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OLYMPIC CLASSES: SAILING BEGINS IN CADIZ

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Racing at the 2003 ISAF Olympic Sailing Worlds in Cadiz, Spain, began on Thursday with the first day of qualifying in the Europe class. The staggered schedule had the Yngling sailors starting on Saturday and the Mistral and Star competitors commencing their qualifying on Sunday.

As expected the U.S. Yngling sailors are crowded at the top of the leader board. A first in what is likely the first of two races today has vaulted Hannah Swett, Joan Touchette, and Melissa Purdy into first place. The trio started the event with the 16th and a 12th, but has gone 2-7-1 in the last three races, and with the throwout in effect, is tied on points with American teammates Jody Swanson, Cory Sertl, and Elizabeth Kratzig. Swett wins the tiebreak because her second best finish is a second while Swanson's is a third.   more...

 



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Emma Teams Up With America’s Cup Star

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Emma RICHARDS will return to ocean racing this November when she teams up with one of the world’s leading sailors, Mike SANDERSON, to compete in the double-handed yacht race, the Transat Jacques Vabre from Le Havre, France, to Salvador, Brazil. Richards, 28, and Sanderson, 32, will compete in the 18 month old Owen Clark design Open 60 to be re-named Pindar. The yacht was recently purchased by Emma’s sponsors of the past four years, Pindar - the leading British-based international print and electronic media company, and Emma has spent the summer overseeing a major re-fit for the new yacht in Cherbourg, France. The boat is now tailored to Emma’s specifications and will debut in Pindar’s colours at the start line of the Transat Jacques Vabre in Le Havre on Saturday 1st November 2003.   more...

 

 



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Oracle CEO hopes to bring America's Cup to San Francisco Bay area

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Bobbing in his sloop on San Francisco Bay under a cloudless sky, Silicon Valley maverick Larry Ellison looked around and imagined what it would be like if he ever won the America's Cup and brought sailing's biggest regatta to this picturesque city.

The software billionaire had just finished piloting his 80-foot boat up and down the bayfront in a practice race against the defending America's Cup champion, Alinghi of Switzerland. The backdrop included landmarks like Coit Tower, Transamerica Pyramid, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.   more...

 



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WORLD CLASS TRIMMER JOINS ORACLE BMW RACING

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San Francisco/Munich, September 10, 2003 ... With the addition America's Cup winner Ross Halcrow, team ORACLE BMW Racing's sailing crew now has even more experienced winners in its ranks. Halcrow is considered one of the world's best sail trimmers and was part of the Team New Zealand crew which made history in winning the America's Cup in San Diego in 1995. The 36-year old Halcrow, born in New Zealand and residing in Canada, furthered his sailing reputation when he was part of the illbruck Challenge crew which won the 2002-03 Volvo Ocean Race. ORACLE BMW Racing CEO Chris Dickson says the addition of Halcrow to the sailing crew strengthens the team on and off the water. "Ross Halcrow is one of the world's best trimmers and brings a lot of expertise to that area of the race boat. He will also play an important role in our sail program," Dickson said.  more...


 



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2003 US Snipe Masters

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Middlebury, CT (Sept. 8) - Lake sailing has been an essential part of Snipe sailing in the U.S. for a long time. Sometimes, the Snipes sail on big lakes like Ontario, and other times they sail on small lakes like Quassapaug, where the Snipe US Masters Championships were held last weekend. Quassapaug Yacht Club is run by Snipe Fleet #231, and sits on a beautiful lawn over-looking the lake from the south western corner.
Competitors had to deal with shifty winds throughout the event and no races were completed on Saturday due to a lack of wind. Art and Jennifer Rousmaniere won 3 of the 4 completed races and took home the title. John Lally and Kerry O'Brien finished second, closely followed by Lee Griffith and Nancy Gilreath.
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Bermuda Slammed By Category 3 Hurricane

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Hurricane Fabian hammered the island archipelago of Bermuda on Friday with large waves, and winds reportedly gusting as high as 170 miles per hour. Four people, including two police constables, were lost when a portion of the Castle Harbour causeway, which connects the airport and the town of St. George's to the rest of the islands, was washed away during the height of the storm.

Reports from the Royal Gazette website, http://www.theroyalgazette.com, tell of "roofs ripped from homes, trees stripped bare or uprooted and lying across lawns," and boats "ripped from moorings and flung up onto nearby islands." Bermuda's biggest hotel, the Fairmont Southampton, suffered heavy damage and will be closed for two weeks, but the airport is expected to open later Monday afternoon.

Not only is Bermuda a favorite destination for ocean racers from the United States every year (Newport Bermuda on even years, Marion Bermuda on odd years), but the 22-square-mile island chain is also where the world's top match racers meet every October to race for the King Edward VII Gold Cup presented by Investors Guaranty. This year's event, scheduled for Oct. 18-26, looks to be only slightly affected by the damage.   more...



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The History of the Canada's Cup

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The Canada's Cup has a employed a variety of design types over the last 100 years, from the P-class Universal Rule boats of the turn of the century to the 8-Metres of the International Rule of the 1930s and 1950s and on to the offshore keelboats of the Cruising Club of America Rule and International Offshore Rule of the 1960s through the 1980s.

