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09 May 2012

WMR reps decided—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond

'The US Olympic Trials is the hardest regatta to do in the world,' said Tunnicliffe, who already has an Olympic gold medal to her credit. 'Our team, Team Tulloch and [Team 7 Match Race] are three of the top 10 world teams,' said Tunnicliffe. 'Coming into the Games, we knew that whichever team won here is going to the Olympics and is going to win gold.' Get the full report, inside.

Skipper Ken Read on the helm. Onboard PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA. (Credit: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race)  Amory Ross/Puma Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race©

Meanwhile, in offshore news, the fight for line honors in Leg Six of the fully crewed, non-stop around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race is intense as Puma Ocean Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand (ENTZ), Telefonica and Groupama are all tightly clustered, despite the fact that the fleet has now been sailing for weeks. At the time of this writing, Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro continued to lead the pack by a narrow margin over ENTZ after sailing an impeccable race, with just over 200 miles of tactically challenging, light-air sailing to go until the Miami finishing line. 'Battles on the ocean are hard,' reports Mar Mostro's skipper, Ken Read. 'Especially in super light air like what we have had out here the last few days. The chess match is long and painful and very often has stops and starts that stretch-out the agony. We are amongst it with Camper at this stage and there is a lot of runway left and tons of potholes along the way.'

Check out the full VOR report in this issue, and be sure to follow the website for the latest news as the fleet presses towards the Sunshine State.

Star Worlds 2012  Pierrick Contin ©

Action is also hot at the ongoing Star Worlds, which are being held in Hyeres, France, the Laser Worlds, which are being held in Boltenhagen, Germany, as well as the 49er Worlds, which are taking place in Zadar, Croatia—be sure to check out the multimedia reports from these events, inside.
Slingsby on the start line in Germany - Laser World Championships 2012  Nils Bergmann - Segelaction.de

Teams competing in the Clipper Around the World Yacht Race recently transited the Panama Canal and are now in the Atlantic Ocean, and—also on the east coast—teams competing in the upcoming Newport-Bermuda Race are working hard to get certain documents in order for the May 15 deadline.

And finally, in industry news, Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the longtime Laser manufacturer for the Asia-Pacific market, has—with ISAF's blessing— acquired the Copyright and worldwide building and marketing rights to the one-person Byte and Byte CII dinghy from its designer and builder, Ian Bruce (now 78). 'I have built a great many boats of many kinds in my life time and have decided that I am really not needed to build any more!' reported Bruce. ‘I am delighted that the Byte is going into the Laser family, from whence it sprang, as PSA will do more with the boat and for the Class than I was ever able to do.'

