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 21 Aug 2012

Not everybody is going to agree with Dr Ben Tan's assessment of Sailing's Education System. His advocacy of a 'tough love' programme intended to encourage self-sufficiency among Singapore sailors probably raises as many questions as it provides answers. One point we would like to raise, though, is this: Singapore sailor Colin Cheng, who scored 15th in the Laser class at Weymouth, took a year out from his University studies and funded his own coaching. Is this a demonstration of the efficacy of 'tough love', or does it show that grit, dedication and determination can prevail even in the absence of a fully-supporting programme? Did Cheng succeed because of the system, or in spite of it?

We'll leave you to draw your own conclusions, but it is definitely worth reading.

The AC45 fast action is ramping up over in San Francisco, and down in Australia the annual Hamilton Island (popularly known as 'Hammo Week') bash is under way.

And - just for the amusement value - if you haven't yet seen the Irish sailing commentary video, then you really are missing out! Generally reckoned to be the best commentary to come out of the Olympics, this was a definite hit with the hard-boiled seen-it-all-heard-it-all cynics in the Weymouth Media Centre. Inspired!

Guy Nowell, Editor

Sailing's Education System
Dr Ben Tan, SingaporeSailing,
In 2002, following a disappointing outing at the Busan Asian Games (returning with no gold medals), SingaporeSailing convened a panel, which I had the privilege of chairing, to review our strategies. The Panel came up with the High Performance Sailing Strategic Plan (HPSSP). The HPSSP took a very systematic, clinical and prescriptive approach to fast-track a sailor's learning curve... [more]
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USA's 'Old Ironsides' sails again
ABC/Sail-World Cruising,
It put up only four sails, but it was the symbolism that counted. The U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship sailed under its own power for just the second time in more than a century Sunday to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname 'Old Ironsides'... [more]
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Dean's Diary: ACWS - Fast and furious becomes old hat in San Francisco
Dean Barker,
Dean Barker, Emirates Team NZ skipper and Director of Kiwi Yachting Consultants and Nexus AB, reports from San Francisco, USA from the America's Cup World Series: Again today the breeze was in and we spent much of our practice sailing with Artemis. It is amazing how quickly you become accustomed to the stronger wind conditions and it makes for some exciting sailing.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 - Hannah Mills to join Team Wales
Extreme Sailing Series,
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 is being held from 31st August to 2nd September 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. Olympic silver medallist and one half of the successful British 470 women's duo Hannah Mills, will be flying the Welsh flag as part of Team Wales, a wildcard entry for Act 5. Team Wales will bring the tally of boats on the start line up to nine when the Extreme Sailing Series makes its Welsh debut... [more]
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420 Junior European Championship title to Pirouelle and Sipan
Luissa Smith,
420 Junior European Championships 2012 final races for each of the gold, silver and bronze fleets were held on Friday 17 August in Riva, Italy. Affirming the spread of young talent in the 420 fleet, eight different nations placed in the top 10 in the open division and eight different nations were in the Ladies top 10.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45's drag racing on the City Front + Video
Ahead of the America's Cup World Series, Artemis Racing and Emirates Team NZ continued their practice racing off San Francisco ahead of the start of the America's Cup World Series. Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget was on hand to capture the action, along with Jeremy Leonard of Surf City Racing, shot and compiled this video of the action... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week day 3 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini images,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 day three images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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Top Class fleet for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media,
In just two weeks it will be the sixth annual SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week, which runs from August 30th to September 5th 2012. Entries for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2012 close on August 24th.... [more]
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Too big for the repair yard - Mirabella V
Des Ryan,
What happens when you own a boat that is too big to fit into the repair yards? The 75m Mirabella V may not be the longest yacht in the world now, but when the yacht with an 89m tall mast wanted British boat builder Pendennis to refit her, it was too big to fit their boatshed. This didn't faze Pendennis, used to pleasing clients - they simply blew a section out of the workshed wall... [more]
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Compulsory Viewing - The funniest sailing video ever!! Team,
A piece of 2012 Olympic sailing vision with an Irish commentary has become the hit of the Games amongst the sailing media contingent. This is the must watch!!... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Record breaking fleet set to compete
The 2012 Zhik Nautica Moth Worlds are set to take place from 19th-26th August with a record-breaking fleet of 125 Moths from 20 countries set to take to the waters of Lake Garda. A talent-filled lineup promises to deliver what could very well be the most exciting worlds ever. Only a fool will dare make a prediction about the top 10, let alone the winner with such a quantity of red-hot talent.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Notice of Race released
ISAF Nations Cup 2013 Notice of Race has been released. Middelfart in Denmark is set to host the Grand Final from 6-10 August 2013. Open and Women's match racers will compete in six Regional Finals from January to June 2013 ahead of the Grand Final with the first, North American and Caribbean, to be hosted in Bridgetown, Barbados from 30 January – 3 February.... [more]
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Cowes Week - Flying action in the Artemis Challenge
Lucy Harwood,
At Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the stage was set for record smashing conditions in the sixth edition of the Artemis Challenge. The two MOD70's racing didn't disappoint, Musandam-OmanSail and Fonica went flying off the start line immediately hitting 17 knots and excelling in the 20 knot conditions.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 August 2012
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 15 August 2012 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 19 September 2012.... [more]
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