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Sir Ben Ainslie storms up the leaderboard as Extreme Sailing hits Cardiff

“We’ve brought in sailors we are looking to use in the America’s Cup. In
terms of keeping race-sharp, it’s important to stay out there and keep
racing.”

Styling itself the Formula One of sailing, the Extreme Series involves a bunch
of identical catamarans racing in a high speed, quick turnover series of
races, close to the shore in settings around the world. In Cardiff, the
fifth regatta in this season’s series, the crowds lining the dockside were
treated to close-quarter views of tight turns and swift tacks.

“It’s sailing’s version of dodgems,” reckoned Ainslie. “It’s wacky races.
Quite often the guy steering the boat doesn’t know what’s coming next. In
that sense, it is great preparation for the big one.”

Ainslie turns up for each of the 11-race series regattas the day before racing
and leaves after the last race: there is no time for training with his crew.
Not when most of his time these days is consumed in preparations for the
America’s Cup.

“We’ve got about half of the money,” he says of the estimated £80 million he
needs to compete with a British boat. “We’ve got a great group of private
investors, plus government investment for the building programme in
Portsmouth. And this series is great preparation for the crew. We’ve been
slowly moving up the pecking order. That’s good. It’s been everything we
want it to be, commercially, in terms of team building and keeping ourselves
fresh for the bigger races to come.” Now he is poised perfectly for the rest
of the weekend racing.


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Extreme sailing in Cardiff Bay

Sailors from all over the world are in Cardiff to take part in the Extreme Sailing Series

Cardiff Bay plays host to some of the world’s best sailors as the Extreme Sailing Series returns to the Welsh capital for a third consecutive year.

Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup winner Sir Ben Ainslie is amongst those competing over the bank holiday.

The event, which is part of the Cardiff Harbour Festival and will feature a fleet of 40 catamaran, is the UK leg of the competition.

Other legs include St Petersburg, Singapore and Sydney.

Sir Ben, who skippers the British entry J.P.Morgan BAR, said: “It is crazy racing.

“Anyone who has seen the series – or taken part in it – will tell you that the style of the courses, the speed of the boats and the number of boats on any side of the course at one time, means there is a lot of action and a lot of potential for crashes and incidents.

“So it makes for exciting racing and you really have to be on your toes.”

Sir Ben Ainslie (left) chats to Dean Barker at the official skippers press conference in Cardiff.


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International Team Participants Announced For World Blind Match Racing Event

SHEBOYGAN, Wis., Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The best amateur sailing professionals from around the world will compete this September 9-14 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  What’s exciting about this competition is that the participants are all blind.

Event organizers announced the participants of this international event will include teams from:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Great Britain
  • Italy
  • United States

Each team consists of three crew members, each IBSA classified as B1 or B2 blind. With restricted vision, sailors rely on acoustic buoys, and a unique sound system.

The International Association for Disabled Sailors, in conjunction with Sail Sheboygan and the Sailing Education Association of Sheboygan(SEAS) will host the International World Championship of Blind Match Racers September 9-14 on Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Shore. Supporting this special event with volunteers is the International Lions Club, Wisconsin Lions Club and RCS Empowers, Inc. Rehabilitation Center of Sheboygan.

Because Match Racing is a series of races between two boats at a time, the sport is easy to follow and spectator-friendly, even to the sailing novice.  SEAS and Blue Harbor Resort Spa will host spectator stations for the public with a clear view of the race course. A spectator boat is slated to take spectators to the race course. The public is invited to visit the hospitality area or to go out onto the water to watch the action first-hand.

Visit http://www.sailsheboygan.org/IFDS2014BMRWorlds.php for a race schedule and a listing of all of the events related to the Disabled Sailing World Blind Match Racing Championships.  All net proceeds will be used to build an Adaptive Sailing program in Sheboygan.

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is a city known as the “Malibu of the Midwest” for its scenic waterfront, sailing, boating and freshwater surfing.  It has also received many accolades including Best Places to Raise a Family by Bloomberg and other national news organizations.

For information about the event, visit: www.seasheboygan.org


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30th annual Weiss Lake Regatta set for this weekend

Boats from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Ohio and South Carolina will compete in three classes: Catalina Gold, Catalina Silver and Cruisers.

Racing Rules of Sailing will be observed, according to Norbert Falk, a longtime officer of the club.

There will be three races Saturday “depending on the wind,” Falk said, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Sunday’s schedule includes two races, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Falk said each race will be about 2 miles, again depending on the wind.

Awards will be presented after Sunday’s final race — “Most likely near 1 p.m.,” Falk said — and three trophies will be presented in each class.

The public is invited to watch the races from the Rome Sailing Club property along County Road 564. There is no admission charge.

From Leesburg, visitors should turn from U.S. Highway 411 onto Alabama Highway 68, than make a right turn onto County Road 44 (between The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy and First Southern State Bank).

At the first stop sign, turn right and follow RSC signs to County Road 564 and the club’s compound.

Originally organized on a lake near Rome, Ga., the Rome Sailing Club expanded its membership and boats to Weiss Lake almost 50 years ago.

The current headquarters includes anchor space for more than 75 boats, a clubhouse, numerous piers, a large gazebo where club functions are held and several acres of grounds used for picnics and other gatherings.


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