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Welcome to Match Racing DVD

Posted on 23 June 2010 by Valencia Sailing

Welcome to Match Racing DVD Available FREE this Summer at NorthU.com.

North U. is set to release a new match racing DVD called Welcome To Match Racing and will give away the first 1,000 copies free of charge. Hosted by three-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Perry, who is the author of Understanding the Racing Rules of Sailing and the coach of the U.S. Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Women’s Match Race Team, this DVD takes viewers through the basics of match racing from start to finish. With a release date set for the beginning of July, a generous donor who wants to expose match racing to as many people as possible in North America has funded the development and free distribution of the DVD.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to give away copies of Welcome to Match Racing,” said Bill Gladstone, Director of North U. “Dave Perry does an excellent job explaining the basics of match racing and introducing the sport to newcomers. After watching the DVD, viewers will have a better understanding of how to properly match race and how to get involved with match racing,” continued Gladstone. “Even for experienced match racers, this video is a great refresher and gives excellent examples of proper tactical decisions and the how’s and why’s of match racing.”

The Welcome to Match Racing DVD covers match racing from start to finish. It begins by covering the three parts of a match race start: entry and initial meeting; middle segment; and final approach. Next, viewers learn about upwind and downwind tactics for both leading and trailing boats, along with mark rounding tactics. Perry also covers the match race umpiring and delayed penalty system.

The curriculum of Welcome to Match Racing is derived from the Women’s International Match Racing Association (WIMRA)/North U. Introduction to Match Racing clinics which have been offered worldwide for the past three years. Welcome to Match Racing includes videos from championship match races and animations created by North U. Director Bill Gladstone.

To get a free copy, be one of the first 1,000 people to RSVP on the North U. Web site: www.NorthU.com

***Note: The Free DVD is available for shipping in North America Only.

For International Requests please visit www.NorthU.com for further instructions. The cost to receive the DVD internationally is US$20 which includes shipping.

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Giant leap in US match racing in the making?

Posted on 27 September 2009 by Valencia Sailing

A major shift appears to be taking place in US college sailing. College/University sailing in the US will likely be making a change next year, scrapping its sloops/keel boat championship and switching to match racing. The philosophy behind the change is that match racing ia big part of the future of sailing and it is the one aspect of the sport where US colleges do not produce experts straight out of school.

The ICSA (Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of North America) produces just about all elite US sailors, including Ed Baird, Terry Hutchinson, and Anna Tunnicliffe,as well as the last several world team racing champions. If this change is made, one can expect the caliber of US produced match racers to grow rapidly.

In the ICSA board meeting that took place last January in Park City, Utah it was decided that a “Sloops Working Party” be created in order to investigate the future of college sloops, specifically looking at match racing. In the following meeting in San Francisco last May, Stanford University Coach John Vandemoer (husband of US Olympic Match Racing sailor Molly Vandemoer, who finished 3rd last week at Sail for Gold in the UK) presented his “Report of the Sloops Working Party”. The minutes of the ICSA board meetings can be accessed here.

Where this gets bigger is that the ICSA would like to work with US Sailing, to automatically get the winner of the new college match racing championship a berth to the US Match Racing Championship, as well as other Grade 2 or 1 events in the US. The ICSA hopes its sailors could rapidly overtake the current fleet of US Match Racers, since they already team race so well. The weakness for college sailors will be keel boat teamwork and boat handling skill, but that has not been hard to learn for other ex-college sailors.

Without any question this should help grow the sport. The US is about to really start focusing on match racing, which generally played a secondary role in the past. The fleets will get more competitive and more teams will be trying to get into events.

Terry Hutchinson, here at the helm of Quantum Racing, was College Sailor of the Year in 1989 and 1990. Cartagena, 14 September 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Giant leap in US match racing in the making?

Posted on 27 September 2009 by Valencia Sailing

A major shift appears to be taking place in US college sailing. College/University sailing in the US will likely be making a change next year, scrapping its sloops/keel boat championship and switching to match racing. The philosophy behind the change is that match racing ia big part of the future of sailing and it is the one aspect of the sport where US colleges do not produce experts straight out of school.

The ICSA (Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association of North America) produces just about all elite US sailors, including Ed Baird, Terry Hutchinson, and Anna Tunnicliffe,as well as the last several world team racing champions. If this change is made, one can expect the caliber of US produced match racers to grow rapidly.

In the ICSA board meeting that took place last January in Park City, Utah it was decided that a “Sloops Working Party” be created in order to investigate the future of college sloops, specifically looking at match racing. In the following meeting in San Francisco last May, Stanford University Coach John Vandemoer (husband of US Olympic Match Racing sailor Molly Vandemoer, who finished 3rd last week at Sail for Gold in the UK) presented his “Report of the Sloops Working Party”. The minutes of the ICSA board meetings can be accessed here.

