Tom Slingsby interview, Olympic scene, news from Oz and the world

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 22 Nov 2013

Tom Slingsby interview, Olympic scene, news from Oz and the world

Tom said ‘For me when we were down 6-1 was probably my lowest point in regards to thinking we could win. I certainly did not share Jimmy's confidence then.

‘I think that was the day we made the wing tune changes. But then we went out the next day and we lost the next two by ten seconds and I really noticed a step up in the performance of the boat. I realized how close we were in foiling the boat upwind, stably. We would pop out every now and then and I realized foiling upwind was really a possibility here and then we were down 8-1.

In Part II, Tom explains why foiling needs to stay ... 'We have taken such a massive step forward it would be a shame to take a step backwards now and the America's Cup is the biggest event in the sailing world at the moment.

‘It has got to be sailed in the most high performance, most spectacular boats because that is the one event that gets played to non-sailors around the world and that's the way we have to attract more viewers, having the most amazing boats with the best sailors and the best competition in the world. It has to be a spectacle, the America's Cup, and foiling is the only way to do that properly.'

This is a must read interview set, we will publish part III on Monday and in that Tom gets stuck right in... Then we will start an even longer series with Jimmy Spithill.

Lijia XU, Laser Radial  © Paul Wyeth / RYA

Just four days before entries close for the ISAF World Sailing Cup - Melbourne and the Invited classes at Sail Melbourne. (It runs from Dec 1st to eighth).The full Australian Sailing Team and Development Squad will be racing and there will be some interesting new combinations looking ahead to Rio. The big news now is the 15 Chinese crews led by London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 Rolex Female Sailor of the year, Lijia Xu, which spearheads excellent support from Asia at the World Cup in Melbourne. With Japan now set to stage the 2020 Olympic Games, the Melbourne event will become even more important in years ahead says Event Director and Olympic Gold Medallist Mark Turnbull.

Online entries can be still be made for both the Olympic classes and the 2013 Sail Melbourne Invited Classes. Entries close on November 26th there are already more than 550 athletes from 23 countries entered.

The full suite of classes for the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, will be contested in Melbourne.

SKUD Fleet - Sail Melbourne 2012  David Staley - copyright

The Invited Classes are Laser Radial Men, Laser 4.7, Men and Women's Kiteboard, Viper, 420, 29er, Optimist, OK dinghy, 2.4R, SKUD18, Liberty Access and Cadet Dinghy.

METS Tradeshow  David Schmidt

Just leaving METS in Amsterdam, (amazingly the sun is shining at Schipol airport, writing this wearing sunglasses in the terminal.) We will be publishing more interviews from there over the next week. But we can report right now that the mood was very good from the Australian exhibitors. Over the weekend, we will show you a fun new product, this time from Denmark, which we suspect, one day just about every sailor will have.

Lots of news today from our Sail-World network around the world. And that network is about to grown even larger, but that is a story for another day.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team

