hose, let's-water-the-roses-type spray—we now have the whiteout-sheets-of-water-with-droplets-the size-of-bricks-type spray.' Get the full torrent, inside.

Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France at the start of leg 2 from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Photo Credit Must Read: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)  Paul Todd/Outside Images ©

This weekend was also a big one in Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) circles, as the six-strong fleet ticked off the inshore racing in Cape Town, plus they also started Leg Two, which eventually takes the teams to Abu Dhabi, via an unconventional, pirate-avoidance scheme. Iker Martínez and his Telefonica crew built on their Leg One victory by nabbing top honors in the in-port race, followed by Emirates Team New Zealand and the Puma Ocean Racing. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing led the fleet out of Cape Town, but the fleet is expecting uphill conditions and rough weather for the first several days of this leg; hopefully the attrition rate will not be as big a factor in this next leg as it was in the first. Get the latest news and check out a video replay of the restart, inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Perth 2011 - First members of US Olympic Sailing Team announced
Dana Paxton,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - The next chapter in the lives of five US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes began at Perth 2011 when they were selected for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. As the top-scoring eligible American athletes in their respective Olympic sailing classes, Paige Railey, Zach Railey, Stuart McNay and Graham Biehl have successfully completed qualification.... [more]
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Chicago sailors honored with Hanson Rescue Medal
Jake Fish,
Sailors Mary Kovats, Jacob Karlin, and Dave Stix of Chicago, Illinois, will be awarded a Hanson Rescue Medal by US Sailing for their bravery during the rescue of three distressed sailors from the cold, story waters or Lake Michigan on May 7, 2011. US Sailing has awarded these sailors with a Hanson Rescue Medal for the seamanship and regard for safety they exhibited.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Tunnicliffe seeded second
Anna Tunnicliffe,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, it was a short day for the Gold Group round in Women's Match Racing. Anna Tunnicliffe brings us up to date on her team's progress.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Navigators' dilemma as Groupama leads + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
Groupama (Franck Cammas) continues to lead the bunched Volvo Ocean Race fleet from Camper ETNZ, while points leader Telefonica, trails the six boat fleet on Day 2 of the second Leg of the 39,000nm Round the World race. Tonight at 1900 UTC, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet remains tightly bunched, with no clear strategy at this stage. Camper skipper Chris Nicholson gives his view of the situation... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 49er Worlds now underway
Jerelyn Biehl,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, the 49er Class has ‘sprung' into action on day one of the 49er World Championship. There are now just two points separating the top four positions after three races. Organizers endeavored to start races on time to beat the impending forecast for thunderstorms and heavy afternoon winds on the Centre course... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 10
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailng World Championships,
On day ten of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia, competitors and spectators alike were greeted by powerful south easterly winds that went as high as 22 knots; this was in addition to heavy showers, thunder and lightning. The 49er class, Women's 470, Men's RS:X, and Laser class began their title campaigns in this second week of the competition.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy: Banque Populaire knocks over three days off record
Banque Populaire Media,
Less than a week after crossing the Cape of Good Hope and their entry into the Indian Ocean, the crew of the Maxi Banque Populaire V have crossed the Cape Leewin at 9:29am on Saturday 10th October, getting once again a new reference time between these two Capes. After 17 days 23 hours 57 minutes and 18 seconds at sea since leaving Ushant. Includes three videos of fast sailing in the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – Ben Ainslie Rule 69 incident
Lindsey Bell,
ISAF Sailing World Championships – The RYA is awaiting the report from the International Jury, of the Perth 2011 Worlds, in order to consider what further action, if any, to take. The RYA will follow its established procedures for responding to Rule 69 reports.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Good start for Puma Ocean Racing
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race - Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: I cannot begin to tell you how refreshing it feels to be out here competing in this race again, and against all six teams no less. I'm having difficulty remembering our four full days in Cape Town – it went by that fast.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Gold Coast Australia takes lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Fewer than 100 miles to go for the leading trio, who are separated now by just seven miles, and this race is far from over. 'The atmosphere on board is electric!' exclaims De Lage Landen skipper, Stuart Jackson; 'Nerve wracking,' says Olly Osborne on Visit Finland; and, 'Exciting racing,' notes Richard Hewson as his Gold Coast Australia team move into the lea... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - US second in Star class
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships second week is underway with the Men's RS:X, Laser, Women's 470 and 49er fleet racing. The Star class continued its series from Sunday, and Women's Match Racing continued with the seeding matches for semi-finals.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Anchors out as fleet misses front
Volvo Ocean Race,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has had the gentlest of introductions to Leg 2 with the early breeze at the start evaporating overnight to leave all six boats virtually becalmed and struggling to make headway against the current close to the African coast.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Finn images
Robert Deaves,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images from the Finn Gold Cup by Robert Deaves.... [more]
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Sailing as a TV sport – the downside Ainslie's Rule 69
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The demand from the IOC is that Olympic sports improve their ratings. ISAF has responded with medal races and here at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championsips, with a stadium course. But television steps onto the field of play...... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships medal day race images
Various photographers,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images from Richard Langdon, Paul Kane and Alex McKinnon.... [more]
