Big Boats Series report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
The annual Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, is easily one of the country's best regattas, and this year's event didn't disappoint. Racecourse conditions tested each crew's breeze-on acumen and the talent-rife fleet ensured world-class tactics across all classes.
'In my mind, sailing is all about teamwork, and we just have a fantastic team,' said Jim Swartz, owner of the TP52 'Vesper', the winner of the IRC A and the 2012 IRC North American Champions. 'It really helps the program immensely when you have a group of people who know how to take care of each other.' Check out the full Big Boat Series report, inside this issue.
Meanwhile, in America's Cup news, Cup and Olympics veteran Rod Davis offers some insight at how Emirates Team New Zealand has been taking advantage of shore time, so as to optimize their limited (30 days) days of AC72 sailing. 'The boys just have to tough it out as they run to the shed that houses the AC72,' writes Davis. 'We are doing the whole short-course drill inside [and on the boat], out of the weather but more importantly it does not count as one of our sailing days. When you are allowed only 30 days of sailing, you need to get creative in how you train.'
One person in the crowd in the Mixed Zone, but Bernie Wilson (foreground) (Associated Press) has a readership in the millions, if not tens of millions Richard Gladwell
In Olympic circles, be sure to check out Richard Gladwell's up-close-and-informative look at the role that the media (and the media-sailor interface) played at the London Olympics 2012. 'In many ways the competitors run a media gauntlet, and the stop at each point is usually a couple of minutes or so, unless they really want to milk the media and lift the exposure for themselves and their sport,' writes Gladwell about the 'mixed zone' (sailors and media) dynamic. 'Other than maybe the TV stops, the gig is not compulsory. However you skip it at your peril. Very simply, you can either embrace the media or keep it at arms length.'
And for a glimpse at how the lucky ones live, check out the report from the ongoing Rolex Swan Cup, which is unfurling at the lovely Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, situated on Porto Cervo, Sardinia. 'It is by far the prettiest place I've ever sailed,' said James Madden, owner of the Swan 601 'Stark Raving Mad', after a good day of racing. 'It was very puffy with winds from 9-13 knots, which saw us flirting with going from an A1 to an A2. When we rounded the Maddalena on the backside it got really interesting with shifts of 60 degrees. We knew we were doing well but it was hard to assess on corrected time.'
Also inside, get the latest news from the 2012 Etchells North Americans, the wrap-up reports from the Oakcliff Sailing Center's 2012 International Grade 2, and—in college-sailing circles—reports from the Pine Trophy and Fall Fury. And finally, don't miss lensman Leighton O'Connor's great image gallery from last weekend's Viper 640 North Americans. Enjoy!
We are sending you this newsletter because you are already receiving an existing Sail-World newsletter or because we believe this will be of interest to you. If you like this newsletter, do nothing, we will send you regular news. If you don't, its a single click to stop.
No, I don't need or want to read about US and World sailing news. Please don't send me another.
Follow Sail-World on Twitter
Customized news feeds
Marine Industry companies, Clubs and Associations have asked can they received their own customized version of our Sail-World news feed. The answer is yes; customized in content, news category, for example dinghies, small keelboats or just monohull racing, or Region of the world and appearance.
CLICK HEREto view examples and get free news tickers for your site. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Too much sailing news? Not enough?
Change the frequency of newsletters, from three times a week to the weekly summary or even a monthly newsletter. Change from html (graphics and pictures) newsletters to text only newsletters (best for slow connections, mobile phones and PDA's etc). Change from Sail-World USA Newsletters to Sail-World Cruising Newsletters etc. Temporarily inactivate your subscription for a period, when you will be on holidays etc. or change to text for the same period. Or even (gasp) unsubscribe.