Olympic windsurfing gathers international support!

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 12 May 2012
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Olympic windsurfing gathers international support!

Last week, I expressed my amazement following the ISAF decision to remove windsurfing from the 2016 Brazil Olympic games; sounds like I am not the only one taken aback as petitions in support of the sport are now surfacing around the world. CYA's Paddy Boyd expressed his disappointment for all young Canadian sailors who have been hard at work on the International Windsurfing scene. It will be a long wait until the November 2012 ISAF Windsurfing and Kiteboarding meeting when further recommendations on the sport are expected; hopefully sufficient time though for support campaigns to make an impact.

It's a been a long 17 days at sea for the Volvo Ocean race fleet battling light winds to Miami. Congratulations to hometown hero PUMA who managed to fend off Camper in the final days drag race. Next leg will take the yachts some 3600 miles across the Atlantic to Lisbon, Portugal; start is set for next Sunday. Team Sanya will rejoin the fleet for Leg 7.

Speaking of Charleston, the South Carolina community hosted the Atlantic Cup offshore leg yesterday where 15 Class 40 yachts crossed the start line on their way to New York City; this is the largest number of Class 40 yachts to ever race in North America. Many entries are here from Europe as the get ready for the upcoming Transat Qu├ębec St-Malo in mid-July, which will take them back to Europe. We just heard that equipment failure has caused the mast to come down on British entry 40 Degrees, details in the story.

Toronto's Diane Reid and One Girl's Ocean Challenge will be on the UK Mini Fastnet 6.50 race start line tomorrow in Plymouth. Diane is finally back in racing mode having missing out on recent events because of autopilot challenges and having to modify her boat to meet new Class rules. The course for event is different from the traditional RORC Fastnet race as it will take competitors past Bishop Rock to the Fastnet Rock than north-east along the Irish coast into St. Georges Channel before returning to Plymouth. Check out the Yellowbrick tracker!

Olympic hopefuls Luke Ramsay and Mike Leigh are in Lisbon this week for the 470 World Championships; this is a qualifying event for the Summer Olympics and we wish them all the best!

All the best!

