Meanwhile, the race leaders are approaching the finishing line of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. According to the latest reports, Igor Simcic's 100-foot 'Esimit Europa 2' (SLO) is enjoying an insurmountable lead and—at the time of this writing—is within 70 miles of taking the line honors; she is followed by the smaller pocket maxis including 'Rán II' (GBR), 'Med Spirit' (RUS) and 'Stig' (ITA). Get the full scoop, as well some race photography, inside.
For Cup fans, international yachting correspondent Peter Montgomery recently conducted and broadcast an interview with Oracle Racing's Murray Jones on a New Zealand radio station that detailed what it was like to be aboard 'USA 17' when she nosedived and destroyed her wingsail. Check out the full interview, inside, and also be sure to check out Grant Dalton's—Emirates Team New Zealand's boss—thoughts on what Oracle's capsize could mean for the 34th America's Cup.
And in collegiate-sailing news, the Intercollegiate Sailing Association has announced its 2012 All-Academic Sailing Team. This exclusive list honors sailors who are not only quick on the racecourse but also bright in the classroom, with a minimum standard of a 3.5 cumulative GPA. 'This year's selections are an excellent representation of the achievements on the water and in the classroom,' said Matt Lindblad, chairman of the ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team Selection Committee and head coach of the MIT Varsity Sailing Team. 'Eight of the team members also received a form of All-American recognition and most were competitive at the highest levels of collegiate sailing competition.' Get the full honor role, inside.
Also inside, be sure to get the full scoop on the RS:X Youth World Windsurfing Championships, the McMillan Cup, the Kathryn Hammond Memorial Regatta and the Stu Nelson Trophy, the later of which just took place at MIT on the always-shifty Charles River.
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