VIM Sailing is the Bytes CII new North American manufacturer and distributor as we reported a few weeks ago, all part of the PSA changes afoot. And the Byte CII will be the new boat for some key US Sailing's event. Get the full story, inside.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Star Worlds - Success for Percy on day 5 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
On day five of the 2012 Star Worlds, another race resulted in Ian Percy scoring yet another bullet with Scheidt now in second and the Irish in third. Nearing the end, it is clear that anything can happen in the final two races.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - The long and painful chess match + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 6 day 16. Skipper Ken Read reports from onboard Puma's Mar Mostro: Battles on the ocean are hard. Especially in super light air like what we have had out here the last few days. The chess match is long and painful and very often has stops and starts that stretch out the agony.... [more]
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Newport Bermuda Race - The mad dash to make the deadline
Talbot Wilson,
With the start of the 48th biennial Newport Bermuda Race just over over a month away, skippers and crews of the 170+ entries are certainly busy making preparations for their 635-mile ocean adventure. Boats are getting their final safety checks by the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee (BROC) volunteer inspectors.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Keeping Puma on their toes
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the Leg 6 finish line is almost in view, just 223 tortuous nautical miles left to run, but first, leg leader Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, skippered by American Ken Read, must reach the Bahamas' Eleuthera Island Light, 32 nm ahead, in first place.... [more]
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PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup - Day 4 concludes without racing
PWA World Tour,
On day four of the PWA Ulsan Korea World Cup, the morning started with barely a breath of wind and scorching temperatures, which proved to be a stark contrast to the afternoon. The hazy sunshine was gradually replaced by mist and cloudy skies, which brought a rapid drop in the temperature. The wind however continued to tease for the second day in a row... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds Youth and Mens 2012 – NOR and online entry NOW
Laser Radial Youth & Mens World Championship media,
The 2012 Laser Masters Worlds was sailed out of Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in Brisbane Australia in March and there are two more Laser Class World Championships scheduled for the same venue. World Laser Radial Youth Championship 2012 - Thu 28th June - Wed fourth World Laser Radial Men's Championship 2012 - Wed 11th July - Tue 17th July... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Transit of Panama Canal underway
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,
In the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the first group of yachts began their transit of the Panama Canal this morning. Gold Coast Australia, Welcome to Yorkshire, Visit Finland and Geraldton Western Australia left the marina at 0500 local time to begin their transit.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Less than two days to a vital finish
Sail-World and Volvo Ocean Race,
Telefónica were preparing to lock horns with arch-rivals Groupama once again as the race to claim a podium position in Leg 6 begins to firm.. Iker Martínez's crew could only watch as Groupama stole third place off them yesterday thanks to a cunning move to the inside of a Caribbean archipelago that took the French team into better breeze.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Casey Smith to reunite with Puma team
Tracey Johnstone,
For Volvo Ocean Race Puma bowman and Mooloolaba YC sailor, Casey Smith, sitting on the sidelines in Newport is a tough call. Relegated to the sick list on arrival in Brazil after suffering a reoccurrence of an earlier back injury which saw him confined to his bunk with debilitating pain for the early part of the 6,705 mile southern ocean leg, Smith has been receiving intensive treatment in America... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma hangs on to small lead
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 16 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing, reports on the crew's progress: There was very little about yesterday that was easy, except maybe the sunburn. As forecasted, the winds quickly perished after sunrise making life more difficult than not, and we spent almost all day drifting around a small chain of Bahamian islands under the spell of high pressure.... [more]
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Laser manufacturer acquires Byte CII single-handed dinghy
Byte Class Association,
The long time Asia-Pacific Laser manufacturer Performance Sailcraft Australasia (PSA) has, after receiving permission from ISAF, acquired the Copyright and worldwide building and marketing rights to the single handed Byte and Byte CII dinghy from its designer and builder, Canadian Ian Bruce.... [more]
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49er World Championships day 1
Jerelyn Biehl,
On the opening day of the 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia, evening showers broke to a cloudy day with light winds keeping anxious sailors onshore. After a few hours, the race committee released the sailors for three races each in the three qualifying flights. With varying and shifting winds that eventually settled into a nice afternoon seabreeze of 8-11 knots, the 74 boats took turns... [more]
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Star Worlds - Wind arrives on day 4 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
On day four of the 2012 Star Worlds, there were medium to strong winds of 18 knots and tough battles between the competitors. The duo of Percy and Simpson, after a great run, are the leaders of the championship.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Radical moves in the fight for line honours
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, the breeze is dropping, the fleet has split and the lead that Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA)'s have in Leg 6 is seriously under threat; all within a fraction over 400 nautical miles of the leg finish in Miami.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race - Final arrivals in Panama
Clipper Round the World Race,
In the Clipper Round the World Race 11-12, the 10 strong fleet of ocean racing yachts is now complete after the final arrivals in Panama. Edinburgh Inspiring Capital, Singapore and New York arrived last night while Qingdao, Derry-Londonderry and De Lage Landen arrived this morning under the bright Panama sun.... [more]
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Kiteboarding: Branson to attempt Channel crossing for Olympic decision
Sir Richard Branson, one of the IKAs Olympic Ambassadors and supporters from the very first minute added: 'Well we all flew a kite to get kiteboarding in to the Olympics and unbelievably the kite has landed in Rio ! Kiteboarding is now an Olympic sport! To celebrate this, myself, my family and a few friends will this week attempt to kite across the English Channel to show off the beauty of kite-su... [more]
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Star Worlds - Light winds and suspense on day 3 + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
At the 2012 Star Worlds in Hyeres, once again the wind was too light. However, there was lot of suspense in the one and only race with Robert Scheidt losing the lead a few meters before finishing.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboarding ousts Windsurfer for 2016
In a completely unexpected move, the ISAF Council has voted to have Kiteboarding as an Olympic Event for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: NACRA17 chosen as the Mixed Multihull class for 2016
On the second day of its Mid-Year meeting in Sestra, Italy, the ISAF Council have voted in favour of the NACRA17 being the class/equipment for the new Mixed Multihull event to be sailed at the 2016 Olympics. The Council vote was decisive at 20 votes to 15 - an improvement over the Events Committee where the NACRA17 only made it as preferred boat by virtue of the Chairman, Chris Atkins' casting... [more]
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