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Laser Class Fundamental rule change – All over with Kirby move *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Team, 12:28 AM Fri 16 Sep 2011 GMT
Since its launch at the New York Boat Show in 1971, over 200,000 Lasers have been sold. The strength of the class comes from its rigid one design rules that designer Bruce Kirby approved 40 years ago. Six months ago Bruce Kirby gave his view on the ILCA's proposed fundamental rule change and explained why it would be a disaster. Now Kirby is retaking his design rights. ...

Auckland Int Boat Show: Prime Minister opens Show and Skippers Forum *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 3:16 AM Thu 15 Sep 2011 GMT
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, was on hand last night to open the Auckland International Boat Show and welcome delegates to the Superyacht Captains Forum. The show is underway at Auckland's Viaduct Basin and is the first major event into the new Events Centre. The show's footprint extents from the bars in the downtown Auckland to the bars and cafes in the new North Wharf, and is a mix ...

Charity yacht race returns to Lake Macquarie *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 10:22 PM Tue 13 Sep 2011 GMT
Toronto, on Lake Macquarie south of Newcastle, will again be the venue for a spectacular sailing event on the October long weekend (October 1-2) as up to 70 yachts and dinghies set spinnakers and take off down the lake for the annual Heaven Can Wait Charity Yacht Regatta. ...

IRC Australian titles - Where to for the Australian IRC Championships? *Feature 7:52 AM Tue 13 Sep 2011 GMT
Australian IRC Championships - Word on the street is that Audi and Hamilton Island management have come to an agreement to continue Audi’s involvement with Hamilton Island Race Week for at least the next two to three years It’s common knowledge that Audi has withdrawn its sponsorship and support for the existing four event format that has been the Australian IRC Championships. ...

Heaven Can Wait Year - Blake Middleston's report on 2010 *Feature By Blake Middleton, Lake Maquarie , 2:09 AM Tue 13 Sep 2011 GMT
Heaven Can Wait 2010 - The fifth annual Heaven Can Wait race proved once again that some things about this event evolve, while other realities never change. The fleet continues to grow in types of vessels involved. There have been 18 footers racing in the One Lap Dash before, but Foiling Moths joined in this year, and set all time speed records around the lake. Meanwhile, the 24 Hour event proved ...

America's Cup: Coutts moves up, second Australian helmsman comes in *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Sail-World, 10:01 AM Mon 12 Sep 2011 GMT
Oracle Racing have announced that multiple World Champion and Australian double Olympic silver medalist Darren Bundock will be given the helm of their second boat, Oracle Racing Coutts. Bundock will com aboard for the third round of the America's Cup World Series in San Diego. Current helmsman Russell Coutts will stay onboard. It has not been announced who will move off the boat ...

Heaven Can Wait -October 1st-2nd One Lap Dash & 24hour race ENTER NOW! *Feature By Heaven Can Wait media, 11:59 PM Sat 10 Sep 2011 GMT
It’s on again: fighting against men’s cancers with the sixth annual Heaven Can Wait 24 hour charity yacht race.The Heaven Can Wait (HCW) 24 Hour Yacht Race and the associated One Lap Dash will be held on Lake Macquarie, near Newcastle, NSW, on October 1-2 (NSW Labour Day long weekend). Both races for this year’s event will start at 1100 hours on Saturday October 2, 2010, and will take participants ...

Fisher's View: The Plymouth Cat and Pony Show pulls local fans *Feature By Bob Fisher, Cascais, Portugal , 8:33 PM Sat 10 Sep 2011 GMT
The Race Committee found that with the wind from the south-west – the prevailing direction – it needed to shorten the length of the legs from the already diminutive 0.8 nautical miles to 0.6 nautical miles. 'We are having to make a compromise between top-class yacht racing and a Dog & Pony Show,' laughed one of the race committee. ...

Final Day at Magnetic Island - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Magnetic Island, Queensland , 4:58 AM Tue 6 Sep 2011 GMT
The final day of the Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week was raced today in perfect sailing conditions. Here are a final day images as well as the winners for the regatta from Teri Dodds. ...

The adventures of Jessica Watson part 2 - Set on Sydney to Hobart *Feature By Jackelyn Norris, 10:28 PM Mon 5 Sep 2011 GMT
Jessica Watson may be the youngest person to sail around the world solo and unassisted but her next challenge is just three months away when she will compete in the 2011 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race. The famed Sydney to Hobart Race, held on Boxing Day, is widely considered to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world and is sure to test her mental and physical strength again. ...

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week 2011 - Teri Dodds images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Magnetic Island, Queensland , 5:19 AM Mon 5 Sep 2011 GMT
With a favourable forecast, all entrants racing in the SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week had a great day on the water. Here are a selection of images from three race courses, from Teri Dodds. ...