Guy Perrin
Sail-World Canada Managing Editor


40 Degrees breaks mast, Out of 1st Leg of The Atlantic Cup
Jeff Pomeroy,
40 Degrees had their cap shroud fail, which led to their mast breaking while departing the Charleston Harbor.... [more]
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ISAF decisions on Rio 2016 - Kiteboarding, NACRA 17 and Mackay FX
Paddy Boyd,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) confirmed the final event and equipment selections for the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition at their mid-year meeting in Italy this past weekend. Kiteboarding will replace windsurfing for the men's and women's board events, the Mackay FX, referred to as the 49er FX, will be used for the two person women's skiff and the Nacra 17 joins the Olympic... [more]
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470 World Championships - Opening Ceremony in Barcelona
470 World Championships,
The Opening Ceremony of the 2012 470 World Championship also marked the opening of the new Barcelona International Sailing Center that will showcase itself alongside the Championship. The ceremonies commenced with aerial acrobatics performed by artists from the company 'Oniric Event'. Gerard Esteva, President of the Catalan Sailing Federation, delivered the opening speech highlighting the... [more]
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Star Worlds - Scheidt and Prada emerge victorious
Iasonas Georgaris,
On the closing day of the 2012 Star Worlds, Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada became world champions following their hard fought battle with Percy and Simpson.... [more]
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Maserati ahead of Mari Cha IV record by 190 miles + Video
Meaghan Van Liew,
Giovanni Soldini and the Maderati crew are facing intense conditions, sailing through the floating icebergs of Newfoundland. At 12.36 GMT (08.36 EDT) the crew is flying at a speed of 23 knots, taking an advantage of 190 miles on Mari Cha IV, the 140 foot maxi yacht that set the New York-Lizard Point speed record in 2003.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma's Ken Read reflects on the race + Video
Ken Read,
Volvo Ocean Race - Skipper Ken Read reports from the USA after Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg sailed across the Leg 6 finish line in Miami, Fl, USA, in first place... [more]
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Rio 2016: The campaign to put windsurfing back in the Olympics
Rory Ramsden,
When the going gets tough, the tough get going! I may have been raw, sore and shell shocked when I got home from the ISAF Mid Year Meeting in Streza, Italy but a quick check on the web told me that I was not the only one. As I write, the petition inviting ISAF to review their decision is past 13800 subscribers and the Facebook Group set up by others has 16,000 followers and climbing.... [more]
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470 World Championships all set for Barcelona
Luissa Smith,
The 470 World Championships are set to take place from 12-19 June with 153 teams from 43 nations registered and battling for the World Championship success and Olympic dreams. As the second and final qualification event for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, this year's World Championship marks the last opportunity to secure nation slots, and for teams to make their mark and be selected for... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Spanish admit error and apologise to their windsurfers
Richard Gladwell,
The Royal Spanish Sailing Federation has issued a statement announcing that their representative, Gerardo Seeliger, voted against instructions at the Mid-Year Meeting of the ISAF. The vote between Kiteboarding and Windsurfing was 19-17 and had the Spanish Councillor-substitute voted according to what RFEV claim were his instructions, then the controversial vote would have been tied 18-18... [more]
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Star Worlds - Light and sunny penultimate day + Video
Iasonas Georgaris,
Day six of the Star Worlds in Hyeres, France, was one of ups and downs with Scheidt scoring a fifth while Percy came in 17th. Things are still open, so stay tuned!... [more]
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Slingsby wins fifth Laser World Championship
Australia's Tom Slingsby has won his fifth world Laser championship in Boltenhagen, Germany today. The 27-year-old Gosford NSW sailor secured the 2012 World Championship with a race to spare,... [more]
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Ben Ainslie to be first Torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has now confirmed that the first Torchbearer for the Olympic Torch Relay - presented by Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung - will be 3-time Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie CBE.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma claims second consecutive leg win + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
In Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, American skipper Ken Read led his Puma team to a second consecutive leg win on Wednesday, arriving on home soil in Miami triumphant following an epic 17-day match race with closest rivals Camper to confirm they are back in contention for overall victory.... [more]
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New Nexus RaceBOX tactical race software for recreational sailor
Tristan Campbell,
The new RaceBOX gives the competitive advantage of Nexus race software in an affordable, compact and robust package. Interfacing with Nexus instruments via the Nexus Network, the RaceBOX provides sailors with a plethora of analytical information to existing Nexus instruments. A micro-processor facilitates processing abilities that were only previously only available with a stand-alone computer.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma heads towards first turning mark + Video
Amory Ross,
Volvo Ocean Race, Day 17 of Leg 6. Amory Ross, MCM for Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg, reports on the crew's progress: I honestly wonder if I'll be writing another one of these this leg... 48 hours ago I would have guessed we'd finish sometime on Wednesday. 24 hours ago I would have told you we'd finish on Wednesday. 12 hours ago I would have even gone as far as to say 2 p.m., local time.... [more]
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Laser builder needs to move 250+ Lasers NOW!!
PSA Media,
After a very successful ISAF Perth 2011 Laser World Championships Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA) has more than 250 Lasers for sale. PSA General Manager Chris Caldecoat said today ‘These are one event old ISAF Worlds charter boats. Boats come on dolly, with top cover, mast bag, foil bag all new rigging...ready to race. Deals to be done anywhere!!... [more]
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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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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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Canadians gaining momentum at the 2012 Laser World Championships
Canadian Sailing Team,
Very shifty winds with lots of pressure changes made for an other challenging day at the Laser Worlds. A good first race for Chris Dold in blue fleet who finished 12th, same as Lee Parkhill in the yellow fleet. Lee came back from 21st at the first mark and made his gains on the first run. David Wright, also in yellow fleet, had a similar run to Lee moving from 22nd to 14th.... [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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