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London 2012—The state of play *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 5:54 PM Tue 31 Jul 2012 GMT
On-the-water fortunes are being won and lost as the sound of starting signals ricochets off the rolling, bucolic hills of southern England. While plenty of sailors are quick to point out that there’s still plenty of playtime left on the clock during this Olympiad, some classes are starting to look more solidified than others. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Fast, furious and wet in the 49er class *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 2:21 PM Tue 31 Jul 2012 GMT
While all of the Olympic sailing events are absolutely riveting, I’ll admit a certain bias towards the 49er class. Fast, tactical and a featherweight boat that demands hyper fitness coupled with drop-of-the-hat tactical calls, there’s no question that these speedy skiffs are the biggest head turners for the non-sailing spectators who have poured into Weymouth to watch the Games. ...

London Olympics 2012 - It’s all happening at the zoo *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 12:00 PM Tue 31 Jul 2012 GMT
This morning’s press briefing summed it up perfectly: Today was the busiest day of racing during the entire 2012 Olympiad, with racing starting at 1200 hours, local time. No doubt, the various race committees had their hands more than full, as eight classes engaged in starting-line tangos on four different courses. ...

London 2012 - Has the dog finally mastered its own tail? *Feature By Bob Fisher, 7:47 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
Television, we were reliably assured, would be the answer to sailing's prayers at the London Olympics. That assurance came as soon as the host city was announced and in the seven years, there would be ample time for the technical difficulties to be overcome. ...

London 2012 Olympics - Channelling the Great Dane *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 7:25 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
London 2012 - I'm not going to bury the lead - the headlines are all going to be about the battle in the Finns. Day two of racing at the London 2012 Olympic regatta and despite the 49ers kicking into action with some fantastic racing on the Nothe spectator course, it's hard to take your eyes off Ben Ainslie and Jonas Hogh-Christensen. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Rockin’ and rollin’ Laser style *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 4:21 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
Forty-nine Lasers answered their first official starting guns in the 2012 Olympics, racing on the Weymouth Bay South course. Conditions steadily built over the course of both races, topping out somewhere around 15 or 16 knots, testing sailor’s medium-air-and-small-wave skills. ...

London Olympics 2012 - 49er fever intensifies *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 2:13 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
Action was fast and furious on the 49er course as the double-trapeze rocketships tore around the Nothe course. According to sailors interviewed ex post facto in the 'mixed zone' (media and sailors), conditions were breezy and shifty, with a gathering breeze. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Day 2 preview *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 12:35 PM Mon 30 Jul 2012 GMT
The Olympic sailing schedule and the weather gods conspired together to deliver a magnificent set of conditions for Day Two of racing in this Olympiad. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Rough start for Australia on day 1 *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 7:18 PM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
The Australian sailing campaign for London 2012 started disastrously today. Hearts sank in the first Finn race, as Brendan Casey after a fast start, capsized and then after righting lost place after place and sailed off the course at the bottom mark. He had split the join between deck and hull and taken on a lot of water. ...

London 2012 Olympics - Are the Stars out? *Feature By Bob Fisher, 5:52 PM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
It was with sadness that I watched the Stars racing off Weymouth, knowing that these were to be the first two races at the end of this class's life in the Olympic Games, or is this the end? Anyone who watched the battles on the water would not want to deny the sailors or the boats a rightful place in the quadrennial festival of all that's best in sailing. ...

London 2012 Olympics - Opening Day, Opening Salvoes *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 5:40 PM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
Three events opened the action at the Olympic sailing regatta on July 29th, and while it's hard to make much of a judgement about the Women's Match Racing after just four flights, the other two classes saw some more significant performance indicators. Let's start with the Finn, as that bears the heavy weight of history. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Stars shine in perfect conditions *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 5:39 PM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
The wind gods blessed the Star Class with fantastic conditions for their first official day of Olympic competition during this summer’s Games with a steady 12-15 knots (with stronger puffs) out of the west-southwest. Seas followed the angle of the air, delivering the Star class with superb racing on the Weymouth Bay West course. ...

London 2012 Olympics — Finns answer their guns *Feature By David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Weymouth, UK , 5:22 PM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
The Finn class cranked out its first races of this Olympiad, bearing the special honor of being the first class to answer the starting guns of this summer’s Games. Wind conditions were 15-20 knots (with higher puffs) from the west-southwest, with matching wave patterns. ...

