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Previewing Hempel World Cup Series Miami - USA Newsletter


Previewing the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami

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Women's 470, Nikole Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima day 4 - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Dear Recipient Name

While cold rain and snow might be the reality across most of North America during this fourth week of January, conditions are far more conducive to high-level sailing on the waters off of Florida, where the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami (January 19-25) is currently unfurling. This annual regatta is the only World Sailing World Cup event that takes place on U.S. waters, placing an additional premium on North American sailors to perform well on their home waters. For some American-flagged Olympic hopefuls, this regatta will serve as part of their Olympic trials, while other sailors are competing to compare their speed and tactics against other top-flight international sailors.

"We've had two regattas here in the last month, and it's been good practice for the coaches and sailors," said Luther Carpenter, US Sailing's Olympic Head Coach, in an official team press release. "It's always great to see how we perform when we have to bring our best. It's one of the best learning tools for all of us."

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Luther Carpenter is US Sailing's Olympic head coach - photo © Copyright ©Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing.
Luther Carpenter is US Sailing's Olympic head coach - photo © Copyright ©Sharon Green/ Ultimate Sailing.

For American sailors competing in the Men's and Women's 470 class, the Men's and Women's RS:X class, and the Finn class, the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami represents the second out of three trials events that will determine who gets to fly the letters "USA" on their sails at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (July 24 to August 9).

Additionally, the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami will serve as the country qualifier for the USA in the Women's 470 class. And while there's not much danger in the USA not qualifying for the Games in the Women's 470 class, competition levels are extremely tight between the top three U.S.-flagged Women's 470 teams going into this prestigious regatta.

Women's 470, Atlantic Brugman and Nora Brugman - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 3 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Women's 470, Atlantic Brugman and Nora Brugman - Hempel World Cup Series Enoshima, day 3 - photo © Jesus Renedo / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

As of this writing, the top-ranked U.S.-flagged Women's 470 teams are all within one point of each other in the U.S. Women's 470 trials. These teams include the sisters Atlantic and Nora Brugman; Nikole Barnes and Lara Dallman-Weiss, and the twin sisters Carmen and Emma Cowles.

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U.S. Women's 470, Carmen and Emma Cowles - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing
U.S. Women's 470, Carmen and Emma Cowles - photo © Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Competition is considerably less intense in the Men's 470 class, where Stu McNay and Dave Hughes enjoy a 33-point lead in the U.S. Men's 470 trials over rivals Lachlain and Declan McGranahan.

Likewise, Olympic veteran Farrah Hall enjoys a 34-point advantage in the U.S. Women's RS: X trials over Carolina Mendelblatt.

Things are less decisive in the U.S. Men's RS: X trials, where Pedro Pascual enjoys an eight-point lead over Geronimo Nores.

US Sailing Team Finn athlete, Luke Muller at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami - photo © Tomas Moya / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
US Sailing Team Finn athlete, Luke Muller at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami - photo © Tomas Moya / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

And in the Finn class, Luke Muller leads 2016 Finn Bronze medalist Caleb Paine in the U.S. Men's Finn trials. "I don't want them to be completely focused on each other, I want them to be focused on the improvements we have to make," said Carpenter in an official team communication about U.S. Men's Finn trials. "If we don't improve a lot in the trials process, it makes the final goal harder to reach."

While the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami isn't part of the U.S. Laser Radial trials, Erika Reineke is representing the USA at this high-level regatta. For Reineke, the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami is an important opportunity to speed check against her rivals going into the Laser Radial Worlds (February 21 to February 28), which is part of the U.S. Laser Radial Trials. Check out my recent interview with Reineke.

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Erika Reineke - 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing
Erika Reineke - 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami - photo © Pedro Martinez / Sailing Energy / World Sailing

Sail-World wishes all athletes competing at the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami good luck this week.

Finally, as a small Department of Corrections item, I incorrectly cited Blake Island as one of the turning marks in the 2020 Duwamish Head Race in last week's newsletter. The correct name for this turning mark is Blakely Rocks. My apologies for any confusion this might have caused.

May the four winds blow you safely home,
David Schmidt

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Pulse58 from RS Electric Boats
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2020 Sail Melbourne International at Royal Brighton Yacht Club - Overall
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Will Oxley is eyeing another lap of the planet
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The Clipper Race Leg 5 Race 6 - Preview
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Marine Auctions - Forthcoming Online Auctions in January 2020
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2020 Australian 505 Championship at Royal Brighton Yacht Club - Day 4
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2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami - Day 1
On Monday, the 182 sailors from 45 nations demonstrated their skills on spectacular Biscayne Bay in the first of six days of racing at 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami, USA.

Strong start for U.S. athletes at Hempel World Cup Series Miami
The 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami is well under way. With two boats atop the leaderboard in their respective classes and several more in the top five, the US Sailing Team fared well on day one of the 2020 regatta season.

America's Cup: Three inducted into the America's Cup Hall of Fame
In mid-November, three luminaries of the America's Cup were inducted at Robbe & Berking Yachting Heritage Center in Flensburg, Germany.

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Cape2Rio2020 Ocean Race: LoveWater and Maserati finish in Rio de Janeiro
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2020 Sail Melbourne International at Royal Brighton Yacht Club - Day 4
It was a challenging day for sailors and race management alike with multiple storm fronts passing through Melbourne on the penultimate day of Sail Melbourne International making for another wild and fun day for the majority of the classes.

RS Electric launch the Pulse58 full electric RIB at Boot Düsseldorf
Pulse58 officially launched at boot Dusseldorf yesterday, joint RS CEOs Alex Newton Southon and Jon Partridge spoke passionately about the vision for this project and what they had planned for the future.

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America's Cup: Challengers train in breeze at Cagliari
After several days of light winds the two Cagliari based America's Cup Challengers were sailing on Friday in fresh 20kt plus winds. Both teams got in some useful practice in the strengthening wind, before they both called it day and headed back to base.

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18ft Skiff Australian Championship on Sydney Harbour - Races 1 & 2
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Hempel World Cup Series Miami participants team up to rescue a coral reef
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Optimist World Championship 2020 - Notice Of Race published
Almost six months before the start of the most awaited appointment of the 2020 youth sailing calendar, the Optimist World Championship, the organization of the event has published the Notice of Race of the regatta.

Franco's 3 Ball JT smokes J/70 Davis Island Winter Series II
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Whitbread sailor in the lead for 40th St Maarten Heineken Regatta
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North Sails Weekly Debrief: #NSVictoryList: 5.5 Metre Worlds, North Kites
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Formula Kite: The World Championship lands in Oristano
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Gladwell's Line: Another America's Cup first off Sardinia
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INEOS TEAM UK Winter Training Camp begins in Cagliari
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Entry now open for the 2020 Finn Gold Cup in Palma
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BVI Spring Regatta 2020 - Get your spring sailing groove on!
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America's Cup: A day in the life of an AC75 - Extended length video
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US Sailing announces 2020 Offshore Worlds U.S. Selection Procedures
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An interview with Erika Reineke ahead of the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami
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Denmark SailGP Team presented by ROCKWOOL roster confirmed following New Zealand selection camp
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Request for invitation period opens for New York Yacht Club's Summer Team Races
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US Sailing's Olympic Development Program enters new era
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America's Cup: Images of Te Aihe sailing in the seabreeze
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America's Cup: Challengers sailing in Sardinia Images and Video
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M32 Miami Winter Series - Weekend 1
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11th Hour Racing Team and Musto announce long-term partnership
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