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 14 Dec 2011

Sailing as a TV sport – the downside Ainslie's Rule 69

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 Championships, with a stadium course.

But television steps onto the field of play...

Yesterday, in the name of more exciting television, the ISAF contracted Sunset & Vine Broadcast TV boat twice powered down the run, following the Finn class race leader Pieter Jan Postma and putting significant wash on Ben Ainslie.

Ainslie was seen to be shouting at the driver both times and even shook his fist the second time.

Then post race, Britain's sailing superstar lost it completely. He sailed his Finn up to the video boat and stepped aboard to confront the driver and cameraman and there was, at the very least, vigorous discussion.

Ainslie is a fierce competitor and his temper is similar. His reaction to the behaviour of the ISAF contracted televison crew was very very regrettable. He should have sought redress and left it at that. He was rubbed out of the Worlds, but as we explain in our full article that might not be the end of matter.

The RYA is now in the spotlight as they have to address the matter of a suitable penalty.

Ben Ainslie of Great Britain walks thru Fishing Boat Harbour on day 8 during the Finn gold fleet race of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships on December 10, 2011 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Perth 2011)  Paul Kane

Australians Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page became 2011 470 Mens World Champions, on Sunday afternoon at Perth 2011, showing why they are hot favourites to win Olympic Gold in Weymouth next August. Sail-World talked to them after the medal race.

The Women's Match Racing is a marathon affair. One of the best known Olympic reporters asked what was happening on the WMR course commented ‘I think they finish before Christmas.'‘

Kenyan marathon legend Kip Keino said you always have to be careful, when you think you have the measure in an event, some unknown barefoot runner might come down out of the mountains.

In the Women's 470 class that starts tomorrow there is one crew that fits into that class, with an Olympic campaign just eight weeks old.

Watch out for a pair of unknowns Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell - we will be following them with interest.

Olympic selection trials certainly create some tension, two New Zealand rivals JP Tobin and Tom Ashley have just protested each other in the RS:X class.

And if you look at the image above of the British sailor who early took to the water heading back to his Finn, you can see why the sharks have been scared off!!

