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    2011 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Named, Training Continues

    Press Release for the 2011 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphicsThe big news this week is the naming of the 2011 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. Ian and I were named to the team. It doesn’t seem like its possible, but this is the tenth anniversary of my being named to the 2001 US Sailing Team in the [...]

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    2nd in Bacardi Cup Race 1

    Ian and I managed to get out by ourselves on the left side of the first race yesterday here at the 84th Bacardi Cup. 89 boats started and we had only one boat to beat going down the last run. Norway’ Eivind and Petter held us off, but we scampered across the line second for [...]

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    28th and DNS in Races 2 & 3 at Bacardi Cup

    After a fast start to the series down here we’ve slowed down to a complete stop on Wednesday at the Bacardi Cup. We fought hard from a top mark rounding in the 30s in race 2 Tuesday and made gains into the 20 range, but gave away a few boats on the final beat to [...]

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    AP over A on Thursday at Bacardi Cup

    “AP over A” means the race committee put up the Postponement flag above the blue and white Alpha flag indicating that races were canceled for the day and postponed to Friday. Heavy rain and thunder rolled across the sky at about 1215 local time (that would have been halfway up our first beat). The other [...]

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    Wacky Northerly on Biscayne Bay

      We had a smoking north breeze overnight and yesterday morning, 15-22 knots. By he time racing started the onshore heating had caused the breeze to destabilize and the conditions were crazy for our two races. 30+ degree shifts and puffs bear 25 beside lulls of 10 were not uncommon. The score sheet reflects the wildness [...]

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    Bacardi Cup Finishes in Less-than-inspiring Fashion

    Friday and Saturday on Biscayne Bay were not your standard days of sailing. The post-frontal northerly created havoc on the racecourse blasting the fleet with 30 degree shifts and wild variations in wind-strength. We sailed two races in Friday’s crazy conditions and one on Saturday. All three races had massive shifts through the course and [...]

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    To Europe

    We’re on the road again. It’s already been 10 days, starting with a four-day physical training camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Meetings, lectures, workouts and more workouts were gapped with good food in the cafeteria and the Pan Am Games Boxing Trials going on while we were there.*After CO Springs [...]

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    Smoker on Day 1, Trofeo Princesa Sofia - Palma, ESP

    Old Palma New Starboat, Photo: Leandro SpinaIt was a wild one here in Palma today. The forecast was for potentially breezy conditions, but only a few models had the breeze coming on as hard as it did. We sailed out for the first race of the regatta from a warm dock unsuspectingly into 25 knots [...]

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    NE turns to Seabreeze on Day 2 at Palma

    After an hour postponement ashore the RC called us to the course for racing in a fading Northeasterly. Wild conditions yesterday relented to a timid 12 knots and quickly subsided to flat calm after the first race. We started the second race in painfully light air, but it quickly died and shifted 100 degrees right [...]

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    Light and Odd Day 3 for Star Fleet

    After a short postponement on shore today we were rushed out to the racecourse to try and get one race off in a fading northeasterly. The offshore breezes here are very unstable and as the island heats up the seabreeze is quick to dominate the weather pattern. Sure enough after an hour and a half [...]

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    Stellar Day 4 at Palma - 2nd into Final Day before Medal Race

    Team USA Lineup. Photo by Leandro Spina It was a long day at the RCNP today, but well worth the time for us as we scored three big races in a light seabreeze. The day set up very similar to our training days with nearly flat calm upon our arrival to the yacht club, clear skies [...]

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    Day 5 is a Rough One, Medal Race Saturday 1250pm Local Time

    We had a couple tough races today and slipped back into 5th overall going into tomorrow’s medal race. Heres’ the interview from sailingteams.ussailing.org. The medal race is tomorrow afternoon, and if you’re awake to follow along check www.trofeoprincesasofia.org. We’ll be on Echo Course at 1 o’clock.

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    6th at Trofeo Princesa Sofia

    Unfortunately, we had a bit of an ugly start to our medal race in Palma. We were pretty fired up to have a good race with good potential to move back up the leaderboard and get onto the podium with a good finish in the ten-boat final race. The only potential snag I could foresee [...]

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    CISA Clinic 2011

    In the break between the Spanish and French World Cup events in the Star, I headed to Long Beach for the four-day annual CISA Clinic. CISA sets the standard for youth clinics in the US with more than 100 elite junior sailors and 15+ coaches. Six classes are filled by resume: 29er, I420, C420, FJ, [...]

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    43rd French Olympic Sailing Week

    We’re two days into the next regatta on the Sailing World Cup here in Hyeres, France. The south of France is living up to it’s name on Day 3: Sunny and warm but not a breath of air so far. The training leading into the regatta showed why tourist season doesn’t start until May. We [...]

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    Three Races on Day 5, In 5th going into Medal Race

    Ian and I managed three good races today in Hyeres. The breeze slowly crept up into reasonable conditions this afternoon as we pushed through three races. We had a 3, 8, 10 according to the scores. The final race of the series was a battle for the finish. We had been in about 18th around [...]

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    Three Races in the Final Fleet Racing Day at Hyeres, 5th into Medal Race

    Ian and I managed three good races today in Hyeres. The breeze slowly crept up into reasonable conditions this afternoon as we pushed through three races. We had a 3, 8, 10 according to the scores. The final race of the series was a battle for the finish. We had been in about 18th around [...]

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    Fluky Day 4 at Hyeres

    After such a windy start to the week the breeze has fizzled here in Hyeres. Today we had an early start time and got a race going in a light and fading easterly. While the Sonars got around the same track just fine with two races, the Star class had a few fitful starting sequences [...]

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    6th at Hyeres SOF

    The weather as soon as our race finished turned into a day of stellar sailing here in France. 12-16 knots, sunny and 70 degrees, waves picking up… The key phrase: just after our race. Luckily* for the stars, we sailed in the drainage breeze off the mountains at our 1015 start (* asterisk denotes sarcasm). [...]

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    The Star Class Case for 2016

    For a little light reading in support of the ISAF meetings going on this week in Russia, here is the Star Class’ case for its inclusion in the Olympic Program for the 2016 Games in Brazil. http://www.starclass.org/PDF/ISAFmeeting2011.pdf

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