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Come from behind steals the Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship win
Joy Dunigan,
It was a dramatic final day for the 2011 Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami, Florida. Alessandro Rombelli's Stig, tactician Jonathan McKee and crew member Giorgio Tortarolo came from behind to take victory in the event. It came down to the last leg, of the last race when Rombelli raced across the finish line two positions ahead of Luca Lalli... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 start images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 images of the start of Leg 2 from Cape Town, South Africa by photographer Ingrid Abery.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Koritz hang on to RS:X Gold + Video
Rory Ramsden,
At the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Lee Koritz (ISR) held the grasp on her gold medal positions by just two point after a strong challenge from Zofia Noceti Klepacka (POL). As predicted yesterday Zofia proved too hot for Marina Alabau [ESP] to handle. She burst off the start line just behind Maayan Davidovich [ISR] who was first to the breakwater underneath the grandstands.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 - Not quite there
Paul Larsen,
It felt like it was going to blow all day... and it did! We got in to the container on the lawns of the Walvis Bay Yacht Club early and quickly pulled Vestas Sailrocket 2 out of her soft hangar. The wing was up in no time and Alex set to raking the whole beam and wing forward six degrees in anticipation for the loads that would need to be balanced if today we found the long sought after flow.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race crews make painfully slow progress
Sophie Luther,
The six-strong fleet that began Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race earlier today are making agonizingly slow progress towards the Cape of Good Hope which is around seventeen nautical miles (nm) south-southeast of the fleet. The first night at sea, after a hectic stopover in Cape Town, appears to be spent inching along the coast, just four nm from the shoreline, in little or no breeze.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 - Puma Ocean Racing ready to win
Lisa Ramsperger,
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg has bid farewell to Cape Town, South Africa. Puma's Mar Mostro was the third boat around the buoys before heading off on leg two to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the third port of the race.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - Luna Rossa claims title
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 9 - The Italian team Luna Rossa has won the final Act of 2011 in emphatic style and crowned the Overall Champions of the series. Max Sirena, Paul Campbell-James, Alister Richardson and Manuel Modena, who have raced together on the Extreme 40 all season, hardly put a foot wrong over the 35 races here in Singapore.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Bronze in Laser Radial for US
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Paige Railey won a bronze medal in the Laser Radial, while Zach Railey finished ninth overall in the Finn. In Women's Match Racing, Genny Tulloch, Jenn Chamberlin and Alice Manard Leonard continued in the repechage round, and Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih were the top scoring US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics team in the Star class.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Scott takes Finn title
Robert Deaves,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - The Finn medal race was a fantastic finale of the the first week of competition and it didn't disappoint. With three sailors capable of winning the coveted title and three more capable of snatching bronze, it was an enthralling and exciting contest with a thrilling ending.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet close in on finish
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - De Lage Landen and Visit Finland are separated by just one mile and have been on exactly the same course. In fact, it's only in the last nine hours that you'll have been able to see their tracks on the race viewer without zooming right in to be able to separate the two.... [more]
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Replay - Volvo Ocean Race start - Cape Town
See the start of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi with this viewer. You can also see two highlights videos of the race start and the full reply of the Inport Race... [more]
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Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship - New leader
Joy Dunigan,
The Audi Melges 20 Gold Cup Championship competitors enjoyed yet another exciting day of racing in Miami at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club. Amid predominately cloudy skies, two more races were completed with still shifty but, slightly breezier conditions. With eight races in the bag and two more to go, Italy's Luca Lalli and tactician Lorenzo Bressani on leads the fleet... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race images + Full replay Video
The Sail-World Team,
The Volvo Ocean Race crews took part in the V&A Waterfront In-Port Race in Cape Town, South Africa with Telefonica, Camper, and Puma rounding out the top three spots. Photographers Marc Bow and Paul Todd share images of the action. Also features a video of the full replay of the Inport Race sailed on Saturday.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Ainslie's Finn title campaign over
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Following today's incident with Ben Ainslie (GBR), a hearing was heard by the International Jury under Racing Rules of Sailing 69. Ben Ainslie's campaign for a sixth Finn World Championship title came to an end after he was disqualified for both of the day's two races today.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Do or die for US athletes
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - It was do or die in the fleet racing classes for US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics athletes competing in the Finn, Laser Radial and Men's 470 classes as well as Women's Match Racing today. Paige Railey, who turned in a 10-12 to hold onto her third place overall in the Laser Radial fleet, advances into the Medal Race on Sunday, Dec. 11.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships – 470 medal race teams confirmed
Luissa Smith,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships – Under a blue sky and one of the hottest days of the Championships so far, the 2011 470 World Championship title contenders, Medal Race teams and nineteen Olympic qualifying nations were confirmed. Perfect sailing conditions ranging between 12-17 knots were delivered by the Fremantle Doctor out on Success Course... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images from day 7 Perth 2011
Various Photographers,
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Photographers Richard Langdon, Paul Kane, and Alex McKinnon images from day seven of the action in Perth, Western Australia.... [more]
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