Where this gets bigger is that the ICSA would like to work with US Sailing, to automatically get the winner of the new college match racing championship a berth to the US Match Racing Championship, as well as other Grade 2 or 1 events in the US. The ICSA hopes its sailors could rapidly overtake the current fleet of US Match Racers, since they already team race so well. The weakness for college sailors will be keel boat teamwork and boat handling skill, but that has not been hard to learn for other ex-college sailors.

Without any question this should help grow the sport. The US is about to really start focusing on match racing, which generally played a secondary role in the past. The fleets will get more competitive and more teams will be trying to get into events.

Terry Hutchinson, here at the helm of Quantum Racing, was College Sailor of the Year in 1989 and 1990. Cartagena, 14 September 2009. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Francesco Bruni wins the Trieste Challenge after beating Paolo Cian

Posted on 21 October 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Francesco Bruni is the winner of the Trieste Challenge – La Sfida 2007. The Sicilian sailor’s Sailing Team Progetto Sicilia beat Team Shosholoza’s Paolo Cian 3-1 after a close and exciting final day.

Bruni started the best-of-five final with two straight victories where leadership went back and forth a couple of times, under light wind conditions. With the breeze picking up and reaching 20 knots, Paolo Cian, third in the ISAF world match racing rankings, demonstrated his skills in the third race and beat Bruni who was unable to escape from Cian’s close marking.

The fourth and decisive match could have easily been Cian’s and tied the series. Cian lead from the starting line and managed to increase his advantage to 3 boat lengths up to the last top mark, where a disastrous spinnaker hoist resulted in the spinnaker falling in the sea. Bruni took advantage of Cian’s error and won the race and event.

Francesco Bruni and Paolo Cian race in the Trieste Challenge 2007. Trieste, 21 October 2007. Photo copyright Ray Giubilo & Massimo Silvano

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Francesco Bruni wins the Trieste Challenge after beating Paolo Cian

Posted on 21 October 2007 by Valencia Sailing

Francesco Bruni is the winner of the Trieste Challenge – La Sfida 2007. The Sicilian sailor’s Sailing Team Progetto Sicilia beat Team Shosholoza’s Paolo Cian 3-1 after a close and exciting final day.

Bruni started the best-of-five final with two straight victories where leadership went back and forth a couple of times, under light wind conditions. With the breeze picking up and reaching 20 knots, Paolo Cian, third in the ISAF world match racing rankings, demonstrated his skills in the third race and beat Bruni who was unable to escape from Cian’s close marking.

The fourth and decisive match could have easily been Cian’s and tied the series. Cian lead from the starting line and managed to increase his advantage to 3 boat lengths up to the last top mark, where a disastrous spinnaker hoist resulted in the spinnaker falling in the sea. Bruni took advantage of Cian’s error and won the race and event.

Francesco Bruni and Paolo Cian race in the Trieste Challenge 2007. Trieste, 21 October 2007. Photo copyright Ray Giubilo & Massimo Silvano

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Puerto Calero Match Race

Posted on 01 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

In the beautiful island of Lanzarote, one of Spain’s Canary islands, the second Puerto Calero Match Race is currently taking place. It is a predominantly local race counting towards the Spanish championship and three America’s Cup sailors are participating. They are Jesper Radich of Desafío Español, Iain Percy of +39 Challenge and Marcus Wieser of United Internet Team Germany.

Unfortunately, we have very little information concerning this race. We do know that all races in the second day (Friday 1 December) were cancelled due to lack of winds. Radich is sharing first place with two other Spanish sailors while Percy is fourth, just behind them with the same number of wins but one more race. Finally, Marcus Wieser is tenth with two victories.

The forecast for Saturday calls for stronger winds, up to 8 knots, and the race committee has scheduled racing at 9am in order to carry out as many flights as possible.

Iain Percy racing at the Puerto Calero Match Race. Lanzarote, 1 December 2006. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Jesper Radich racing at the Puerto Calero Match Race. Lanzarote, 1 December 2006. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

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Puerto Calero Match Race

Posted on 01 December 2006 by Valencia Sailing

In the beautiful island of Lanzarote, one of Spain’s Canary islands, the second Puerto Calero Match Race is currently taking place. It is a predominantly local race counting towards the Spanish championship and three America’s Cup sailors are participating. They are Jesper Radich of Desafío Español, Iain Percy of +39 Challenge and Marcus Wieser of United Internet Team Germany.

Unfortunately, we have very little information concerning this race. We do know that all races in the second day (Friday 1 December) were cancelled due to lack of winds. Radich is sharing first place with two other Spanish sailors while Percy is fourth, just behind them with the same number of wins but one more race. Finally, Marcus Wieser is tenth with two victories.

The forecast for Saturday calls for stronger winds, up to 8 knots, and the race committee has scheduled racing at 9am in order to carry out as many flights as possible.

Iain Percy racing at the Puerto Calero Match Race. Lanzarote, 1 December 2006. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

Jesper Radich racing at the Puerto Calero Match Race. Lanzarote, 1 December 2006. Photo copyright Nico Martinez

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