With names such as Russell COUTTS (NZL), Ben AINSLIE (GBR) and Chris DICKSON (NZL) amongst a medal list which reads like a whos who of sailing, it is no surprise that the ISAF Youth Worlds has gained a reputation as the Youth Olympics. In July, the young stars of the sailing world would get their opportunity to shine on a global stage, whilst outside of Korea the sailing year rumbled on apace.
Youth Takes To The World Stage In Korea
GILMOUR On Fire As Louis Vuitton Acts Get Underway
Olympians Contest World And European Titles
JOYON Headlines Record Breaking Glut
World Titles Decided Around The World
London Gets 2012 Olympics And Sailing Stays On The Programme
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The Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship was to take centre stage in July, but one month before then Connect To Sailing, an ISAF initiative to encourage grassroots level sailing with a focus on youth, launched its own website at www.sailing.org/ConnectToSailing.
Come the end of June though, the focus was back on the racing to come in Busan, Korea. Amongst the line up in the Mistral, the Real Federacin Espaola de Vela team would feature current World Champion Blanca MANCHON, looking to add gold to her Youth Worlds medal tally of silver and bronze. Meanwhile the team from Israel would feature 2004 silver medallist in the Mistral Boys Nimrod MASHIAH, and the Volvo Trophy holders, France had selected 2004 silver medallist in the Mistral Girls Anne Sophie LE PAGE.
|'There are definitely some contenders
for future Olympic Champions on the
water here this week.'
470 Athens silver medallist Joe GLANFIELD is impressed by the
Away from the buildup to Busan, the Optimist North American Championship saw Perus Alex ZIMMERMAN win in Tobago, whilst midway through July Jess Lyhne BONDE (DEN) and Emily DELLENBAUGH (USA) won at the Nivea Optimist European Championship.
On 16 July, racing got underway in Busan at one of the biggest ISAF Youth Worlds ever, with 48 nations competing. Paige RAILEY (USA) got her campaign off to a flying start in the Laser Radial with two bullets and a second, only bettered by a perfect two win start from Lukasz GRODZICKI (POL) in the Mistral Boys and Marie LUMEAU and Claire BOSSARD (FRA) in the 420 Girls. On day two the Japanese 420 Boys team Wataru SAITO and Hiroto YOSHINAGA scored two bullets to lift them top, as did MANCHON in the Mistral, whilst GRODZICKI scored three to maintain an unblemished record.
By day three Singapores Wee Chin TEO and Terence KOH had overtaken the Japanese boys to take the lead in the 420, whilst an OCS for MANCHON dropped her back to second. In the Hobie 16, 2004 silver medallist Julien VILLION and Martin BATAILLE (FRA) tied with Evan WALKER and Kyle LANGFORD (AUS) at the top with 2004 Champions Tom PHIPPS and Jon COOK (GBR) just behind in third. Meanwhile in the Laser, Rutger VAN SCHAARDENBURG (NED) and Giles SCOTT (GBR) were neck and neck in first place.
|Korea hosted a fantastic ISAF Youth Worlds|
Aside from the battle for medals, young sailors from developing sailing nations were gaining invaluable experience they could take back home with them. Representing their nations for the first time ever at the ISAF Youth Worlds were the Bahamas Alyson MYERS and Luis Roberto RAMIREZ from El Salvador thanks to funding from the ISAF Athlete Participation Programme. They and a host of other youngsters were making great strides under the guidance of experienced onsite coach Jim SALTONSTLL (GBR).
Amongst the personal battle for honours the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship also introduces a battle for national honours with the Volvo Trophy going to the most successful nation. Just past the halfway stage and eight-time winners and holders France were leading from Great Britain and a revitalized USA team.
Following the lay day, LUMEAU and BOSSARD and GRODZICKI were within touching distance of their respective titles, whilst SCOTT had taken solo leadership in the Laser and MANCHON was back on top in the Mistral. In the Laser Radial RAILEY still held the lead, but now Chinas Xu LIJIA was within six points after the American went OCS in the final race of the day.
Come the end of the penultimate day of the Championship and LUMEAU and BOSSARD, GRODZICKI and MANCHON had their fleets sewn up. LIJIA had move a point closer to RAILEY, SCOTT held a single point advantage in the Laser, TEO and KOH held a four point lead in the 420 and WALKER and LANGFORD had edged just a point ahead in the Hobie 16.
And that was to be as things stayed, with fog on the final day removing any hope of the last races taking place. So TEO and KOH secured Singapores first ever ISAF Youth Worlds gold medal, and Asia's first outside the windsurfing events, and RAILEY earnt her second. Buoyed by the gold medal success of LUMEAU and BOSSARD, three silvers and a bronze France walked away with the Volvo Trophy for the ninth time. Britain took second place with Spain third, the USA fourth and Italy fifth. With LIJIAs silver in the Radial leading the way, the Chinese team finished sixth, ahead of former winners Australia and New Zealand. Overall the top ten Volvo Trophy standing featured teams from Europe, Asia, Oceania and North and South America.
