Perth 2011 – ISAF World Championships Coverage

There was a lot of excitement at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships held in Fremantle – Western Australia from 3 December to 18 December 2011. Countries used this event to qualify teams for the limited Olympic Sailing spots at the London 2012 games.

Date Article
November 20, 2011 Perth 2011 images – Training time
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November 21, 2011 Perth 2011 – Canada’s RS:X Champ Nikola Girke shares love and luck
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November 26, 2011 Perth 2011 – US Women’s 470 – Maxwell and Farrar ‘In the Passing Lane’
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November 27, 2011 World Sailor of the Year ready to take on Perth (USA Anna Tunnicliffe)
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December 1, 2011 Perth 2011 – US Paige Railey and US Zach Railey – Two of us
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December 1, 2011 US Coach Romain Bonnaud – Calling the Layline for Perth 2011
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December 3, 2011 Perth 2011 Opening ceremony images
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December 4, 2011 Zach Railey – US Finn sailing like a shark in Perth
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December 5, 2011 GBR 49er Dave Evans in the heat of battle in Perth
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December 10, 2011 Passionate Persistence – Annie Lush GBR Women’s Match Racer
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December 14, 2011 USA’s Genny Tulloch called Doctor at Perth 2011 Women’s Match Racing
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One of the goals of the 11 articles that I produced was to show the human side of these sailors. Many of these sailors came up through club sailing or youth training not to be Olympians, but out of the love of the sport. Some spectators felt disconnected from these elite athletes thinking that full-time sailing was a selfish indulgence, so I asked each sailor about sacrifice and hardship.

Among the stories you will read that these sailors are people just like club sailors. Where these sailors are different from club sailors is they often overcame major physical injury or made mental decisions that may have stopped someone who chose to pursue career or family.

The racing was close and while, at times from the shore or the spectator boat it was hard to see the subtle advantages and mistakes that the sailors were experiencing. Several sailors recommended that club sailors participate in multiple classes of sailboats, because they would better understand these tactics and techniques by feeling the differences in each boat. These same sailors also admitted it’s easier to participate in the sailing than to watch it and understand it.

I look forward to seeing the athletes from Perth 2011, especially the Olympians and Olympic hopefuls, as they spend the next seven months training for London 2012.


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