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They come in threes – SOLAS Trusts *Feature By John Curnow, , 7:08 PM Sat 26 May 2012 GMT
Like a lot of things, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) trusts come in threes. However, unlike the saying, none of these are bad. Indeed, all three are fantastically tremendous, as it turns out and their creation was part of the way to progress from the tragic loss of six lives during the 1998 Sydney Hobart Race. ...
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The Brand is Zhik *Feature By John Curnow, , 1:38 PM Fri 25 May 2012 GMT
A little under 10 years ago, I first started seeing some sensationally cool sailing gear that was adorned with this fantastic Z. It certainly reminded me of Zorro slashing his moniker into all and sundry and apart from looking cool, the gear seemed to be very much fit for purpose. ...
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America's Cup: Oracle Racing move wingsail for shipping to USA *Feature By Richard Gladwell, Auckland, New Zealand , 12:36 AM Fri 25 May 2012 GMT
US America's Cup Defender, Oracle Racing, have moved their wingsail from the construction facility in Core Builders Composites at Warkworth to the Port of Auckland ready for shipping to USA. The hour long journey from the facility north of Auckland was completed about noon, local time. ...
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America's Cup: Entry deadline extended by two months *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:14 PM Tue 22 May 2012 GMT
The entry deadline for the 34th America's Cup has been extended to allow teams further opportunity to get the necessary sponsorship packages signed, and lift the entry level beyond the current three Challengers. News of the move came in a story posted on the America's Cup website, in the course of an interview with Bruno Peyron on the back of their win in the America's Cup World Series in Venice ...
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Fisher's View: Day 4 ACWS Venice - Big crowds for slow day in Venice *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 8:10 PM Sun 20 May 2012 GMT
Day 4: The ACWS has certainly captured the imagination of the Venetians. For Saturday's racing there were in excess of a thousand spectator boats (counted from helicopter-shot images) and over 100,000 spectators along the shoreline. The attendance in the AC Village was 14,500 and you can take it from me that that was probably understated - it was extremely crowded. ...
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 2 - Plastic bottles *Feature By Ian Thomson, Airlie Beach , 7:01 AM Sun 20 May 2012 GMT
In part one, we looked at plastic bags. We went through the numbers and quantified how much one million and one billion is in reality. Let's revisit that before we move onto Plastic water bottles. To count straight through from one to 1,000,000 will take you 11 days and it will take 32 years to count to one billion. You cannot count to one trillion in your lifetime. ...
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 1 - Plastic bags *Feature By Ian Thomson, Airlie Beach , 6:36 AM Sun 20 May 2012 GMT
The ocean is our playground. We sail on it, we swim in it, we fish from it and without it we don't have 60-80% of the world's oxygen........So why do we abuse it? The reason we abuse it is because most of us don't even realise we are. Covering 70% of the planet, our oceans seem to cope with everything we throw at it, right? Well think again. ...
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Fisher's View: Day 3 ACWS Venice - Light winds make for short courses *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 7:44 PM Sat 19 May 2012 GMT
Day 3: Lighter winds than previously and a shift from South-East to East halfway through the fleet racing caused the second of the races to be over eleven legs of a much smaller course - boats were lapped by the leaders - and there was a shake-up in the pecking order with teams having good and bad results. Luna Rossa - Swordfish, for example had a first and a last. Includes Video highlights. ...
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Fisher's View: Day 2 ACWS - Huge crowds on the Grand Canal, Venice *Feature By Bob Fisher, Venice, Italy , 8:00 PM Fri 18 May 2012 GMT
Day 2: Includes Video highlights. It was a day for the huge crowds that gathered along the shores leading into the Grand Canal; short-course racing at its best and once more the defenders all but eclipsed while the French team led by Loick Peyron moved into a near commanding points lead after the day's two races, which were held in light south-easterly breezes of 5-7 knots. ...
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From tears to joy - Sydney GTS43 Walawala2 shines in Asian debut *Feature By Sail-World.com, 10:36 AM Fri 18 May 2012 GMT
After a sad end to the 2010 Kings Cup where Singapore based yachtsman Steve Manning lost his Beneteau 44.7 Walawala to the nature of a storm, which ended with his pride and joy being washed up on the beach and destroyed in Phuket Thailand. ...
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Sydney Hobart winner Peter Packer dies in Rome *Feature By Peter Campbell, 8:34 PM Thu 17 May 2012 GMT
Peter Packer, OAM, founder of a Western Australian dynasty of ocean racing yachtsmen and the first WA yachtsman to win the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has died while holidaying in Rome, aged 86. Packer, who was also a noted surgeon in Perth until his retirement, skippered the Ben Lexcen-designed Rampage to victory in the 1975 Sydney Hobart after placing third in 1973. ...