Korea had hosted a superb ISAF Youth Worlds, with 73 races on Suyong Bay providing drama right to the end and all seven gold medals going to sailors from different nations.
After losing her top spot in the ISAF World Match Race Rankings to Claire LEROY (FRA), Marie BJRLING (SWE) was quick to fight back, winning a weather curtailed ISAF Grade 1 BoatU.S. Santa Maria Cup in the USA. A fortnight later the worlds top match racers took centre stage as the first of six Louis Vuitton Acts for the year got underway in Valencia, Spain.
|Peter GILMOUR scored another victory at the Swedish
Match Cup along with Malin MILLBOURN
|Guido Cantini/Swedish Match Tour and Dan Ljungsvik|
China Team scored their first ever Americas Cup victory over South African Team Shosholoza but it was the Defender Alinghi who was to prove the star of the show, at the start of a dominant year for the Swiss outfit. They won all eleven of their matches with Emirates Team New Zealand beating BMW ORACLE Racing in the final flight to take second place.
As the Americas Cup fever briefly dipped, the ISAF Womens Match Racing World Championship invites were issued based on the ISAF World Match Race Rankings released on 22 June. Back to back wins at Match Race Germany and the ACI H1 Cup saw Peter GILMOUR (AUS) topple Ed BAIRD (USA) from the number one spot.
The big syndicates were soon back in the limelight however, as the Louis Vuitton Act 5 saw the pinnacle match racers of the world pitted against each other in a series of fleet races. Following the disqualification for Victory Challenge, Luna Rossa won on countback from the ever present Alinghi.
|'I don't have a preference for
match racing or fleet racing. My
only preference is for winning!'
Luna Rossa skipper Francesco DE ANGELIS is all in favour of
Match racing moved on to Italy where Paolo CIAN (ITA) won the ISAF Grade 1 Trofeo Challenge Roberto Trombini. Next up, the ISAF Grade 1 Swedish Match Cup brought together the cream of the match racing crop. GILMOUR confirmed his status as World number one with a 3-2 final win over Magnus HOLMBERG (SWE). A result which saw him secure the 2004/2005 Swedish Match Tour crown. In the Womens Cup Malin MILLBOURN won an all Swedish final against BJRLING.
GILMOURs winning streak was eventually brought to an end by Peter HOLMBERG (ISV) in the semi final of the ISAF Grade 1 PTPortugal Match Cup, with the Alinghi helm going on to defeat Finn Olympic Champion Ben AINSLIE (GBR) in the final.
June began with the fifth release of the year for the ISAF World Sailing Rankings which saw three changes in the top positions following on from the ISAF Grade 1 Holland Regatta in Medemblik. Ben AINSLIE (GBR) returned to the top spot in the Finn, Gideon KLIGER and Ehud GAL (ISR) took over number one in the 470s whilst Roland GAEBLER and Gunnar STRUCKMANN (GER) moved into the lead in the Tornado.
|Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ triumphed at the Tornado Worlds whilst
Russell COUTTS was a familiar face back at Kieler Woche
|Benoit Hervochon AF Tornado and Mick Anderson/FOTOM/SEASEE.IT|
Gdynia, Poland hosted the ISAF Grade C1 470 European Championship midway through June with gold medals going to longtime leaders of the Rankings Ingrid PETITJEAN and Nadge DOUROUX (FRA) in the womens fleet and Argentineans Javier CONTE and Juan DE LA FUENTE in the men, whilst Nick ROGERS and Joe GLANFIELD (GBR) were crowned European Champions for the second year running.
Shortly after the ISAF Grade W Tornado World Championship took centre stage as the second World Championship of 2005 within the Olympic Classes. It proved to be a high scoring affair in La Rochelle, France with only two crews scoring under 75 points in the nine race series.
However those two proved to be neck and neck through the Championship and on a dramatic last day Leigh MCMILLAN and Will HOWDEN (GBR) looked to have claimed gold after Holland Regatta winners Fernando ECHAVARRI and Anton PAZ (ESP) went OCS in the last race. However after protest and supporting evidence, redress was given to the Spanish pair giving them their first World title.
The Olympic Classes were back again for the 123rd edition of the ISAF Grade 1 Kieler Woche in Germany. Russell COUTTS (NZL) was amongst the famous names in attendance, competing in the Star fleet and back for the first time in 15 years. However victory in the Star went to recent convert from the Finn Mateusz KUSZNIEREWICZ with crew Dominik ZYCKI (POL), with the other winners including young Australian ISAF Youth Worlds gold medallists Elise RECHICHI and Tessa PARKINSON in the 470 and Paul GOODISON (GBR), who got the better of bert SCHEIDT (BRA) in the Laser.
