Sail-World New Zealand: July 28, 2012 - Optimist Worlds conclude...Kiwi leads in OK Worlds...America's Cup - Team Korea

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 28 Jul 2012

Sail-World New Zealand: July 28, 2012

Portland, Weymouth - 2012 Olympic Venue  Craig Heydon
For the past 48 hours or so we have been en route to Weymouth, and this editorial is being written at 3.00am as we try unsuccessfully to get our body clocks adjusted.

The weather in UK yesterday, was good, a bit foggy at Heathrow, but we had a great trip here via Emirates, and arrived feeling pretty good all things considering. The aircraft was packed for the final haul out of Dubai - surprisingly not a lot seemed to be heading for the Olympics.

The connection from Heathrow to Weymouth - also went reasonably well – a short bus ride to connect with a train, and onto Weymouth. Which was a lovely trip though the southern English countryside on a lovely English summer's day.

The train was on time – aside for a small time loss when someone grabbed the emergency pull.

Contrary to what seems to be put over the daily media, the English public don't seem to have caught the Olympic fever. Outside the environs of Heathrow there was little evidence that there is an Olympics underway. But the papers are full of it.

At Weymouth, which for those who haven't been to the old English town, it is just that. Full of meandering streets, old very quaint buildings, and really has the wow factor as an Olympic village, because of its ambiance and history. No new buildings in the town itself, just a bit of signage.

Solent inshore race - Commodores Cup - English sailing at its best.  Richard Hampson ©

It's a big contrast with Qingdao, four years ago, where the place was a construction site, not at the regatta venue, but surrounding streets, with massive tower blocks being built, and many of the existing buildings being draped from top to bottom with massive sailing murals. A little artificial maybe, but you were in no doubt that there was a sailing regatta happening.

Here the most notable outward sign of an event, is an army of volunteers all in pink high-viz jackets.

The Tent City - 2012 Olympic Sailing venue, Weymouth  Craig Heydon

We spent about 30 minutes at the media centre yesterday. It is not Qingdao – being a large temporary building – a white plastic tent. And not the magnificent two level complex at Qingdao, which later became their yacht club.

The security is being implemented, with plenty of army and police – who are doing an exceptional job – and are very helpful (and most importantly are accurate with the information they have). Another contrast to Qingdao, where the army and police were a jumpy, unsmiling bunch, who of course only spoke Chinese. But they had a job to do, and did it very well.

Twist! - PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup 2012  © John Carter / PWA

Contrary to what we were told, there is plenty of accommodation available, including one great English pub just a mile from the regatta venue (which is as close as you can get) with refurbished rooms available at UKP30 per person per night – and a great ambiance inside as well.

The big issue here, is the weather. Yesterday it was great with a warm offshore breeze, flat water and blue skies.

But the other extreme with plenty of rain, will be challenging.

Svendsen leads Wilcox and Myralf - OK Dinghy World Championship 2012  Bo Svensmark

In other sailing news, we have reports from the World OK Championships, in Denmark, New Zealand's Greg Wilcox is leading on the penultimate day of the regatta, by a narrow margin. We'll be continuing the coverage of the final day – so stay tuned to

NZL4374 Isaac McHardie - 2012 Optimist World, the Dominican Republic  John Adair

The World Optimist Championships have concluded in the Dominican Republic, with New Zealand's Tim Adair being the top placed New Zealander in 26th overall. His dad, John Adair has been reporting for Sail-World from the regatta, and we have a final report in this edition.

