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This America’s Cup is NOT just about the racing

June 3rd, 2013

To make sailing a spectator event, to really get the locals to embrace the competition, you better plan to have more more than just the races. An example was the Korea Match Cup last week on the World Match Racing Tour, where the event was part of the Gyeonggi Hwasung Marine Festival. The race venue,


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Thank you, Bart

June 3rd, 2013

By Sir Ben Ainslie The last few weeks have been the most upsetting, the most painful and the most bewildering of my life. The sport of sailing has lost other talented people down the years to whom I have been close, but nowhere near as close as I was to Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. Our friendship


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Is Kids Sailing Too Elitist? Should They Just Have Fun?

June 2nd, 2013

By Roger McMillan As editor of Australian Sailing + Yachting, which puts a lot of emphasis on improving skills and being competitive, I get many emails from parents of young sailors complaining that Yachting Australia and the state bodies put too much emphasis on the elite side of the sport. “There needs to be more


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Not the Happiest Place on Earth

June 2nd, 2013

By Paul Lewis, New Zealand Herald America’s Cup challenger Emirates Team New Zealand have proposed a course through the tangle of uncertainty and self-interest that has temporarily becalmed the 34th America’s Cup. But the elephant in the room, as team boss Grant Dalton puts it, is whether Artemis will make it to the starting line


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Public Service Announcement: Boating Under the Influence

May 30th, 2013

Boating and booze… is that redundant? Asking if a yacht club has a bar … is that even a question? Aren’t we now in ‘Beer Can’ racing season? Yes, it’s hard to escape the connection sailing has with spirits, so consider what follows to be a helpful reminder to be responsible… * A boat operator


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Time For a System Change

May 30th, 2013

The handicap fleet in northwestern U.S. continues to diminish in the wake of increased demands on people’s time and the economic costs associated with racing. But when you add to that mis-managed rating systems with frequent changes being made without owner input and due process, it can take the fun out of racing. A concerned


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COMMENTARY: Crew classification is not black and white

May 30th, 2013

With shelves of championship titles to his name, Dave Ullman continues to race and coach at the highest level. Here Dave offers his take on crew classification… “What needs to be recognized is that the more competitive the class, the more likely the class rules will be pushed to the limit. And if that class


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QUOTABLE: Changing the rules after the game has started

May 29th, 2013

“It is daunting to arrive at the venue after years of planning to find the ‘goalposts moving’ so late in the (America’s Cup) campaign, long after design decisions have been made based on the anticipated windy conditions in San Francisco. The most contentious issues for ETNZ are the reduction in the wind limits and the


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Happy Ending…. But

May 29th, 2013

There’s a special place in hell for those who steal from agencies dedicated to doing good, and some thieves (in San Francisco) got an express ticket south when they stole all five outboard motors from chase boats for the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors. It’s a cruel irony that the thefts occurred over the


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EIGHT BELLS: Svend Svendsen

May 29th, 2013

After a courageous and dignified battle with cancer, Svend Svendsen passed over the bar quietly at home in Alameda, CA on May 27 with his family by his side. Born 1932 in Espergaerde Denmark, Svend was the fourth of six children to Anna and Jens Svendsen. Svend descended from a long line of Danish fishermen.



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