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Major coup for Vicsail - now Farr 400 distributor + Video *Feature By Jeni Bone MarineBusiness-World, 5:26 AM Wed 16 May 2012 GMT
Matt Allen's new Farr 400 IchiBan has been turning heads in recent months in Australia not the least on last Sunday in the Audi CYCA Winter series when she surfed up the harbour at speed. Matt Allen's new Farr 400 IchiBan has been turning heads in recent months in Australia not the least on last Sunday in the Audi CYCA Winter series when she surfed up the harbour at speed. Highly regarded Aust ...
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Australia's Outteridge - Jensen sail into history with 49er Worlds win *Feature By Craig Heydon, 11:56 PM Sat 12 May 2012 GMT
Australian sailors Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have made history with their gold medal at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia. The win was Outteridge’s fourth world title and Jensen’s third, with the skipper putting his name in the history books as the first sailor to win four 49er World Championships. ...
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Frank Bethwaite, the father of High Performance Sailing, dies at 92 *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 8:30 AM Sat 12 May 2012 GMT
The highly regarded designer, meteorologist and sailing scientist, Frank Bethwaite died in Sydney, Australia, this morning. Capable of intensely complex analysis Bethwaite was without peer in the science of high performance sailing. He coupled a very intense analysis approach with the ability to think laterally, and this created the genius that was Frank Bethwaite. ...
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Australia’s Olympic squad on fire *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 12:24 AM Fri 11 May 2012 GMT
Australia's Tom Slingsby has won his fifth world Laser championship in Boltenhagen, Germany today. Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, the defend 49er World Champions extended their lead the 2012 World Championship overnight, with Outteridge aiming for his fourth world title and Jensen his third. ...
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Australia's Tom Slingsby takes fifth Laser world title *Feature By Craig Heydon, , 11:25 PM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
Australian sailor Tom Slingsby has won the 2012 Audi Laser World Championship with a race to spare in Boltenhagen, Germany. The 2012 title was Slingsby’s fifth in six years as he cements his position at the top of the Laser class in the final run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. ...
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49er World Championships - Defending champs extend their lead *Feature By Craig Heydon, 11:15 PM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
Defending champions Australian's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen have extended their lead at the top of the table on day one of finals racing at the 2012 49er World Championship in Zadar, Croatia. ...
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Slingsby wins fifth Laser World Championship *Feature By Sail-World.com, 8:58 PM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
Australia's Tom Slingsby has won his fifth world Laser championship in Boltenhagen, Germany today. The 27-year-old Gosford NSW sailor secured the 2012 World Championship with a race to spare, ...
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When skinny fittings aren't worth a brass razoo *Feature By Mark Rothfield, 9:14 AM Thu 10 May 2012 GMT
I remember reading, following the Space Shuttle Columbia crash, that the finger of blame could be PowerPointed at a slick 'sales pitch' which took precedence over earnest engineering evaluation. [more]  

Laser manufacturer acquires Byte CII single-handed dinghy *Feature By Byte Class Association, 4:08 AM Tue 8 May 2012 GMT
The long time Asia-Pacific Laser manufacturer Performance Sailcraft Australasia (PSA) has, after receiving permission from ISAF, acquired the Copyright and worldwide building and marketing rights to the single handed Byte and Byte CII dinghy from its designer and builder, Canadian Ian Bruce. ...
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Is your vessel Ocean Safe Certified? *Feature By Ian Thomson, Airlie Beach , 10:26 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
As boaters, the ocean is our playground, and for some, it is our office. Every day we go out on the water we make an impact on our ocean, yet so many people are unaware of that very impact. So here are some alarming stats for you: ...
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China’s Lijia Xu – firming as London 2012 Laser Radial favourite *Feature By Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team, 5:58 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
The top performing Women’s Laser Radial sailor on the 2011- 2012 World Cup circuit has been China's 24 year old Lijia Xu, who just won her third Gold medal of this season at the Semaine Olympique Francaise. This now positions her atop the ISAF Laser Radial Standings. ...
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She's Home - Steinlager 2 returns to Auckland + Videos *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 5:17 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
The most successful ever Whitbread/Volvo round the world racer, Steinlager 2 returned to New Zealand today, and is berthed in the Viaduct Harbour, alongside her predecessor, Lion New Zealand. Steinlager 2 is still the only boat to have won all the legs of a round the world yacht race, winning the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race ...
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Four times Laser World Champ Slingsby starts title defence in style *Feature By Craig Heydon, 1:47 AM Sat 5 May 2012 GMT
Tom Slingsby’s World Championship title defence is off to an ideal start, with the Australian ending day one of the 2012 Laser World Championship with a perfect scorecard. ...
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2016 Olympic Womens Skiff chosen after tense political stoush *Feature By Richard Gladwell, 7:41 PM Fri 4 May 2012 GMT
The FX by Mackay Boats carried the day after a tense debate over the choice of the selection of class, for the Olympic Womens Skiff, on opening day of the ISAF Council Meeting in Stresa, Italy. The FX had undergone eight months of development, particularly in the rig, which is carried on a 49er hull, designed by Julian Bethwaite and selected for the Mens Skiff event at the 2000 Olympics in Sydn ...
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