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Cruising the Classifieds

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"What kind of sailing will you be doing?" the boat broker asked.

"A circumnavigation," I answered, thinking what other kind of sailing is there? "A folkboat would be just about right."

I'd responded to an ad for a folkboat because, even though my home on Long Island was surrounded by shallow waters, I was fixed on the idea that buying anything less than a full-keel boat designed for long ocean passages was not worth considering. What I'd read about folkboats was that they were remarkably seaworthy boats, designed for low cost and high durability. I was looking forward to seeing one firsthand.    more...

 



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Day One Opener Sets Pace for Regatta in Three Classes

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MIAMI, FLA., U.S.A. (November 19, 2003) - There is nothing like warm Florida sunshine and steady 15-knot breezes to knock the cobwebs out of that portion of the brain responsible for sailing a boat. Many of the international sailors competing in the Rolex Farr One Design Invitational have come from as far away as Brazil, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway and have not been on a racecourse since the end of the summer season. For the 27 teams competing, a spin around the buoys just off Miami's South Beach provided a welcome start to the winter sailing schedule. This first-ever event combines class starts for the Rolex Mumm 30 and the Rolex Farr 40 North American Championships where winners will be awarded specially engraved Rolex timepieces. An open class for Farr 395s is also being run by the Storm Trysail Club Race Committee. The 11-race series that continues through Sunday, November 22.  more...




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LINE-UP SET FOR 2003 ROLEX FARR ONE DESIGN INVITATIONAL

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MIAMI, FLA., U.S.A. (November 17, 2003) - From November 19-22, a stellar line-up of one-design sailors will converge on Miami's South Beach for the 2003 Rolex Farr One Design Invitational. Headquartered at the Miami Beach Marina and the Avalon Majestic Hotel, the inaugural event will serve as the Mumm 30 and Farr 40 North American championships. Entries from seven countries - Brazil, France, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and the U.S. - will compete in an 11-race fleet racing series. A two-day match-racing regatta in Farr 40s will precede the main event and take place November 17-18.

The Farr 40 fleet is set to be most impressive with four world champions attending. Current Rolex Farr 40 World Champions Massimo Mezzaroma and Antonio Sodo Migliori (Italy) bring their boat Nerone to compete against a fleet known for its competitive owner/drivers and celebrated tacticians. Steve Phillips, the 2000 world champion from Annapolis, Md., has entered his Le Renard. Sailing with 1999 world champion John Kilroy (Santa Barbara, Calif.) onboard Samba Pa Ti, will be Olympic Bronze Medallist Jeff Madrigali and Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Paul Cayard. 1998 world champion Jim Richardson (Boston, Mass./Newport, R.I.) and his Barking Mad will have tactician Terry Hutchinson aboard, who sailed with Stars & Stripes in the 2003 America's Cup challenger series.    more...

 



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Nominations Sought For US SAILING's Coach Of The Year

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As a participant in the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Coaching Recognition Program, US SAILING's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) is soliciting nominations for 2003.

The sport will recognize coaches in three categories: National Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year and Volunteer Coach of the Year. The aim of USOC's Coaching Recognition Program is to recognize and draw attention to the contribution coaches make to sport at all levels of athlete development, and to elevate the status of coaching as a profession. Working with criteria approved by USOC, a panel designated by the OSC will evaluate each nominee's accomplishments for the competition period beginning January 1, 2003. Nominations, due by December 1, 2003, should be sent to garybodie@aol.com. The winners for sailing will be announced in mid December. The criteria for nomination follows.  more...


 



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Valencia Due For America's Cup Nod Nov. 26

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For those who like to plan that southern European trip well ahead, Naples or Marseilles should be good destination choices for the summer of 2007 because everybody else will be in Lisbon or Valencia.

Valencia, most likely.

The site of the next America's Cup is scheduled to be announced Nov. 26. That's the day before Thanksgiving, when Europeans will give thanks that at least it won't be here or in the Southern Hemisphere.

The final four candidates are Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain. The Swiss, notoriously neutral, will decide because they currently own the gaudy little ewer but remain hopelessly landlocked without a seaport to call their own.  more...



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Sailing Etiquette

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Yachting is over 300 years old; according to John Rousmaniere's The Annapolis Book of Seamanship, older than baseball, tennis, golf, and almost every other outdoor sport. Tradition in the sport has evolved as part ceremony and part necessity. Boat etiquette has been developed not to one-up your neighbor with esoteric knowledge, but rather to establish a standard set of rules and boathandling skills that instill confidence in you and your fellow boaters. Your fellow boater is someone you may need to call on in times of grounding, docking, or any number of other situations where you might require aid. It is wise to establish a good rapport with him by abiding to existing customs and traditions. Privacy and mutual aid are the cornerstones of sailing etiquette.   more...

 



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Marseille lays his last cards on the table

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At few days before the unveiling ceremony, Marseille annonces that, beyond the announced efforts, the French Government is ready to go further to secure the €235 million budget.

Having already shouldered €40 million of the €123 million capital expenditures program, the Central Government could now help Marseille in the process of securing the €112 million administrative expenditures.   more...


 



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A new team on Prada's foundation

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Patrizio Bertelli announced that Prada will not pursue the America's Cup for 2007. "This adventure is finished," he told an Italian newspaper.

Some observers, though, believe that he may change his mind in the future but contracts with 2003 Prada members are said to have expired at the end of March.

