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Audi IRC Australian Championship (Festival of Sails) – The Business *Feature By John Curnow, 11:47 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013 GMT
The business of determining winners and conducting race management is complete at the Audi IRC Australian Championships. Part of Victoria’s Festival of Sails at Geelong, the whole regatta has been blessed with good winds, sunshine, festivities and laughter, much to the delight of event management. ...
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Festival of Sails 2013 - Sydney 38 images from Teri Dodds *Feature By Teri Dodds, Geelong, Australia , 9:53 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013 GMT
Official photographer for the Festival of Sails 2013, Teri Dodds spent some time on the Sydney 38 course and shares these images with you. ...
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Festival of Sails – Business End *Feature By John Curnow, 5:53 AM Sun 27 Jan 2013 GMT
It’s Sunday at the Festival of Sails and that means it is time for the business of determining the 2013 Audi IRC Australian Champions. ...
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Festival of Sails – Weed killer *Feature By John Curnow, 9:28 AM Sat 26 Jan 2013 GMT
The largest fleet at the Festival of Sails is the combined Cruising category at around 150 vessels. They looked amazing and as the sun made some valiant attempts to make an appearance at lunchtime, it added even more spectacle to the grand event. ...
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Festival of Sails 2013 - ASBA Sports Boats – No rest for the wicked *Feature By Darren Spence, 7:28 AM Sat 26 Jan 2013 GMT
Day three of the Sports Boat event at the Festival of Sails was always going to be the make or break day for the fleet. Three windward leeward races back to back and no room for error. There is no more evidence than this series that consistency across the wind range will plant you at the top of the fleet regardless of design, weight and characteristic of your boat. ...
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Festival of Sails - Melbourne to Geelong passage race images *Feature By Alex McKinnon, , 7:41 PM Fri 25 Jan 2013 GMT
Photographer Alex McKinnon was on site at the Festival of Sails in Geelong to capture this gallery of images during the Melbourne to Geelong passage race. ...
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Festival of Sails – The wheel that turned *Feature By John Curnow, 9:10 AM Fri 25 Jan 2013 GMT
And then yes, it turned once more, with a touch of feeling, too! Yes it was blowing hard this morning in Geelong and Melbourne as well. 40 knots worth, actually. It was enough to postpone the start of the annual passage race from Melbourne to Geelong until 1145hrs. Down at Geelong, the Audi IRC Australian Championship fleet got away on their long race under gloomy skies and something like 15knots ...
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Festival of Sails - ASBA Sports Boats – Day 2 *Feature By Darren Spence, 7:29 AM Fri 25 Jan 2013 GMT
Everything that Day one was, day two was the opposite. After a delayed start, the Sports Boat fleet set off on their passage race in the outer harbour in steady 10knt breeze. This was short lived with the next weather front arriving about 15 minutes into race, sending gusts of over 25knts across the course. This was when the fun really began. ...
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F18 top guns ready for take off in national championships *Feature By Mark Rothfield, Mannering Park , 6:11 AM Fri 25 Jan 2013 GMT
A squadron of F18s will do battle on Lake Macquarie over the Australia Day long weekend, as the top guns of catamaran sailing contest the 2013 Australian Formula 18 National Championships. With revolutionary wave-piercing hulls, twin trapezes, a high aspect square-top mainsail, asymmetric spinnaker, plus carbon-fibre centreboards and rudders, the flying F18s can reach speeds of over 25 knots ...
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Festival of Sails 2013 - Teri Dodds Images *Feature By Teri Dodds, Geelong, Australia , 10:15 AM Thu 24 Jan 2013 GMT
Official photographer for the Festival of Sails 2013, Teri Dodds was on the water covering the Sports Boats, SB20 and Melges 24 courses today. She shares these images with you from a light but very warm day on the race course, which took place on Corio Bay, in Geelong. ...
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IRC National Championship at the Festival of Sails – Deep Purple *Feature By John Curnow, 6:55 AM Thu 24 Jan 2013 GMT
You know – smoke on the water. As a direct result of the bushfires raging across a lot of Southeastern Australia, smoke and that real BBQ flavour permeated just about everything as we sat in Geelong waiting for racing to begin. ...
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Festival of Sails - ASBA Sports Boats – Day 1 *Feature By Darren Spence, , 6:39 AM Thu 24 Jan 2013 GMT
It was a hot day in Geelong today for the first two races in the Festival of Sails for the Sports Boat fleet, in more ways than one. Racing got away on time in 5-7 knts of breeze which stayed at this strength all day and a great fleet of 16 boats from all around the country. The contest for line honours was always going to be between Kiss (Greg Scherwinski), Vivace (Noel Leigh-Smith) ...
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Sports Boats and the Festival of Sails – where it all began *Feature By Darren Spence, 5:50 AM Tue 22 Jan 2013 GMT
The Australian Sports Boat Association (ASBA) is celebrating five years of racing under the SMS Rating System this week at the Festival of Sails in Geelong. The first ASBA National Titles where held at Geelong Race Week in 2008 after a hectic 2 days of measuring boats and sails in conjunction with the first Australian Melges 24 Titles. ...
