Weekend wrap-up report—Sailing News from the U.S. and Beyond
'We are happy, we won three races from six which is pretty good,' reported Gavignet. 'For sure we are making progress and growing in confidence and that affects the others who lose in confidence, we need to keep progressing... The points for winning here are not much compared to winning offshore, but it's a step in the right direction. So we are kind of into our stride.'
The next offshore leg kicks off on Monday and will see the fleet embark on the 558-mile 'Around Portugal Race'. Then, starting on September 20, the MOD 70s will make the 1,071-mile 'sprint' from Cascais to Marseille, France. Get the full report, inside, and please stand by for more news from the MOD 70 European Tour, as it unfurls.
Meanwhile, there are plenty of interesting tidbits inside for Cup junkies, including an issue of the weekly video magazine, 'America's Cup Uncovered', which is put together by the America's Cup Management. Specifically, this week's issue looks at the questions of foils, and the role that these carbon-fiber blades could play in the 34th America's Cup.
Emirates Team New Zealand's AC72 returns to Auckland after her seventh day of sailing. Richard Gladwell
Olympic sailors should tune in to Royal Yachting Association's video interview with David Howlett (Ben Ainslie's [GBR] coach), which considers what it takes to win Gold in the big leagues. Howlett has five Olympic Golds in his coaching C.V. in two different classes, as well as a strong OD and Olympic-class personal-sailing resume, and has been a force to be reckoned with on the coaching staff of the massively impressive Team Great Britain for years, making his thoughts especially germane.
And in One Design circles, the venerable J/24 class kicks off its 2012 Worlds this week in Rochester, New York (September 17 to September 21), hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club. According to pre-event reports, 96 teams from 12 different countries are on hand to determine bragging rights in this tightly fought and greatly loved class.
Multi-hull sailors, don't miss the full debriefing from the F-18 Worlds, which just took place in Long Beach, California. Skipper Olivier Backes (FRA) and crewmember Matthieu Vandame took top honors in a talent-rife fleet of 115 boats that gathered from around the world. Interestingly, this is Backes second F-18 World Championship win in three years, making him one of the fastest skippers afloat in this hyper-competitive class. 'The first time I won there was a big fight for the win at the end with three boats,' said Backes. 'This was much better. I'm really happy.'
Also inside, get the latest on the Hatch Brown Trophy 2012, the 49er European and Youth World Championship, the Rolex Swan Cup, and the 2012 U.S. Women's Match Racing Championship, which skipper Genny Tulloch won for the third time in four years. And finally, don't miss the wrap-up report from the Farr 40 Pre-Worlds, which just concluded on Lake Michigan. Enjoy!
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