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    14th in Race 5. One more race to go.

    After another miserable start, Brad and I were able to claw back into a much better finish yesterday to take a 14th. Something about the serious upwind current has thrown my normal starting strategy for a loop, but we are trying to just keep battling. Coach Ed Adams had us somewhere in the mid-thirties at [...]

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    11th Overall at 2010 Star World Championships

    Yesterday capped off a tricky 2010 Star World Championships. From the first race of the regatta inside the confines of Rio’s Guanabara Bay to nasty swirling current mixed with ocean slop, the racing was extremely testing at times for even the best sailors at the event. Yesterday was not in the regular seabreeze pattern. When [...]

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    Worlds Interview with Scuttlebutt

    Here’s a new interview regarding the Worlds at SailingScuttlebutt.comhttp://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/10/0125/

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    Newcomer of the Year - 2010 US Sailing Team Alphagraphics

    Inaugural US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Awards FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Marni Lane, marnilane@ussailing.org, 617-671-8332Olympic Sailing Program Presents Inaugural US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics AwardsPortsmouth, R.I. (January 23, 2010) – The Olympic Sailing Program presented seven US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Awards to the 2009 team members who achieved excellence in the following categories in 2009: Best Individual Performance, Best [...]

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    Can Sports Save the World? - Thoughts before Vancouver

    On January 15th, The Atlantic Monthly ran an article online by author Adam Hofstetter titled “Can Sports Save the World?” He demonstrated through a number of cases that Sports cannot save the world,*starting with*the recent attack on the Togo soccer squad as they prepared to take on Angola in the run-up to the 2010 World [...]

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    Karma

    At risk of being to Blog-ish, here’s a look at the bad karma CampbellSailing.com is getting thanks to last month in the 95 degree Rio sunshine. 26 inches yesterday plus 6-12 more tomorrow here in DC. Oops!

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    AudiMelges20 Event Done, Melges32 Race Week and Star Bacardi Cup to go in Miami

    *Photo by JOY /IM20CA© We’re in the green spinnaker.The February/March*calendar filled up quicker than I anticipated after two weeks overseas and a week at Miami OCR in January. This past weekend I went back to Miami to sail with some Minnesota A-Scow sailors in the second of the Audi Melges 20 series held in Miami [...]

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    On the Road, Again.

    The snow is melting slowly off the DC streets, just in time for me to hustle back to the airport and head out for the next event: Melges 32 sailing with Team Ninkasi at the 2010 Acura Miami Race Week immediately followed by Bacardi Cup in the Star boat.It’s be hectic couple of months to [...]

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    “Frankly, pros have no place in the vast majority of sailing…”

    An interesting interview coming from a US Sailing interview with author Nicholas Hayes led off Scuttlebutt today. I’m not sure where Mr. Hayes get’s off with his strong comments in such a public forum. For a sailor trying to promote and grow*the sport, it’s a little tough to understand his negativity toward professionalism in sailing. [...]

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    Miami Grand Prix down Bacardi Cup to go…

    Quickly, thanks to the discussion and comments last week I think it is valuable to have a discussion about the subject raised by Mr. Hayes’ comments regarding professionals in the sport of sailing. I look forward to not only reading his book but having more dialogue with him and others on the subject. To read [...]

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    Bacardi Cup Day 1

    After a week of great north breeze, the Miami heat showed up again today killing the northerly and making conditions perfect for a light seabreeze. We waited on shore an extra hour and then ghosted out into a 4-6 knot easterly. The sailing was just beautiful all things considered, but a 20 degree lefty in [...]

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    BFD in race 2 at Bacardi Cup

    Thankfully longtime Star crew Chris Rogers was here this weekend without a skipper so I could have somebody to sail with after Brad decided he would be better spending the week with the doctors. We had two starts today, the second of which went off under the threat of black flag. Usually this means line [...]

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    Third in race three + interview

    We finally* got a chance to redeem ourselves from yesterday’s black flag. We started in champagne sailing conditions: 8-12 steady knots, flat water and 75 degrees near the mid-line mark. Chris and I were able to hold in a tough lane for just long enough that we could tack and cross most of the fleet [...]

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    14 in Race 4

    A blustery forecast greeted us today in Miami but didn’t materialize. We tightened our settings anticipating a breezier race but still had good speed as the wind fizzled out as the weather moved across northern Florida. Chris and I broke out to the right hand side after starting near the boat end but ultimately had [...]

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    No Racing on Day 5

    We were postponed ashore today after serious bands of weather moved across much of the eastern us including southern Florida. We had a couple good inches of rain in Miami along with one bolt of lightning but none of the extreme winds they had only a few hundred miles north and west of us. The [...]

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    13th at Bacardi Cup. Regatta ends with big breeze

    **Not racing on Friday had the star fleet anxious for two races on Saturday regardless of forecast. Twenty knot westerly breeze filled into Biscayne Bay for the first of two scheduled races. The blast reach out to the race course barely gave us a taste of what we would see in the day’s race. Chris [...]

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    Olympic Training to Congressional Cup

    Last week was the first of two physical testing camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the US Sailing Team Alphagraphics and development squad. Some sixty sailors were living in the dorms, hitting the weights and scrambling in and out of pool drills in three and a half days of physical tests, [...]

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    5-1 on Con Cup Day 2

    Another fluky day greeted sailors on he second day of Congressional Cup 2010. The seabreeze didn’t quite fill until about three in the afternoon. On board Team Hardesty we were able to execute our decisions a little better than yesterday and had a little luck on our side that we lacked previously and had [...]

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    2-2 on Thursday. Fight for Semis on today at Con Cup

    Team Hardesty had the toughest four races of the ten team lineup yesterday racing defending champions Bernsson and Brady as well as tour leaders Bruni and Iehl. While we were leading in all four races we took a couple rough penalties against the seasoned veterans giving te Swedish and Azurra teams enough victories to confirm [...]

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    Into the Semi Finals against Brady Saturday

    Another fabulous day of weather here in Lomg Beach provided Congressional Cup racers with 8-12 knots of steady breeze and spectators some very close racing. Team Hardesty pull together the first two races of the day today against Monin and Barkow to clinch the spot in the final four boats tomorrow. We dropped our last [...]

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