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Lake Como Italy for Vintage Yachting Games in 2012
Nancy Knudsen,
If you are going to be, or can arrange to be, anywhere near Italy's most beautiful of all lakes, Lake Como, next July, AND you love classic yachts, then you shouldn't miss the 2012 Vintage Yachting Games. There you will be able to see sailing boats such as the Europe, 12' Dinghy, O-Jolle, Flying Dutchman, Yngling, Tempest, Soling, Dragon and 5.5 Metre.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Match Racers qualify Australia
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Portugal's Rita Goncalves, Mariana Lobato and Diana Neves clinched the final Women's Match Racing London 2012 spot. After 80 flights and 320 Women's Match Races, it all boiled down to the last race of the Round Robins for the eighth and final spot.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships day 11
Perth ISAF Sailng World Championships,
The eleventh day of competition at the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth presented strong offshore winds during the afternoon that ranged 20 knots and more posing a challenge for sailors. There were ten capsizes in the 49er class and a withdrawal from competition from Star Olympic champions Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - World champion Iain Percy injured
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships eleventh day of racing was a mixed day for Britain's sailors, with some stand-out performances for some competing crews coupled with injury blows to others. The day started with the news that Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes had been forced to retire from the 49er event following a rib strain to Rhodes on Monday... [more]
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NZL Sailing Team: Womens Match Racers qualify NZ for 2012 Olympics
Kristine Lederis,
Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt have finished their match racing regatta today with an impressive ninth place overall. At the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, these three girls have qualified New Zealand a spot at the 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepare to battle Agulhas current
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, night is falling as the fleet prepares to do battle with the notorious Agulhas current. Thirty knot winds blowing against the direction of the current will whip 6-metre waves to a hurling mass. The battle will be significantly more difficult once it's dark.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Blue Water Classic - A feast of entertainment
Ian Grant,
Sport loving Queenslanders will have a feast of entertainment to watch after they celebrate the traditional Boxing Day lunch with family and friends. The colourful spectacle of the Rolex Sydney Hobart blue water classic start will be broadcast live on channel 7 while the Boxing Day test between Australia and India on channel 9 will no doubt provide the ‘arm chair admirals' with the perfect excuse... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Complex weather conditions
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR) - Complex weather conditions in the middle of the Indian Ocean between 40S and 50S are forcing some tough decisions in the double-handed, Class40 fleet. Furthest north, Phesheya-Racing and Financial Crisis have made painful tacks to the south-west, beating away from the path of a vicious low pressure system... [more]
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Commodores' Cup - Notice of Selection available online
Matt Carter,
Commodores' Cup 2012 - RYA are delighted to announce that the Notice of Selection for teams to represent RYA Team GBR has now been published and is available to view online. The event is one of the most prestigious events on the international yachting calendar culminating in a tough mix of inshore and offshore racing across a tense seven-day racing programme on the testing waters of the Solent... [more]
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Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta comes to Miami
Connie Bischoff,
While most kids look forward to the gifts left under the Christmas Tree or Chanukah Bush, youth sailors would prefer a trip to Miami, Florida for the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta. This year, the event, with registration on December 26 and racing from the 27th to the 30th, will attract 533 sailors age 8 to 18 from 23 states and 22 countries.... [more]
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Bullet for Canada!
Canadian Yachting Association,
The Doctor wasn't needed today, as a solid SSE system breeze and some localized showers brought plenty of breeze and with it a great degree of variety to the race courses. Winds again ranged from as little as 7 knots to upwards of 20 knots in the localized squalls. The variance in the breeze was to the liking of some and chagrin of others.... [more]
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Canadian fleets off to a strong start in week two!
Canadian Yachting Association,
The 'Doctor' took a break for today as the day began overcast with an offshore breeze. After a gentle start to the day the breeze slowly built topping out in the low twenties. Race one across the majority of courses was in a building breeze, starting in and about 10 knots and finishing up in the mid-teens. Race two was mid-teens to the low twenties depending on the course area you were on.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Australian Women's Match Racers secure Olympic Berth
Craig Heydon,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Australia's two Women's Match Racing crews have won their way through to the quarter-finals ensuring that the nation will have a team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The top eight nations at Perth 2011 will qualify for next year's Games with Australia's two crews going through to the quarter-finals in sixth and seventh position... [more]
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ISAF World Championships - New challenges at 49er Worlds
Jerelyn Biehl,
Perth 2011 ISAF World Championships continued with the second day of the 49er Worlds in Fremantle, Australia. After a rainy evening with thunderstorms and winds that wrecked havoc on the boat park, new fleet splits and a new course area brought new challenges.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Quiet onboard Puma's Mar Mostro
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 1 of Leg 2. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Victories are hard to come by out here. It's a long race and achievements go unnoticed, forgotten, or just plain lost in the mayhem. But they do happen, and when they do – however big or small – they deserve some recognition.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images
Various photographers,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships images from photographers Richard Langdon, Alex McKinnon and Paul Kane.... [more]
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Transat B to B - Gamesa remains in fifth
Emily Caroe,
Transat B to B - Fast downwind running conditions for Mike Golding on Gamesa this morning, 300 miles NW of the Azores, as the British skipper still lies fifth. 'We are charging along downwind, we are back up to full main and gennaker and it really is OK at the moment, conditions have been pretty up and down... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper snatches Leg 2 lead stalked by Puma
Volvo Ocean Race,