London 2012 Olympics - Finntastic *Feature By Bob Fisher, 9:09 AM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
London 2012 Olympics - The Finn class is not for wimps; it never has been, but the pressure to perform on today's Olympians has developed a superhuman group of sailors. Where once the leaders in the class were over-fed lumps of lard, holding their boats upright when sailing to windward simply by sitting on the weather gunwale, they are now as fit, or fitter, than athletes in any sport. ...

London Olympics 2012 - Weymouth 2012 Last Chance *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 12:33 AM Sun 29 Jul 2012 GMT
London Olympics 2012. It was practice day at the Olympic venue and everyone was at it. It was the last chance for everyone, tomorrow it's for real, and it's very real for one man in particular - Ben Ainslie. ...

London 2012 - A Day worth Bottling *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 5:54 PM Sat 28 Jul 2012 GMT
Given the weather of recent weeks, this burst of sunny weather is obviously of great relief for Britain, but is it too good to be true? It was a cliché sailing day, sailing in a postcard, champagne sailing. The white cliffs looked great, it was warm, and it seemed more like tropical sailing in the Caribbean or Australia’s Whitsundays. It was in fact a day worth bottling. ...

Predictwind forecasts good sailing conditions for start of Olympics *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 6:17 AM Sat 28 Jul 2012 GMT
Predictwind is forecasting moderate southwesterly winds for the opening two days of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta off Weymouth, England. The first classes to race will be the Mens Heavyweight Singlehander (Finn) and Two man Keelboat (Star) along with the Womens Match Racing (Elliott 6mtr). ...

Yachting Australia's National Boat Owners Meeting- CYCA Friday 27 July *Feature By Team, 9:20 PM Wed 25 Jul 2012 GMT
Yachting Australia's National Boat Owners Meeting is to be held at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Freya Room and will be audio webcast on Friday 27th July 2012 from 9am. ...

London 2012 Olympics - The BS stops when the flag drops... *Feature By Mark Chisnell, 7:36 PM Tue 24 Jul 2012 GMT
It's been four years since the last Olympic Games, and it's just a handful of days till the next - there's not much talking left to be done and the old saying has never been truer - all the BS will have to stop when that start gun fires. There's a limited amount of preparation time left and you really need to focus on finding and doing the priorities left on the job list. ...

Neil Pryde talks about kitesurfing, boat size, and 46-footers *Feature By Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong , 12:20 PM Tue 24 Jul 2012 GMT
Over the last 28 years, without a doubt Neil Pryde has been the most successful as well as the most prolific competitive big boat sailor in Asia. Consider the roll call since he started racing with Ray Banham on the Castro 36 Sunstreaker in 1983 (Pryde supplied the sails, and drove). In fact, he has collected 49 regatta trophies in that space of time. ...

Ackroo Lake Ontario 300 Challenge of to a challenging start! *Feature By Greg Nicoll, Toronto , 12:19 AM Sun 22 Jul 2012 GMT
The Ackroo Lake Ontario 300 Challenge - This is the 23rd annual LO 300 Race: for more information on the race and to follow racers on Yellow Brick go to ...

Point and Click with Mauri Pro Sailing – Part I *Feature By John Curnow, 7:46 AM Sat 21 Jul 2012 GMT
With Mauri Pro you’re talking ten years in operation now and they have become quite the dominant force in the online marine binary world. Indeed with some brands, Mauri Pro is the biggest on the planet. Finally then, there are the manufacturers’ warranties, which are no different to any other purchasing method. ...

Double Olympic medalist steps along the path ahead of Kiteboarding *Feature By Bruce Kendall, 10:40 PM Fri 20 Jul 2012 GMT
Double Olympic windsurfing medalist Bruce Kendall looks at the issues with adopting Kiteboarding as an Olympic sport, and reflects on the lessons learned and experiences after Windsurfing travelled the same path since its selection for the 1984 Olympics. ...

America's Cup- A Harbour of two Halves - Emirates TNZ's AC72 revealed *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:29 AM Wed 18 Jul 2012 GMT
Auckland's Viaduct Harbour was the scene this morning for the unveiling of Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup Challenger, and the first of the AC72 class to be seen in the world. The occasion was unannounced, but the waterfront hotline was functioning perfectly and there were spectators aplenty - a mix of media and 'interested onlookers' associated with other America's Cup teams. ...

Laser Radial Mens World Championship 2012 – Send some wind *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 11:52 PM Thu 12 Jul 2012 GMT
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, in Manly, Brisbane is once again the venue for a Laser Class World Championship, the third in the last four months. There are just 54 sailors from nine countries at 2012 Laser Radial Mens World Championship, which will run from July 11-17th – a disappointing roll up, blamed by most observers on the International Laser Class Association’s very regrettable tardine ...

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