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Images of the Waitemata: 18ft skiff Nationals - Day 2 - Big breezes *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:02 AM Sun 20 Jan 2013 GMT
Racing on Day 2 of the NZ 18ft Skiff Nationals was cancelled today on the back of a weather forecast of winds averaging 25kts, gusting 35kts for the afternoon. Grey skies in the morning gave way to a beautiful day in the afternoon, and some of the top crews went out for some practice ahead of the JJ Giltinan Series in Australia, next February. ...
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Images from the Waitemata: NZ 18ft Skiff Nationals, Day 1 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:46 PM Sat 19 Jan 2013 GMT
Sail-World's camera was on the water for third race of Day 1 of the 18ft skiff Nationals, sailed on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour, attracting a great fleet of 10 skiffs ahead of the JJ Giltinan Trophy in Sydney, next months - the unofficial world championship for the class. ...
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America's Cup: Nick Holroyd on Emirates Team NZ's design gains + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, , 10:14 AM Fri 18 Jan 2013 GMT
'These boats have a long gestation', explains Nick Holroyd, Design Director for Emirates Team NZ. 'The designs for the tooling up at Cookson Boats, were delivered after just four or five days sailing in Boat 1.' ...
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America's Cup: Inside the AC72 hangar with Grant Dalton + Video *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:09 AM Fri 18 Jan 2013 GMT
'Two years ago, we were pretty well gone for all money. We were basically broke and trying to stay alive', says Emirates Team NZ's Grant Dalton, reflecting on the team's then dire situation, back in early 2011. 'We managed to get some good people on board, but they all knew that if we didn't have the money by April 2011, then we were gone. But it's moved a huge distance since then', he adds. ...
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America's Cup: The Wing is the Thing for Emirates Team NZ's next AC72 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 9:05 PM Thu 17 Jan 2013 GMT
Emirates Team New Zealand are on target to launch their second AC72 catamaran, around February 4, with their Challenger for the 34th America’s Cup having her first sail on February 7. Doors at the teams base were thrown open for the New Zealand media today, showing the 72ft catamaran, with hulls in place, beams fitted and in an advanced state of preparation. ...
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America's Cup: Designer Mike Drummond looks at foiling and pitchpoling *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:39 AM Thu 17 Jan 2013 GMT
Sail-World talks with Mike Drummond, former Design Director for Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup. In this second part of the interview the issues of foiling and the trade-offs are discussed, along with the factors that led to the pitchpoling of Oracle's USA-17, and what is expected to be seen in the second generation of AC72 catamarans ...
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America's Cup: Ex-Oracle design chief looks at the Class of 2013 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 2:16 AM Tue 15 Jan 2013 GMT
Sail-World caught up with Mike Drummond, former Design Director for Oracle Racing in the 2010 America's Cup and asked his overall impression of the four designs currently working up towards the 2013 America's Cup regatta. 'From the design point of view there are three and a half groups,' he counters. ...
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Quality entries flood in 2013 Hempel Gosford - Lord Howe Island Race *Feature By Sail-World Team, 8:53 AM Mon 14 Jan 2013 GMT
Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - The Gosford Sailing Club (GSC) has been inundated with quality entries for the 39th Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race and Race Director Tony Evans says there will be a lot of tough decisions to make when selecting the final race fleet as entries close on the 22nd February. ...
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Images of the Waitemata: 18ft skiffs training for the JJ Giltinan - 2 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:43 AM Sun 13 Jan 2013 GMT
Second image gallery from the 18ft skiffs training on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour on Sunday ...
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Images of the Waitemata: 18ft skiffs training for the JJ Giltinan *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 11:25 AM Sun 13 Jan 2013 GMT
Those who frequent the Auckland waterfront, will have noticed the steady growth of the Auckland 18ft skiff fleet over the past couple of years. The Auckland Championships are next weekend. We caught these images from Sunday's practice sessions. ...
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Prochoice 2013 Etchells National Championships - when third is first *Feature By John Curnow, , 11:55 AM Sat 12 Jan 2013 GMT
There is no doubt that the latest Etchells National Championship in Perth will be remembered. There was plenty of Black Flag and Jury Room action to keep all entertained. Adding to the drama was a sinking and subsequent recovery, as well. Out of it all, the most notable element for the class as a whole, is that The Croc (AUS 1402) is the third vessel to come out of the new Australian mould. ...
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Australian Moth Championship - Crash and Burn, gusty action at Wangi *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 3:21 PM Thu 10 Jan 2013 GMT
Today, day four of the 2013 Australian Moth Championship, was used for re-sails, as Tuesday was cancelled. The racing started in a gusty 10-14 knot easterly which tended to have constant swings of five to ten degrees. The sailors were again a little too keen at the first start resulting in a general recall, however they all got away cleanly in the re-start. ...
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