If Prada indeed declines to enter for 2007, sources now told CupInfo Website that Francesco de Angelis is actively assembling a new Italian team with support from Patrizio Bertelli that extends to the Prada physical assets, including their yachts, plus Bertelli's financial support for the first year of operation.   more...

 



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How I Almost Quit Sailing

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I almost quit sailing for good last weekend.  Even though sailing is something I love and something I always wanted to do, I only started about 10 years ago when I was past 50. My wife and I took a learn to sail course with Offshore Sailing School, bought a used 23-foot boat and then took a bareboat cruising course.  I've since taken several other sailing courses and probably sailed as much on courses as I have in my own boat, so I'm well trained but not a real experienced sailor.

Last weekend I fell in the lake. You might think that isn't such a big deal, but let me add that I am non-swimmer and I wasn't wearing a PFD.  Like all accidents, a long chain of events led to this one. Fortunately, there were other events that led to an embarrassing but happy ending.   more...


 



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ISAF signs with the 32nd America’s Cup

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AC Management and the International Sailing Federation sign sanctioning agreement for the 32nd America’s Cup competition

Geneva - AC Management, the event authority for the 32nd America’s Cup, and ISAF, the International Sailing Federation, have signed a sanctioning agreement for the 32nd America’s Cup competition.

The agreement is similar to sanctioning agreements that ISAF has had with previous America’s Cup event authorities. The agreement governs all competition in the 32nd America’s Cup plus all supplementary events organised for the America’s Cup Class by AC Management up to the end of the last race of the 32nd America’s Cup Match.

ISAF President Paul Henderson said: "After very constructive discussions, I am delighted that we can now jointly move forward with the organisers of the next America’s Cup. The first time for this event in Europe will be of unbelievable benefit to the profile of our sport."

The sanctioning agreement provides the 32nd America’s Cup organisers the right to use the ISAF Racing Rules and Match Racing Rules, along with the right to engage ISAF qualified umpires and judges and all other services ISAF can provide.

AC Management CEO Michel Bonnefous commented on the deal: "Any top sport has an efficient set of rules and the America’s Cup is no exception and depends heavily on the use and interpretation of these rules sometimes under extreme pressure. The work done by the ISAF umpires during the America’s Cup competitions is extremely important for the rest of the sport of sailing, and the whole of the America’s Cup community welcomes this agreement."

ISAF Vice-President David Kellet also commented: "The America’s Cup is the very pinnacle of our sport and is extremely important for ISAF’s rules, judges and umpires. The experience gained at this unique and professional event benefits the whole of the sport of sailing."   more...

 



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Piracy Against Yachts

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Piracy is a problem that inflicts huge expenses and losses, billions of dollars a year. Most of the targets are commercial shipping, but the threat to yachts is real, and there are regions where the threat to commerce and yacht traffic overlap. Reported incidents have increased in the last year.

The Maritime Global Net, which operates a web site for commercial shipping, says, "The first quarter of 2003 saw 103 pirate attacks worldwide, up from 87 during the same period in 2002." Indonesian waters were the most dangerous (continuing a past pattern), MGN reports, with 28 attacks in the quarter. Then came Bangladesh, India and Nigeria. For yachts, Indonesia and India have also proved to be among the most risky waters, plus Japan and Central American mainland stretches of the Caribbean.   more...
 


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New boats for Round Britain and Ireland

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Challenge Business today announced that next year's Round Britain and Ireland Challenge in association with the Daily Telegraph will be raced on the newly refitted Global Challenge 72ft Race Fleet.

The yachts will be skippered by the Global Challenge Race Skippers (announced next week) assisted by a professional first mate.  more...

 



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2003 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race

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* Officials from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia advise that entries for the 2003 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race close tomorrow (Friday, November 7). To compliment the race which starts on Boxing Day, December 26, the CYCA, with sponsorship from Rolex, will hold a lead-up regatta to be called the Rolex Trophy Series, to be sailed off Sydney Heads and on Harbour over three days in mid December in divisions for IMS, IRC and One Design yachts. For enquires and further information, call the CYCA on (02) 9363 9731. - Boating Online


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Lots of Sun, But Where's the Wind?

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In the MCSA, it appears that the current trend is moving back to the basics. Oct. 25 to 26 was the Harken Clinic hosted by Western Michigan University at its sailing site, which is generously provided by Gull Lake YC. The clinics’ focus was on the basics of college sailing and was intended to educate sailors by pointing out the little things. Due to the limited number of FJs, the clinic attendees were split into two groups and one group sailed while the other went through chalk talks and demonstrations. Boat rigging was shown to those in the on-land groups; while it may be a very basic part of the sport, it can determine what place a team receives in a race. The teams were given handbooks with sailing drills that can be utilized at team practices. At night, the focus turned toward looking at videotape from the day and pointing out specific maneuvers to work on or correct. There wasn’t much wind, but there was enough to get some drills accomplished.   more...



 



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Oracle BMW Racing to be based in Auckland

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On TVNZ this evening Martin Tasker reported that Oracle BMW will be based in and will train in Auckland until at least June 2004.

Negotiations were held with Chris Dickson during the Moet Cup last September. The shrink wrapped boats, USA-71 and 76, arrived at the Viaduct Basin from San Francisco yesterday.

Russell Green, commenting on the reasons for remaining in Auckland, stated "Nearly all the team are Kiwi so we’re living here; the infrastructure is here and the Hauraki Gulf is a great place to sail and the authorities here have been helpful…"   more...



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