But design-more to the point, participating clubs agreeing on a design-has long been one of the sticking points to arranging matches.

After the 8-Metre heyday of the 1930s, in which three vigorous series were held from 1930 to 1934 between the RCYC and Rochester Yacht Club, the cup fell dormant essentially for thirty-five years.

A depression and a world war were in part to blame, but trying to decide what sort of design development the cup should foster was a major impediment to keeping the trophy active. A one-match revival in 8-Metres, won by the RCYC, was held in 1954 as part of this Club's centennial celebrations, but another 15 years passed before the trophy returned to regular competition with the switch to offshore keelboats designed initially under the CCA in 1969, then the IOR. Between 1969 and 1988, seven matches were sailed as the contest was held on an almost regular three-year basis.   more...

 



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Canada's Cup Race Schedule

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September 25 - Press Conference at RCYC City Station

September 26 - Opening Ceremonies at 6:30pm

September 27 to October 3 - Racing begins at 11:00am daily

Closing Ceremonies - On the Front Lawn immediately following racing on the day the winner is declared.

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Team Kan-Do - A Different Approach

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While most aspiring syndicates to the next Volvo Ocean Race focus on their behind-the-scenes efforts to shape their programmes, the first publicly announced effort from the USA is taking a decidedly different approach.

Team Kan-do, based in Annapolis, has adopted their moniker to describe a programme of performance based more on achievement and effort of their team members rather than relying solely on hired talent. The syndicate has structured itself as having a pool of pro-level advisors who have experience in the Volvo, Whitbread, America's Cup, and other top-echelon yachting competitions, who will train and coach a sailing team consisting of sailors who may be talented, but whose full potential has yet to be shown.  more...

 



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AC MANAGEMENT PUBLISHES NEW SHORT LIST FOR NEXT AMERICA'S CUP VENUE CHOICE.

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GENEVA – 5 SEPTEMBER 2003 - With the objective of choosing the venue and host city for the 32nd America's Cup, AC Management retained eight European venues in March this year. In June that number was reduced to five as progress was made in the process, and today that number has been reduced further to stand at just four.   more...

 



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The K-Challenge in San Francisco Bay

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The K-Challenge team sails since this morning in the San Francisco Bay on an IACC boat, (USA 49, ex-AmericaOne from Paul Cayard’s 2000 campaign). This is the first official training session for the team which will take place until Sept. 7.

This event is a real new step in the history of this challenge for the next America’s Cup which was born 18 months ago, and that already has gathered its key players and set up its design programme.

After the canceling of the Golden Gate Cup by the organizers because of a last minute problem, the Oracle BMW Racing team has maintained the invitation for this non-official competition with 2 races per day on Sept. 5 and 6. The Alinghi team will also join this event.   more...

 



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Sailing For the Gold

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Earlier this year billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli pulled off the remarkable: He won the America's Cup on his first try, with a team based in landlocked Switzerland. Now he wants to do the incredible: Make the America's Cup pay. 

For most of its history, the 152-year-old yacht race has been anything but a profit center. Snooty traditionalists banned most forms of advertising until 1988. Since then a variety of sponsors, including Cadillac and Motorola, have poured millions of dollars into the event only to walk away, frustrated by disorganization, erratic television coverage and the constant threat that the boat they back won't even survive the semifinals of a race that is held every four years or so.

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JOCHEN SCHUEMANN WILL BE THE SKIPPER OF ALINGHI IN SAN FRANCISCO

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Triple Olympic gold medallist Jochen Schuemann will be the skipper of Alinghi for the Moët Cup, scheduled to take place between 15th and 20th September in San Francisco, whilst Brad Butterworth will act as tactician.

The Moët Cup is divided into two events: a professional regatta and an owners/founders match. This means that Ernesto Bertarelli and Larry Ellison will compete with each other before handing over the helm to Jochen Schuemann and Gavin Brady.

The two teams will take this opportunity to test new crew and to present their program for the coming years. Both Alinghi and Oracle BMW Racing have indicated that they intend to modernise the Americas' Cup to allow the general public to get closer to the event. Many regattas are scheduled each year and the Moët Cup is being used to kick off the series.   more...

 



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Summertime, and the Racing is Easy

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By John Burnham

For a while my father thought his kids would never grow up to be sailors. Sure, we learned how to steer his dinghy and trim the sail, but then moved on to dozens of other youthful pursuits. Then, when I was 11, he and my uncle each bought a Sunfish and let us loose! My cousins and brothers quickly realized we had the ultimate swimming platforms.

The next summer we began to use the sails, too, and soon we were starting informal races between the end of the dock and a nearby lobster pot buoy. We quickly learned where in the harbor to find the best patches of breeze and how to coast past an anchored boat's mooring line, not to mention the best time to board an unsuspecting competitor for a routine capsize drill. We had a good time, and although I'd never thought much about sailboat racing beforehand, one race led to another until it became a full-fledged passion.   more...

 



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2003 Italian IMS Championships

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A bit of a wild take down aboard "Karma" at day two of the 2003 Italian IMS Championships in Trieste, Italy. Photo © Max Ranchi



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