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Farr 40 Worlds – Defending Champion Takes Early Lead

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

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Rolex Farr 40 Leaders Maintain Fleet Standings

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Miami Beach, Fla., USA – In a stark contrast to yesterday’s 18-knot winds and lumpy seas, today’s light-air conditions gave the international fleet competing in the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship a new challenge. With a total of six races completed so far in the 10-race series, Italian teams hold the top two spots — Mascalzone Latino in first, with a three point lead, over Joe Fly in second. (more…)

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Taking Home a Memorable Experience Regardless of Finish

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

Sally Barkow of Nashotah, Wis. and her crew of Amanda Callahan (Canton, Mass.), Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) and Annie Lush (Poole, U.K.) have won one of the world’s most prestigious women’s sailing regattas: US SAILING’s 2007 Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship. Sailing as Team 7, the four women topped a 39-boat fleet that included many impressive competitors such as skipper Cory Sertl (Rochester, N.Y.), a Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, and skipper Anna Tunnicliffe (Plantation, Fla.), an Olympic hopeful in the Laser Radial class, who finished second and third overall, respectively. Racing took place on Galveston Bay and was hosted at the Houston Yacht Club, in Shoreacres, Texas.
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Junior Women Sailors Take the “Next Step”

Monday, November 12th, 2007

LaPorte, Texas – The 25 young women sailors gathered at Houston Yacht Club this weekend had one thought in mind: To learn as much about sailing, the sport they love. Through the Next Step to Rolex Program they had the opportunity of a lifetime, spending two days in the classroom and on the water, learning from high-level coaches. The girls, age 14-17, flew into LaPorte, Texas from all parts of the country – representing nine States from as far away as Coronado, Calif. and Rochester, N.Y. – to take part in the core outreach program of US SAILING’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship. Led by Joanne Kolius and her husband John Kolius, an Olympic Silver Medalist, the weekend featured all-day clinics with the focus on making the transition from dinghies to keelboats. (more…)

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Women’s Championship Fleet Heads to Houston

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

La Porte, Texas – With the November 1 entry deadline closed for US SAILING’s upcoming Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC), 41 international teams representing four countries and 12 U.S. states have entered including two-time defending champion Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.) with her Team 7. The biennial regatta, celebrating its 12th anniversary of offering women of all abilities the opportunity for top-level competition, is scheduled for November 14-17 and hosted by the Houston Yacht Club in LaPorte, Texas. The 11-race series features evening social activities and culminates with the traditional Rolex gala and awards presentation where a Rolex timepiece will be awarded to the winning boat’s skipper. (more…)

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Spithill Wins Rolex Osprey Cup

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

St. Petersburg, Florida – Australia’s Katie Spithill won the 2007 Rolex Osprey Cup – one of only two ISAF Grade 1 women’s match racing events in the U.S. – held at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club (St. Petersburg, Fla.), from October 18-21. Along with crew Nina Curtis, Jessica Eastwell and Kristen Short, Spithill defeated Giulia Conti (Toscolano Maderno, Italy) in three straight matches in the ‘first to win three’ format. In the semi-final round Spithill knocked out another pre-race favorite #4 ranked Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), a two-time world champion. In the other semi-final match, Conti defeated Liz Baylis (San Rafael, Calif.), a past Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and the current U.S. Women’s Match Racing champion. Barkow, the 2005 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, went on to defeat Baylis in the round to decide third and fourth place, or the ‘petit-final’ as it is called in match racing, with a score of 3-1. (more…)

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Familiar Names Slated For U.S. Championship of Champions

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Portsmouth, R.I. – When racing starts at the U.S. Championship of Champions this Thursday, October 18 at Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego, Calif., the starting line will be packed with familiar names from across the country’s one-design sailing community. This should be no surprise, the event – which wraps up on Saturday, October 20 – is known as one of the toughest one-design competitions since it brings together the country’s top 19 one-design sailors of all ages who have won major events in their respective one-design classes in the last year. The Championship, sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Dry Creek Vineyard, is held in a different one-design boat every year in a different part of the country. (more…)

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Osprey Cup Set for October 18-21

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

St. Petersburg, Florida – Later this month, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club (St. Petersburg, Fla.) will host some of the world’s most accomplished sailors during the Rolex Osprey Cup, an International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 1 women’s match racing regatta. Scheduled for October 18-21, the regatta will feature 10 international teams, including the world’s #3 ranked Team Acuity, skippered by Katie Spithill (Pittwater, Australia). Spithill, the runner-up at the 2007 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship, will compete against nine other top skippers including #4 ranked Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.), a two-time world champion and Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, and Liz Baylis (San Rafael, Calif.), also a past Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year and the current U.S. Women’s Match Racing champion. Racing takes place daily on Tampa Bay in Sonar class keelboats, within viewing range of the St. Petersburg Municipal Pier.
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Rolex Miami OCR: Half the Classes Twice the Intensity

Thursday, October 4th, 2007

Miami, Fla. – Though it will have fewer classes for its 2008 edition, US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR again will fulfill an annual promise to supply world-class racing to sailors eyeing the next Olympic and Paralympic Games. The event, scheduled for its 19th running January 27 to February 2, will deliver elite level competition in four of the Olympic classes (Laser, Laser Radial, Star, and Yngling) and all three Paralympic classes (2.4mR, SKUD-18, and Sonar) chosen for the 2008 Games in Qingdao, China. Racing will be eliminated, however, for another seven of the Olympic classes (49er, 470 Men & Women, Finn, Neil Pryde RS:X Men & Women, and Tornado) due to near-direct conflicts with their world championships held overseas. (more…)

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Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year Awards – Nominating Now

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. – With the change of seasons follows the opportunity to recognize those U.S. sailors who have collected impressive regatta results at home and abroad in 2007. Starting today, US SAILING is accepting nominations for its Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards, widely acknowledged as the foremost individual sailing honors in the nation. Through November 30, 2007, every member of US SAILING may nominate the male and female sailor they think has turned in the most outstanding on-the-water performance during the 2007 calendar year. Nominations can be made online through US SAILING’s website at www.ussailing.org/awards/rolex.
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