'We have been training hard,
New Tornado World Champion Fernando
On 29 June, ECHAVARRI and PAZs win at the Worlds gave them top spot in the ISAF World Sailing Rankings. The Spaniards were one of three new leaders along with Alvaro MARINHO and Miguel NUNES (POR) in the 470 and Jonas HOEGH-CHRISTENSEN (DEN) in the Finn.
The first weekend of July saw perfect conditions for the ISAF Grade 3 Austrian Lakes Week sailed on Lake Neusiedl, Austria. An excellent regatta which saw victories go to Olympic gold medallists Roman HAGARA and Hans Peter STEINACHER (AUT) in the Tornado and silver medallist Andreas GERITZER (AUT) in the Laser, and was a great boost to the organizers as they prepare for the ISAF World Sailing Games next year. Hungary also saw action in the fleets at the ISAF Grade 3 International Balaton Sailing Week.
Back in Austria, another World title was up for grabs in the Yngling, and it was the American team of Sally BARKOW, Carrie HOWE and Debbie CAPOZZI who won the wind starved regatta to add the Yngling World Championship to the match racing one they had won in 2004.
|Francis JOYON flew across the Atlantic in record breaking time|
|F. VAN MALLEGHEM/DPPI/SEASEE.IT|
Mari-Cha IV got June of to a record breaking start, smashing the 100 year old Rolex Transatlantic Challenge record by over two and a half days. However in her battle with the New Zealand owned Maximus, Mari-Cha IV faltered, losing out on correct time to her rival. There was also success for another New Zealand maxi Konica Minolta who wiped over a day off the record in winning the Auckland to Suva Race. Mari-Cha IV was back at the front of the fleet again for the Rolex Race Around the Isle of Wight, taking line honours for the second time in a fortnight. A few days later Franco MANZOLI (ITA) and Cotonella were celebrating as they claimed victory in the Faraday Mill OSTAR.
A few days later there was more evidence of the increasing Chinese presence in the sailing world, when just a few weeks after their first ever Americas Cup challenge was accepted, the hosts for the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, Qingdao, entered the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Over in Genoa, Italy Roberto FERRERO's North Sails Sportswear was rewarded by a brave dash for the line with victory in the Giraglia Rolex Cup.
Maximus was back to winning ways towards the end of June, winning the JPMorgan Round The Island Race in the Isle of Wight, Great Britain. Moving into July and Swedish entry to the Volvo Ocean Race Ericsson Racing Team unveiled its new VO 70.
Meanwhile Francis JOYON (FRA) was rocketing across the Atlantic on his IDEC trimaran in his attempt to break the notoriously difficult eleven year old Transatlantic record. JOYON was certainly flying along and on 2-3 July broke the single-handed 24 hour distance run record, recording 543 nm. By 6 July, JOYON had finished and completed his mission, not just breaking the record, but beating it by almost and a day and setting a new mark of 6 days, 4 hours, 1 minute and 37 seconds for the 2,925 nm he covered.
|'I really believe the boat worked
harder than I did in getting
these two records.'
Francis JOYON takes a very modest attitude to smashing
It was not long before more records fell, this time the Round Australia record to Olivier DE KERSAUSON (FRA) and crew on Geronimo and the Cadiz to San Salvador single-handed record to Thomas COVILLE (FRA) onboard Sodebo. COVILLE and Sodebo were soon breaking records again, setting a new Miami to New York single-handed record.
Later in the month, records may not have fallen, but you would not have known it gathering from the celebrations of Global Challenge winners BG SPIRIT, after they won the final leg of the race to take the title. By 25 July the celebrations had shifted to Hawaii as Hasso PLATTNER's Morning Glory crew won the Centennial Transpacific Yacht Race and smashed the race record. Rosebud went on to claim the King Kalakaua Trophy for corrected time.
Olympic silver medallists in the Tornado, John LOVELL and Charlie OGLETREE (USA) successfully defended the International Catamaran Challenge Trophy in Italy. A few days later in France, Pierre-Loic BERTHET and his crew aboard Bouygues Telecom were crowned Mumm 30 World Champions. Later in June top sailors from around the world gathered in Switzerland for what turned out to be the slowest Bol d'Or Rolex race in 22 years.