Alex Thomson smashes single-handed monohull transatlantic record on Hugo Boss  Alex Thomson Racing - copyright
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Richard Gladwell
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Alan Sefton,
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America's Cup: Team Korea seeking to sign major sponsors for Challenge
Richard Gladwell,
Team Korea is still on the search for major sponsors for its bid for the 34th America's Cup. Team Design and Technical Director, Brett Bakewell-White told Sail-World today that providing the sponsorship is in place they intend to start building at the end of August. Just over a month ago the team paid the USD200,000 entry fee for the America's Cup Regatta, becoming the fourth Challenger.... [more]
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Yamaha's new 18ft skiff launched into the NZ fleet
Graham Catley,
Yamaha's new 18ft skiff has been launched into the NZ fleet now making up 10 high performance boats sailing out of The Auckland Sailing Club. Yamaha is the third new boat to be launched in the past 12 months in addition to Maersk Line (Graham Catley) and C-Tech (Alex Vallings).... [more]
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Governor's Cup win to New Zealand crew
Nancy Mellon,
The 46th Governor's Cup International Youth Match Racing Championship featured many of the very best youth (under 21) match racers from around the world.... [more]
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Kite Slalom European Championships day 2 + Video
Jason Georgaris,
On day 2 of the 2012 Kite Slalom European Championships in Gizzeria, Italy, another four rounds of exciting slalom racing were completed... [more]
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Alex Thomson smashes single-handed monohull transatlantic record
Alex Thomson Racing,
Alex set sail from New York on July 17th at 19.09GMT to cover 2800 nautical miles in a quest to break the record for what is officially known as the ‘West to East Ambrose Lighthouse to Lizard Point Under 60ft Single-Handed Monohull Record, Male'.... [more]
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Commodores' Cup - Dramatic action Round the Isle of Wight
Trish Jenkins,
Commodores' Cup race management today bravely pushed forth with the scheduled course anti-clockwise around the Isle of Wight. The seven teams in this international event for amateur crews got their money's worth. The race proved to be one of the most dramatic laps of the Isle of the Wight we have followed, including some monstrous snakes and ladders.... [more]
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PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Sky high action on day 7
Chris Yates,
Day two of the freestyle contest at the PWA Sotavento Fuerteventura World Cup saw the wind arrive much earlier than yesterday, which enabled the men and women's single eliminations to be completed. The competition resumed shortly after 2pm and the level was sky high as the world's best freestylers pushed each other to the limits, new moves were tried, some were landed and some failed.... [more]
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2012 Optimist World Championships - Teams Racing Day 2
John Adair,
The absence of rain, thunder and lightening allowed a full day of teams racing to conclude at the 2012 Optimist Worlds being sailed in the Domican Republic. Winds were around 8-9 knots, swinging to the right as the day progressed as is typical here.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship - Wilcox holds onto the lead + Video
Robert Deaves,
On the penultimate day of the OK Dinghy World Championship, a collective sigh of relief could be heard at Vallensbaek Sailing Club in Denmark as two more races were added to make it a valid series despite continuing light winds. Greg Wilcox (NZL) continues to lead, but now by just one point, while race wins went to Rüdiger Prinz (GER) and Jørgen Svendsen (DEN).... [more]
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29er World Championship - Close sailing on penultimate day
Jerelyn Biehl,
On the penultimate day of the 29er World Championships, the patience of the lighter air earlier this week was rewarded with a beautiful un-forecasted breeze for the fleet with 13 knots. The 216 29ers were flying around the race track as the Race Committee was able to manage three races per fleet for all.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: July 27, 2012 - KIWI above 0.8100
Collinson FX,
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Optimist World Championship - Yokoyama victorious + Video
John Adair,
After leading for most of the Optimist World Championship, Yukie Yokoyama won the title today, ahead of her team mate Samuel Neo Jiun Jie. After yesterday's results, they were separated by just one point and today, they were sailing in different divisions so they both knew that they needed to win each race to have a chance of becoming champion.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship - Wilcox takes the lead + Video
Robert Deaves,
The 145 sailors at the 2012 OK Dinghy World Championship in Vallensbaek, Denmark again had a frustrating day waiting on shore for the breeze to materialise. Eventually, the fleet was sent out around 16.30 for one race in very light winds. Greg Wilcox (NZL) led at every mark to win the Fisher Cup and take the overall lead after three races.... [more]
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Commodores' Cup day 5 - Tight competition on Hayling Bay
Trish Jenkins,
Two thirds of the way into the Commodores' Cup and still it remains very tight between the seven international - three boat teams taking part. After five days of competition, this is the first day the lead hasn't changed - with RYA Team GBR Black ahead on day one, France pulling into the lead after the offshore race and RYA Team GBR Red edging ahead yesterday.... [more]
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Images of the Commodores Cup - Solent inshore race
Richard Hampson,
British photographer Richard Hampson was on the Solent for the Commodores Cup and Superyacht Cup and presents this gallery of images from the Solent inshore race... [more]
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Optimist World Championships Day 8, Dominican Republic
John Adair,
Yesterday's lay day was cancelled and instead a full day of fleet racing was planned, at the World Optimist Championships. With two flights of race 5 to be completed first, the race committee intended to use the day to catch up with races 6 and 7 as well. Despite sufficient persistent wind (6-8 knots) and decent sailing conditions, the race committee were plagued with problems with moving marks... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship - Danish heatwave halts racing
Robert Deaves,
On the second day of the 50th OK Dinghy World Championship in Vallensbaek, a Danish heatweave meant that both the sailors and the wind would have a holiday. After a long delay ashore, the fleet was sent out in the early afternoon - only to wait afloat while what wind there was died again and were then sent in with no more races on the scorecard.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship – Fierce battles on Day 8 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
Optimist World Championship 2012 sixth day of fleet racing in Santo Domingo finds the Singaporeans dominating in both boys and girls categories. The young Dutch Bart Lambriex is fifth with three Americans in top 10. The day started with a light breeze and the four groups sailed two races each. The weather was shifty and the battles were fierce.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère DCNS - First sea trials in USA
l'Hydroptère DCNS,
l'Hydroptère DCNS has carried out her first sea trials in the United States. The flying trimaran initially put in some tacks offshore of Long Beach before heading towards Catalina Island.... [more]
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Images of the Commodores Cup
Richard Hampson,
British photographer Richard Hampson was on the Solent for the Commodores Cup and Superyacht Cup and presents this gallery of images from the day's racing... [more]
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Optimist World Championship - Tough Day 7 + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
On Optimist World Championship 2012 seventh day of racing only one race was completed for the two groups out of four. The Singaporeans are now leading in both men's and women's fleet. The day would be remembered as a tough one, for the race committee that could not set up the race course, and for the sailors that had to wait for six hours with half of them without even racing.... [more]
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Neil Pryde talks about kitesurfing, boat size, and 46-footers
Sail-World Asia,
Over the last 28 years, without a doubt Neil Pryde has been the most successful as well as the most prolific competitive big boat sailor in Asia. Consider the roll call since he started racing with Ray Banham on the Castro 36 Sunstreaker in 1983 (Pryde supplied the sails, and drove). In fact, he has collected 49 regatta trophies in that space of time.... [more]
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OK Dinghy World Championship - Glorious conditions on opening day
Robert Deaves,
OK Dinghy World Championship 50th edition has been officially opened at Vallensbaek Sailing Club in Denmark in near perfect conditions. Earlier Robert Deaves (GBR) won the practice race from 146 entries, making it the largest OK Dinghy World Championship of all time.... [more]
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Optimist World Championship - Team Racing final day + Video
Michalis Pateniotis,
The Optimist World Championship 2012 final day of Team Racing was held in Santo Domingo today and the hit was on! The top 16 teams of the world, having qualified from yesterday's races, would give it all in order to claim the prestigious Trophy.... [more]
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J-Class 100 Guinea Cup images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery images,
J-Class 100 Guinea Cup images by photographer Ingrid Abery... [more]
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