Camper have snatched the lead from Groupama and Puma have slipped into second place as a high intensity and high stakes game of cat and mouse is unfolding on Leg 2 as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet edge towards the Indian Ocean.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week – Not to be missed
Louay Habib,
The 45th Antigua Sailing Week is taking place at the end of April 2012 and plans are well under way to make the longest running Caribbean regatta an event not to be missed. The notice of race has been published and is available online.... [more]
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Gill Australia teams up with Yachting Queensland
Mainsheet Media,
Gill Australia is pleased to announce a newly formed relationship with Yachting Queensland.... [more]
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St. Maarten Heineken Regatta approaching fast
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta,
On March 1st the Gill Commodores Cup takes place and is a one day pre event for spinnaker classes only. On Friday March 2nd the main event begins - the 32nd edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Medal for Marine Rescue advocate
Ken McManus,
Peter Phillipson ESM has been awarded a NSW Maritime Medal in recognition of his long service to the boating community.... [more]
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New Zealand qualifies for 2012 Olympic place in Womens Match Racing
The New Zealand crew of Stephanie Hazard, Jenna Hansen and Susannah Pyatt have qualified New Zealand for the 2012 Olympics in the Womens Match Racing event, being sailed at the ISAF World Sailing Championships in Fremantle. The young crew finished as sixth qualifier out of the eight to be chosen at the ISAF Worlds.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Just six minutes in it
Heather Ewing,
Visit Finland has denied the home favourite, Gold Coast Australia, their sixth consecutive victory and a coveted home port win in the Clipper 11-12 Round the World Yacht Race. For Tasmanian skipper, Richard Hewson and the crew of Gold Coast Australia, the arrival in their home port is bitter sweet.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show reduces rates and adds options for 2012
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Brands and marketers from the boating and marine lifestyle sectors now have four very good reasons to get their applications in to reserve space for the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Medal recipients announced
Lance Northey,
Today, three individuals and a single group were awarded the highest of accolades in the State maritime community with the presentation of the Maritime Medal. NSW Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said of the four that had been judged as having made outstanding and sustained contributions to the maritime community, two hailed from Ballina, one from Port Stephens and one from Sydney.... [more]
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Dugong protection sparks rule changes
The Dugong populations off Townsville will benefit from changes to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park regulations on commercial net fishing, which will become effective from today. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said Burdekin commercial fishers proposed the changes to the Species Conservation Area... [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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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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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 leads
Sophie Luther,
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet remain snugly bunched at 1900 UTC this evening with no clear strategy at this stage of the 5,430 nautical mile second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. The choice to break from the pack and take the low road to the south has yet to be taken, and as always, the weather gods remain in control.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Fleet has to make a decisive decision on route
Volvo Ocean Race,
Frustrated by light winds and adverse currents on the opening night of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi, the six-boat fleet will soon face the critical choice between a southerly or easterly route around the tip of Africa. After making a high-speed exit from Cape Town, led by Ian Walker's Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the fleet ground to a halt on the first night after missing the chance to pick up an... [more]
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NZ Sailing Team: Momentum builds for second wave of competitors
Kristine Lederis and Sail-World,
The second wave of NZ sailors started their World Championship crusade Monday in stormy conditions off Fremantle, Western Australia. The Men's RS:X, 49er, Laser and Women's 470 had their first races of the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships today.... [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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Transat B to B - Severe weather conditions expected
Gamesa Sailing Team,
Transat B to B race from St Barthélemy to Lorient in Brittany is now in its second week of racing. Early this afternoon Gamesa skipper, Mike Golding, and his seven rivals settled in to deal with a big winter storm which is set to pass through the north Atlantic. With severe gale force winds expected and huge seas, the French race organisers have signalled a change of course... [more]
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Global Ocean Race – Frustrating conditions
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race - As the double-handed Class40s entered the most remote sector of the Indian Ocean and crossed the leg two Celox Sailing Scoring Gate north of Kerguelen Island, a cold front swept through the fleet bringing the long period of reaching on port tack to an abrupt end.... [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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Discover Tasmania: Fishing around the island state
Carl Hyland,
So it's nearly Christmas and you have holidays? Well there is no excuse, you have to get on board the Spirit Of Tasmania and come visit us down here in the Apple Isle. The fishing at this time of the year is sensational, everything is blooming and of course, we have the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race at the New Year.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Percy and Simpson retain early lead
Lindsey Bell,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Olympic Champions and defending world titleholders Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson retained their early lead in Fremantle, Australia with another solid display in the Star keelboat class on Monday... [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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'New Era' as Indonesia welcomes yachts up to three years
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Could it become as popular as Thailand? A meeting between a superyacht organisation and an Indonesian Head of Customs confirms the willingness of Indonesia to welcome cruising yachts to their country, which has long been infamous for expense and bureaucratic difficulty to obtain permission to cruise the extraordinary coastline.... [more]
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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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