Fantasea F18 Australian Championships 2011 - Day 2 images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Magnetic Island, Queensland , 3:30 AM Sun 4 Sep 2011 GMT
It was another testing day on the water for the fleet racing in the Fantasea F18 Australian Championships 2011 at Magnetic Island Race Week 2011. ...

Testing Conditions at Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week *Feature By Teri Dodds, Magnetic Island, Queensland , 9:23 AM Sat 3 Sep 2011 GMT
After yesterday's day of ideal conditions for sailing, things very much changed here at Magnetic Island. Today, the keelboat fleet were sent around the island, in strong SE breeze with 2-3 metre swell, which tested many crews. It was also the start of the Fantasea F18 Australian Championships. ...

SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week day 1 - Teri Dodds images *Feature By Teri Dodds images, Magnetic Island, Queensland , 2:45 AM Fri 2 Sep 2011 GMT
A gorgeous day on the water for the start of the SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week. Here are the first of many images taken by Victorian sailing photographer Teri Dodds, please enjoy. ...

China Team announces Mitch Booth replacement *Feature By Sail-World, 6:37 PM Thu 1 Sep 2011 GMT
China Team, the Chinese challenger for the 34th America’s Cup, has rung the changes in its sailing team for the second round of the America's Cup World Series, due to get underway on 10 September in Plymouth, England. After the conclusion of the first round of the ACWS, skipper Mitch Booth, who had been with the team since its first sail in Auckland, left the team in unexplained circumstances. ...

Jessica Watson heads for SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week *Feature By SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week Media, 6:30 PM Mon 29 Aug 2011 GMT
Young Australian of the Year Jessica Watson will be visiting Townsville and Magnetic Island this week, in her role as Queensland’s Season of Sailing Ambassador, for the start of the 2011 SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week on Thursday. ...

Queensland's Season of Sailing continues at Magnetic Island *Feature By Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week Media, 5:17 PM Mon 29 Aug 2011 GMT
Queensland’s Season of Sailing is making it easy to come onboard to stay and sail in the state’s world-class sailing destinations. ...

Winter Sailing in Sunshine - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Melbourne , 6:02 AM Sun 28 Aug 2011 GMT
Victoria photographer Teri Dodds is back in home waters briefly and enjoyed more sunshine, on Port Phillip Bay. She presents her images from Race 6 of the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) Winter Series. The final race of the series will be held on Saturday, September 10 with a passage race from Melbourne to Geelong. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week- Marcus Blackmore's Hooligan wins IRC A *Feature By Lisa Ratcliff, 2:08 AM Sat 27 Aug 2011 GMT
A 28-year dream of winning the Grand Prix division at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week has been realised for Sydney yachtsman Marcus Blackmore. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Images of IRC Champion Hooligan *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island Race Week , 1:02 AM Sat 27 Aug 2011 GMT
In yesterday's race around the islands, Marcus Blackmore's TP 52 Hooligan (formerly Emirates Team NZ) convincingly sealed victory as the Class A winner in the Audi IRC Australian Championships, taking her seventh division win of the week in this closing championship regatta of the 2011 series. ...

Audi IRC Australian Championships 2011 - Full Results *Feature By, 1:00 AM Sat 27 Aug 2011 GMT
With the final race of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week blown out, the 2011 Audi IRC Australian Championships is now decided. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 Day 7 – Its blown out!! *Feature By, 12:35 AM Sat 27 Aug 2011 GMT
The Molle Island Race in the 2011 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week did not started as scheduled. Boats were circulating in Dent Passage but there was not a scintilla of breeze. Many of them were sitting head to tide, as the tide ebbed north. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Performance Racing 2011 – Oh so tight *Feature By, 10:25 PM Fri 26 Aug 2011 GMT
Back in 2003 Tony Coleman’s Euphoria then a J120, sailed into second place in the last day's Molle Island Race to take her division. Wind forward eight years and Coleman and his Euphoria crew top the Performance Racing Division 2 leader board, this time it’s a J133. ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Cruising Divisions Images *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island , 6:24 AM Fri 26 Aug 2011 GMT
All four cruising divisions were sent off on Course 12 today, starting in Dent Passage, heading south around Pine and Long Islands, then northward to White Rock, east to Denman Island and finally back to the finish in Dent Passage. It was a day more redolent of the west of Ireland than the Whitsundays, with low cloud hanging over Dent Island and a quiet persistent drizzle ...

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Whale Watching With Wild Oats XI *Feature By Crosbie Lorimer, Hamilton Island Race Week , 5:12 AM Fri 26 Aug 2011 GMT
In the Whitsunday Passage a mother whale and her calf were having a very enjoyable afternoon today, breaching and rolling as Wild Oats XI led the fleet past their playground to the race finish in Dent Passage. Crosbie Lorimer was nearby and captured these images of all three 'supermaxis' in action. ...

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