15 years ago Sir Francis CHICHESTERs (GBR) Gipsy Moth IV had been resigned to a concrete dry-dock in London, Great Britain after a famous solo circumnavigation. However on 20 June Gipsy Moth IV was re-launched with another round the world trip planned for the famous vessel.
|A host of World Championships in June and July saw the
IMS Offshore Worlds in Spain and the 29ers race in front
of the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
|Carlo Borlenghi/Rolex and Pamela Salisbury,
A day before Gipsy Moth IV took to the water American Matt PRITCHARD won the Estoril Guincho PWA World Cup in Portugal, whilst a few days later sailing took centre stage in Moldova at the Olympic Days regatta. Meanwhile in the new Olympic windsurfer equipment the Cadiz Race was launched for October, whilst Spain hosted the Mediterranean Games. Over in the USA a real beauty windy day was the perfect end to the Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex. Moving on to France at the end of June Pete MELVIN (USA) was crowned A-Catamaran World Champion. Shortly after in Italy, Laser Radial Youth World Champion, Jean Baptiste BERNAZ (FRA) added the Byte World Championship to his growing list of honours.
The PWA World Tour rolled back into action in Gran Canaria, Spain, with Daida MORENO (ESP) beating her sister in the final and Ricardo CAMPELLO (VEN) coming out top amongst the men. Moving to Australia and the Tasar World Championship went to the father and daughter team of Rob and Nicole DOUGLASS. Over in the Netherlands Tjarco TIMMERMANS, Jurjen FEITSMA, Fanny VAN LEEUWEN and Ivan PEULE (NED) were crowned J/22 World Champions. Before July was two weeks old Jacqui BONNITCHA (AUS) became the first women 29er World Champion with crew Euan MCNICOL, Lars IDMYR, Peter ANDERSSON and Sebastian CHRISTENSON (SWE) won the H-Boat World Championship, whilst the Danish team helmed by Flemming FJORD lifted the X-99 World title.
Later in July World titles were to go to Ruairidh SCOTTs (GBR) Team Volvo at the Silva J/80 World Championship and repeat winners Darren BUNDOCK and Glenn ASHBY (AUS) at the Formula 18 World Championship. Meanwhile in Brazil multiple World Champion Robert SCHEIDT helped Odoy to handicap honours in the Peter Blake Around the Island Regatta at the Ilhabela Sailing Week. Over in Spain, Marta Mas BORRELLs Azur de Puig swept to victory at the Rolex IMS Offshore World Championship.
A flurry of World Championships at the end of July saw titles go to James RUSDEN and Erin CLARK in the Cadet, Javi PORTO and Antn Alberto MARTN in the Vaurien, Penny SIMMONS (BER) and crew in the International One Design and Nick CRAIG (GBR) in the OK Dinghy.
In the World of disabled sailing, the start of June saw IFDS announce a YES (Young Enabled Sailors) Asia Conference for Singapore in November. Then in July the IFDS Multihull World Championship returned to Lake Okanagan in Kelowna, Canada with home sailors Danny MCCOY and Larry ROBINSON (CAN) claiming the World title ahead of defending champions Mike and Carl STRALE (USA).
The preparations for Beijing 2008 continued apace with the IOCs Coordination Commission visiting the hosts, whilst the 2012 Olympics were centre stage a few days later when the IOC released the Evaluation Committees report on the five candidate cities. Olympic success has been a common feature amongst many of the winners of the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, and on 6 June ISAF again began the process to select the best sailors of the year for 2004/2005 as they invited nominations for the prestigious Awards.
|London won the fight to host the
2012 Olympic Games and sailing
kept it's place on the Olympic
The Olympics were again the focus when the IOC released its Olympic Programme Commission a few weeks before the sports for the Olympic Programme of 2012 were to be announced. That decision would take place at the IOC Session in Singapore, but first the focus would shift to where the Olympics would be held in 2012, and after a frenzied few days of lobbying in Singapore, London was chosen as hosts, with the Olympic Sailing Competition set to take place in Weymouth. By 8 July the IOC had voted to include 26 of 28 current Olympic sports on the programme for 2012, with baseball and softball losing out.
'Sailing must continue
ISAF President Gran PETERSSON looks to
Following on from the IOC Session, ISAF President Gran PETERSSON (SWE) visited the National Sailing Centre, the home of Singapore Sailing where he signed the final agreement on the RS:X with Neil PRYDE (USA).
Shortly after ISAF announced their first set of plans for the 2007 Centenary celebrations including the Sail the World Festival and the Sailor of the Century Awards.
Meanwhile for Umpires, the ISAF IU News and Library page provided a handy all encompassing source of information, whilst over in the US Virgin Islands the ISAF Race Management Clinic was one of a host to take place during a busy mid-year period. On the national front US SAILING launched the Yacht Club Partner Programme, a fundraising programme to increase support for future U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls and Chief Executive of the RYA Rod CARR was awarded an OBE.
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