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Races, long and short—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

The One Design world is alight with news from the 2011 Perth ISAF Sailing World Championships, which is currently taking place in western Australia. While some classes have already concluded their medal races, competition is still red-hot in the Lasers, 49ers, Men's RS:X, Women's 470 and Star (which finishes today- with Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih tracking towards a Silver medal.) All medal races will be concluded by the end of the day Sunday, so expect a lot of coverage in the next few days.

Anna Tunnicliffe, Deborah Capozzi and Molly Vandemoer, Women's match racing off Fremantle, Australia.  Richard Langdon /Ocean Images ©

While US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics sailors have enjoyed a strong showing at this world-class event, much attention was focused yesterday on the Women's Match Racing event, where American Anna Tunnicliffe and her teammates took the Gold Medal. Sail-World talked to Anna yesterday.

Laser Men's Tom Slingsby at the top mark - Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships  Alex McKinnon

Also Perth-related, check out Rob Kothe's piece on three-time Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby, who is aiming to rack up a staggering fourth Laser world title this Sunday. But first up for Slingsby and all other Laser competitors is Saturday's Laser Gold fleet race in the next few hours . 'It will be one more day of tricky Gold fleet sailing close to shore. I just need one good one on Saturday. I just have to keep myself clear and sail my own race. Up front would be preferable.'

Offshore, fickle weather conditions are proving to be fine opponents for the navigators racing in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'We've been attempting to push through a frontal system to our east, but every time we get close, the weather changes, the wind dies, and back we fall into stronger winds to the west,' reported Puma Ocean Racing Media Crew Member, Amory Ross. 'Then our boat speeds re-ignite, we reset our hopes and try again until the wind dies and the sluggish process repeats. All day long it's been like that, and it's downright infuriating.'

Meanwhile, Loïck Peyron and his Banque Populaire team are still sailing fast (and south) in their attempt to set a new Jules Verne Trophy record for the fastest elapsed time around the planet. 'Few if any sailing boats would ever come here,' reported crewmember Brian Thompson of the team's position. 'Round-the-world races now have mandatory ice gates, and so it's really only a Jules Verne attempt, that has no limits, that would come here.' As for conditions, Thompson reports that the team has had no lack of breeze, with more in their future. Get the full scoop, inside.

Sam Goodchild catches a white one mid-sail change as speeds increase for the fleet leaders - Global Ocean Race 2011-12  Cessna Citation

To the north of Banque Populaire but also in the Southern Ocean, the six-strong fleet of Class 40s that are competing in the Global Ocean Race continue to get bashed and battered by a persistent low-pressure system that's blowing from the east. Currently, Cessna Citation and BSL lead the fleet, but these pacesetters are no doubt experiencing plenty of pressure from astern. Get the latest news, inside.

And finally, spend some time scrolling through the latest image gallery from the ISAF Worlds, compliments of ace shooters Richard Langdon and Alex McKinnon