South Australians hot up for the Melges 24 2014 Worlds
Hamish Nicol,
Three days of five different winners, close finishes and all skippers and crew with that permanent Melges grin that comes from 16-18kt boat speeds in up to 24kts of sea breeze. All boats showed improvements with Adrenaline mainly crewed by YA and YSA youth squad members showing the benefits of their winter program and picking up three bullets in the seven races.... [more]
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Tom Slingsby – on the America's Cup 35 and the boats (Part II)
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,
This is part two of three part Sail-World interview with Tom Slingsby Olympic Gold Medallist and Oracle Team USA 34th AC strategist who is returning to the Oracle Team for AC35.... [more]
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Trim Clinic with North Sails at MHYC on 27th November 2013
Pip Lodder,
After the success of previous Sailing Clinics at Middle Harbour Yacht Club, North Sails will be presenting a Trim Clinic on Wednesday 27th November 2013, at 7.30pm.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Entries surge ahead of closing date
ISAF SW Cup Media,
An important 15 entry team from China led by London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 Rolex Female Sailor of the year, Lijia Xu, spearheads excellent support from Asia at the World Cup in Melbourne. With Japan now set to stage the 2020 Olympic Games, the Melbourne event will become even more important in years ahead says Event Director and Olympic Gold Medallist Mark Turnbull.... [more]
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Beau Geste splashed in Auckland - first images
Richard Gladwell,
Karl Kwok's new 80ft Botin design was splashed in Auckland's Westhaven marina this afternoon from the Southern Spars yard. She was constructed by Auckland's Cookson Boats and will be fitted with a Southern Spars rig Sail-World was on hand to capture the moment and provide the first images of the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart entrant, as she entered the water for the first time.... [more]
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Team Aqua wins the 2013 RC44 Match Racing Championship in Calero Marin
RC44 Media,
Returning to Lanzarote for the sixth time since the RC44 class was conceived in 2007, the final leg of the 2013 Championship Tour kicked off with season's match racing finale in Puerto Calero. The competition was tight with just four points separating the top four teams. The race committee managed to squeeze nine flights into a squally 10-20 knots day, that saw some big names tumbled off the podiu... [more]
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America's Cup: Where to now, for Artemis? Iain Percy gives the answers
Pierre Orphanidis,
Iain Percy, the three-time British Olympic medalist is in Puerto Calero, calling tactics for Torbjörn Törnqvist oboard Artemis Racing at the RC44 World Championship. European sailing website's Pierre Orphanidis caught up with Percy and talked about his new role as Team Manager and the present and future of the team and the America's Cup.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Resistant freethinkers and the road south
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, one only had to observe the trajectory of the leaders at the noon update, or rather just after the official radio report when they were provided with the forecast, to see that many competitors had chosen their camp, the road to the south. Nevertheless, there are still some resistant freethinkers among the leaders.... [more]
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Laser World Champs: Shifts add difficulty except for Scheidt on Day 4
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the Laser Standard World Championships, the breeze turned light in Oman but it was the shifts that made the fourth day the most difficult yet for the sailors - except for Robert Scheidt who by the end of the qualifying series had stretched his lead to five points.... [more]
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Pittwater and Coffs Regatta - Black Jack's east coast double header
Lisa Ratcliff,
Bringing plenty of glamour to the pointy edge of the 2014 Club Marine Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta entry list is Peter Harburg's Black Jack, the largest entry so far and leading line honours contender.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Nail biting start to Ocean Sprint
Clipper Ventures,
In Race 4, Day 16 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race the teams have entered the Ocean Sprint. In the last 24 hours, the top four competing teams got off to a nail biting start with only 14 minutes separating three of the teams as they crossed the line.... [more]
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Singha sponsors Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2013
Media Center,
The Phuket King's Cup Regatta, Asia's most famous international sailing competition, is to be sponsored by Singha Corporation in honour of the birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand.... [more]
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International Paralympic Committee Conference heads to Athens
International Paralympic Committee,
Around 450 people from over 150 countries are descending on Athens, Greece, for the sixteenth IPC Conference and General Assembly which starts this Friday (22 November) and continues over the weekend at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup: Team Gilmour training in Perth ahead of Malaysia
Team Gilmour,
Team Gilmour (AUS) reports on their latest training and racing and take a look ahead to the upcoming Monsoon Cup: After some down time since our last event, Team Gilmour has come back together in Perth for some intensive training on the Foundation 36 yachts this week before heading up to Malaysia to compete in the final event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour.... [more]
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Harken International Youth Match Racing Champs celebrates 21 years
Damian Devine,
The Harken International Youth Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club will celebrate its 21st year when racing gets underway tomorrow on Pittwater and continue until Sunday 24 November.... [more]
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2013 IKA Kiteboard Course Race Worlds: Practice Day and Opening
Mike Pateniotis,
The 2013 Kite Racing World Championships kicked off in spectacular fashion Tuesday with a firework-laced opening ceremony before the athletes blasted around the course in their final warm-up sessions before the action begins in earnest on Wednesday.... [more]
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Sydney 18fters: Gotta Love It 7 puts the heat on the fleet
Frank Quealey,
The Giltinan Champion Gotta Love It 7 team have already shown they mean business in the two races they've contested so far this season, but from their performance last Sunday they are putting as much pressure on their boat as they are on the opposition. The team went about a staggering display as they powered around the three lap course in the 15-18 knot Southerly on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Revamped format for Round 3 of inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup
Lisa Ratcliff,
Round 3 of the inaugural TP52 Southern Cross Cup is going ahead this weekend with a revamped format and new sponsor. An inshore passage race past many of Sydney Harbour's best-known landmarks will be mixed in with the traditional windward/leeward format.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championship title up for the taking
Lisa Ratcliff/Audi IRC Australian Championships,
Current Audi IRC Australian Class A champion, Rob Hanna and his Geelong based TP52 Shogun will carry the baton through to the 2014 Championship when the prestigious title, hosted by Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club from 16 -20 April, will be up for grabs.... [more]
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RC44 Championship Tour - Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge to take part
RC44 Championship Tour,
Having become a part of the class at the 2013 RC44 Sweden Cup, Vladimir Liubomirov and his Bronenosec Sailing Team has formed a partnership with fellow RC44 owner Kirill Podolskiy to provide a training platform for the St.Petersburg Yacht Club's, Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge.... [more]
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Mini Transat - Escaping the northern latitudes
Solene Rennuit,
In the Mini Transat, there's a holiday atmosphere in the fleet, the wind has finally eased in the race area and the Ministes can bring out their summer wardrobe at last. As the sailors reduce the number of clothes they wear, so they can increase the amount of canvas they hoist. In the race everyone is gradually wending their way south.... [more]
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Magic Marine Victorian Moth Grand Prix Series now in full swing
Leigh Dunstan,
The 2013 Magic Marine Victorian Moth Grand Prix Series is now in full swing, with round one of having already been sailed in Bendigo as part of the Ice Breaker Regatta. Leigh Dunstan lead the series going into round two at Mt Martha YC Opening Day Regatta.... [more]
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Laser Standard World Championships - Battle lines drawn in Oman
Daphne Morgan Barnicoat,
At the 2013 Laser Standard World Championships, high stakes have grown even higher in Oman today after a day of close and merciless competition produced five winners in six races and added substance to Robert Scheidt's tireless pursuit of another Olympic gold.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Candidates line up to join Team Dongfeng
Volvo Ocean Race,
It has been less than three weeks since the announcement of the new Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 and Team Director Bruno Dubois is delighted with the number and quality of the applications. The recruitment campaign for Team Dongfeng is off to a flying start.... [more]
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