Gold Cup, OD and team racing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

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09 Oct 2013

Gold Cup, OD and team racing—Sailing news from the U.S. and beyond

During the Practice Day at the Argo Gold Cup, Bermuda, part of the Alpari WMRT.  © OnEdition / WMRT

Get the full Argo Group Gold Cup report, inside this issue, and stay tuned for more on this event, as it unfurls.

In One Design news, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider's Paige Railey earned a Bronze medal at the Laser Radial Worlds (October 1-7), which just wrapped up in Rizhao, China. Here, Railey stared-down a fleet of 76 others sailors to take a medal, despite a disappointing start to her regatta.

Paige Railey racing in the Radial medal race - ISAF Sailing World Championships Perth 2011  Mick Anderson/ .

'The first race went bad[ly]. It was one of those situations where you push forward from it,' said Railey. 'After the first race, I went up to [coach] Mark [Littlejohn] and was slightly bummed. He said ‘Go for it', and that's what I did. I took everything we had talked about and put it together. This is the stuff we're training for–for Rio–it will be challenging at times in the [2016] Olympic Games regatta, and it's good to practice for those times.'

Meanwhile, in team-racing news, the U.S. Team Racing Championship just took place at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Here, sailors competed for the George R. Hinman Trophy, which is team racing's most prestigious trophy. After some fierce competition, top honors go to the team of 'Ladies and Gentlemen', followed by 'Tiller Towards Trouble' and 'Jet Lag'. More, inside.

navigation - Katrina Ham - Mini Transat 2013  Katrina Ham

Also inside, be sure to get the full download on the Tornado Worlds, the Star Worlds and the Mini Transat. And finally, don't miss the coverage of the ISAF Sailor of the Year nominees.