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Television coverage of Olympic Sailing - a way forward
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
There is no place for having power boats pulling wake in the middle of an Olympic sailing course, any more than there is for having cameraman on the field in a game of football, or driving in cars ahead of the athletes in the Olympic stadium.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - USA's Tunnicliffe Women's Match Racing World Champion
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The toughest match racing contest in sailing history finished at Perth 2011 this afternoon. 29 Womens match racing teams from around the world competed in some 440 matches over 13 days.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper and Puma take the lead at the end of Day 4
Camper sailed by Emirates Team NZ and Puma Ocean Racing are now joint leaders of the Volvo Ocean Race. The two yachts seem to have picked the optimum track to break through into fresher breezes. Currently they are sailing at around 13kts in 18kts of breeze, as the other boats get in behind.... [more]
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Pressure mounts in the Volvo Ocean Race
Sophie Luther,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, many described the weather situation earlier in the day as the ‘nightmare zone' but, for navigator Andrew Cape, he kept a cool, calm, and collected demeanor as it was just another day at the office on board the Leg 2 and overall leader Telefonica skippered by Iker Martinez (ESP).... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Southern Ocean bares its teeth
Oliver Dewar,
The Global Ocean Race fleet have been at sea on a journey that has reached 17 days and a distance of 4,000 miles of hard racing. They are now set to undergo the toughest sailing so far in Leg 2 from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand as the Southern Ocean bares its teeth.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Tunnicliffe and team take title
Anna Tunnicliffe,
Anna Tunnicliffe, Molly Vandemoer, and Debbie Capozzi who together make up Team Maclaren, today took first place in Women's Match Racing at the ISAF Sailing World Championship in Perth, Australia. Anna Tunnicliffe now brings us up to date on their thrilling victory over Team Macgregor, GBR.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - 49ers down to the last day
Jerelyn Biehl,
At the 49er Worlds, taking place as a part of the ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth, Australia, competitors are beginning to pour it on as points get tighter at the top. Sailors John Pink and Rick Peacock have managed to retain their lead by sailing a consistent series despite tricky conditions.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - US Women Match Racers take title
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Anna Tunnicliffe's Team Maclaren of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi won the Women's Match Racing after defeating Lucy MacGregor (GBR) in four straight matches. 'We're really excited right now,' said Tunnicliffe moments after getting onshore from the racecourse.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: In search of the pot of gold
Volvo Ocean Race,
They're the most easterly boat in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet – but Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson says his crew haven't yet found the ‘pot of gold' waiting for them on the other side of a weather front. A band of low pressure currently blocks the path east for all six teams, slowing their progress and keeping them at bay from the northerly winds... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Waiting game continues 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: The waiting game continues for us and everyone else. It's a strange life we live out here now, pushing the boat east before an eventual 'green light' from Tom [Addis].... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Time for Puma's Mar Mostro to get lucky
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Ken Read, Skipper of Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg reports on the crew's progress: Writing to you aboard the racing yacht Puma's Mar Mostro, happy to report that we are still racing! No more reports of cows or golf or ships for a while. As I had sincerely hoped, just a simple report on sailboat racing.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ trial two wingsails on SL33's
Ben Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ was out on the Hauraki Gulf today, trialling with their two SL-33's - with both running wingsails. Sail-World's cameras were on hand to catch the action from various points around the Waitemata Harbour and Viaduct Basin... [more]
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CCA Newport Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Seminar registration now open
John Rousmaniere,
The Cruising Club of America – Newport Bermuda Race Safety at Sea Seminar will offer an expanded curriculum from 17-18 March 2012 at Newport, Rhode Island's Hyatt Regency Hotel. The registration is now open and all sailors, skippers, and crews are invited to attend.... [more]
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Perth 2011 - Triple Laser World Champion enjoys Grandstand view
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team,
This Sunday Tom Slingsby, Triple Laser World Champion and 2010 World Sailor of the Year is aiming to take his fourth Laser World Championship at Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships, as part of his journey to the London 2012 Olympics.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships -Latest images
Richard Langdon and Alex McKinnon,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships -action images from photographers Richard Langdon and Alex McKinnon.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Championships - US Match Race girls in finals
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing continued in the gold fleets for Laser, Men's RS:X, and 49er classes, while it was a lay day for the Women's 470 and Star classes. Anna Tunnicliffe's Team Maclaren of Molly Vandemoer and Debbie Capozzi advanced to the Women's Match Racing Final match after defeating Ekaterina Skudina (RUS) in the semi finals.... [more]
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Get your Kaenons for Christmas and the holidays
Kaenon Polarized advises that just in time for the holidays, styles from their new Anniversary Collection like Hard Kore JM10, Soft Kore Matte Black, Eden Honeysuckle, Gauge Pinstripe, Trade Matte Tobacco, Burnet Black/Clear and the limited edition Delite Tortoise N'Cream are now in stock! Buy in store or online for Christmas and the holidays... [more]
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America's Cup: Chris Draper makes surprise exit from Team Korea
Cliff Webb and Sail-World,
Team Korea have announced that their skipper, Chris Draper (GBR) will leave the team. The reasons for Draper's exit are not revealed in the announcement by the team. Draper is a twice world champion in the 49er class, the Olympic skiff, and also won a Bronze medal in the same event at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.... [more]
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Transat B to B - François Gabart takes victory
Transat B to B,
Scorching across the finish line (safety gate offshore of Spain) at 23 h 11 min 30 sec, this Wednesday 14 December, François Gabart on Macif takes victory in the Transat B to B 2011... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Great sailing for Banque Populaire V
Brian Thompson,
It is now day 21 in the Jules Verne Trophy for the crew of Maxi trimaran Banque Populaire V. Brian Thompson on progress to date - 'Going upwind at 57S is going to bring some impressive wind chill numbers! Water was at 2C a few hours ago and is now at 5C. We are at the Latitude of Aberdeen in Scotland and Juneau in Alaska.'... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships day 12
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships,
At the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Western Australia, light winds hampered competition on day 12 with sailors' patience and skill being put to the test amid top wind speeds of 16 knots. Sailors competing in the Women's Match Racing quickly put their frustrating wait for a breeze behind them as they moved courses to fight their way through the knockout quarterfinals.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships day 12 images
Various photographers,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships day twelve images from photographers Richard Langdon, Alex McKinnon and Paul Kane.... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - US qualifies in 49er
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing in the qualifying series continued for Laser, Women's 470, Men's RS:X, 49er and Star classes. After prolonged postponements while waiting for wind, racing got off by late afternoon in shifty, light wind.... [more]
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USA's Genny Tulloch called Doctor at Perth 2011 Women's Match Racing
Shauna McGee Kinney,
Genny Tulloch, skipper of the second USA Women's Match Racing team called for the ‘Fremantle Doctor', but the doctor was not doing house calls.... [more]
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Cal 20 Fun Run in Long Beach
Rick Roberts,
The Cal 20 Fun Run is an event known for its casual approach and fun on the water and on Saturday at the Long Beach Yacht Club, the local team of Keith Ives and Chuck Stevens dominated the event with three first place finishes and a margin of seven points ahead of second.... [more]
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RORC Caribbean 600 preview
Trish Jenkins,
The RORC Caribbean 600 fourth edition looks set to stage a David versus Goliath battle in just over two months with a number of superyachts keen to do battle with each other whilst circumnavigating 11 Caribbean Islands, starting and finishing in Antigua. Those superyachts entered so far range from 35m (114ft) to 66m (216ft) and will make an impressive sight as they line up for the start.... [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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ISAF Sailing World Championships - Storck and Moore on top form
Dana Paxton,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships fleet racing hit its stride on Tuesday. With a set of significant thunderstorms rolling through overnight, conditions on the course were moderate, shifty and, at times, rain-covered. US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics' top performers included: Erik Storck and Trevor Moore, second overall, in the 49er... [more]
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