May the four winds blow you safely home,

David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor

Volvo Ocean Race: One year out from race start
Volvo Ocean Race,
There is exactly one year to go before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race on 4 October 2014 in Alicante. It's going to be a groundbreaking edition in more ways than one, as the race's CEO Knut Frostad explains. 'Building a whole fleet was always going to be a challenge when developing a new class, but we have seven boats in construction now' - Knut Frostad... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week and Gill NA join for 2014 edition onwards
Kathy Lammers,
Antigua Sailing Week is regarded the world over for incredible racing conditions. Surfing through some of the best sailing waters on the planet in brilliant sunshine is every sailor's idea of utopia, but sunburn can mess up your dreams. Wearing the proper clothing is essential and Antigua Sailing Week is proud to announce that Gill NA has come on board as Official Exclusive Clothing Sponsor.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Battle of Britain peps up
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
Two British crews hold the highest scores after day one of racing in Bermuda at the Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate event on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, in what race pundits believe could turn into a clash of the Anglo-Saxon match racing titans.... [more]
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Andrew Simpson Gold Cup Benefit
Talbot Wilson,
The Andrew Simpson Gold Cup Benefit is set to take place at during Argo Group Gold Cup on Thursday 10th October 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM in the company of sailing stars from the America's Cup and the Agro Group Gold Cup.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - More images by Chuck Lantz
Anna Parker / Chuck Lantz,
Enjoy these additional Melges 24 World Championship photos by Sail-World photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Qualifying day images from Bermuda,
Enjoy this selection of images from Qualifying day at the Argo Group Gold Cup in Bermuda.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series - GC32s showcased in Nice
Sailing Intelligence,
A new chapter began for the GC32s last week when they joined the Extreme Sailing Series for the penultimate Act of the Land Rover-backed 2013 stadium sailing catamaran circuit in Nice, France. While the main attraction remains the Extreme 40 catamaran racing, the Series events are slowly evolving into mini sailing festivals, with multiple attractions, rather than just one.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Photos by Chuck Lantz
Anna Parker / Chuck Lantz,
Melges 24 World Championship images by San Francisco Sail-World photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship - Victory for Tina Mihelic
Laser International,
The Laser Radial Women's World Championship 2013 in South China came to a close yesterday with two light-wind races. Tina Mihelic CRO managed to protect her overall lead with the race ranks seven and three against the final attacks of her immediate opponent Tuula Tenkanen FIN finishing one and two.... [more]
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Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews lecture at Herreshoff
Herreshoff Marine Museum,
The America's Cup yacht races were, and still are, the most prestigious and costly international sporting events in the world. With a history extending back over 160 years, the America's Cup reached its height in the late 1800s - the era of J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and Sir Thomas Lipton.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Focus moves to final preparations
Solene Rennuit,
Just five days before departure in the Mini Transat, the pontoons of Port Rhu are relatively quiet. Obviously, the 84 Ministes are, for the most part, focusing on their final preparations. For volunteers working on the preparation of the event, it is also a moment to pause before the culmination of the fortnight of activities in Douarnenez on Sunday October 13.... [more]
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49er duo of Ben Rhodes and Stevie Morrison part ways
Lindsey Bell,
British Olympic sailing duo Stevie Morrison and Ben Rhodes have called it quits on their 12-year 49er partnership and their bid for a third Olympic Games medal attempt together at Rio 2016.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Action shots by Chuck Lantz (Part 2)
Anna Parker / Chuck Lantz,
Enjoy this second of a two gallery series of Melges 24 World Championship images by San Francisco based Sail-World photographer Chuck Lantz.... [more]
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Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image Awards to be hosted by WYRF
MaxComm Communication,
The world's best yacht racing photographs of 2013 will once more be celebrated during the World Yacht Racing Forum, in Gothenburg, from 10th to 11th December. The prize for the ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image' was first awarded in 2009.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics celebrate victory
Clipper Ventures,
At the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht Race, last night saw the skipper and crew of PSP Logistics celebrate their first victory at the event at Marina de Gloria... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship - Action shots by Chuck Lantz (Part 1)
Anna Parker / Chuck Lantz,
Enjoy the first of a two gallery series of photos by San Francisco Sail-World photographer Chuck Lantz from the Melges 24 World Championship.... [more]
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Qualcomm Star World Championship - Triple success for USA + video
Mike Pateniotis,
The Starboat Worlds 2013 in San Diego ended with a triple USA success. John Mc Causland/Phil Trinter USA had no problem to keep their lead and did not even need to finish the last race. This was the second World Champions title for the crew Phil Trinter USA after 1993... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship - Paige Railey claims bronze
Dana Paxton,
With a victory in the final race at the 2013 Laser Radial World Championship, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider athlete Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) captured a bronze medal. Racing took place Oct. 1-7, in Rizhao, China, where a total 77 athletes competed in the series, which consisted of a six-race qualifying series and a six-race final series.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Newcomers to debut their skills + Video
Laurie Fullerton,
With twenty teams meeting at the start of the Argo Group Gold Cup event this week, one of the unique aspects of this regatta is that it offers an opportunity to amateur sailors to truly get their start in the world of professional match racing on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour main stage.... [more]
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Fun times at inaugural Weta New South Wales Championship
Miranda Powrie,
Chris Kitchen from Weta Marine in New Zealand was at first skeptical when Issac, his 12 year old super helm declared 'we will go around the top mark, blast downwind, then when we turn round the bottom mark we will have dolphins on the bow', but sure enough there were four dolphins cruising off the bow of his Weta!... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Battle lines are being drawn
Alpari World Match Racing Tour,
The Argo Group Gold Cup, the penultimate event on the 2013 Alpari World Match Racing Tour is coming up and the battle lines are being drawn. Qualifying begins for the twenty teams on Hamilton Harbour tomorrow. In addition to the Alpari World Match Racing Tour card holders, the giant field sees some old faces returning to this prestigious event.... [more]
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Argo Group Gold Cup - Practice day images from Bermuda
Dan Towers,
Enjoy this selection of images from the Argo Group Gold Cup Practice day on October 7th in Bermuda. The world's best Match Racers are in town as we see British sailor Ian Williams go for a record fifth title. Previous Tour winner from 2010 Sir Ben Ainslie is racing this week as a wild card invite which will no doubt culminate in a fantastic final this weekend.... [more]
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Mini Transat - A story that lives in the community
Solene Rennuit,
Following the Mini Transat prologue 'Everything starts in Finistère', the Minis have found their place in the Port Rhu. For one short week Douarnenez becomes the final launch pad before the soloists make their leap across the Atlantic. However, many of these Ministes will not be totally alone, as their loved ones are involved in the adventure.... [more]
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ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Nominee - Johnny Heineken
Johnny Heineken has taken Kiteboard Course Racing to a new level and established himself as the man to beat. The only problem is, no one has been able to achieve that over the nomination period as Heineken holds a perfect record.... [more]
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BoatUS Foundation Environmental Leadership Award to Jim Martin
D. Scott Croft,
Recycling used fishing line seems simple enough. Build some recycling line containers or bins, install them at the water's edge and teach anglers to put the used line safely inside. Since 2008, the BoatUS Foundation has helped install over 2,000 line-recycling bins at docks, ramps and boat clubs.... [more]
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