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 21 Oct 2011
 

As we move closer to the pointy end of the Olympic cycle, we are talking to sailors from around the World who are seeking to qualify their country and get selection for London 2012.

We have lots of interviews as we move closer to Perth 2011.

Today we bring you an interview with one of the locals Tom Slingsby, now in Perth, he came back from Europe via San Francisco, where he signed a contract with Oracle Racing for the AC 2013. Tom has bought a new A Cat to sail at the Wangi Wangi nationals with a bunch of the other AC sailors.
Looking ahead the Hutchwilco Melbourne to Stanley Race and the Gosford to Lord Howe Race, both Rolex Sydney to Hobart qualifiers.

A giant sailing year ahead and the logistics in moving our reporting team around the world this year is going to be quite a challenge.

Rob Kothe and the Sail-world team



Perth 2011 – World Sailor of Year aims for Olympic Gold, America's Cup
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
As a youngster growing up on Australia's east coast he did not like sailing; he was bribed by his sisters to crew for them, at 20c a race. But he was 2010 World Sailor of the Year, has four World Championship titles, is one of the hottest Olympic Gold Medal Prospects and has now joined the America's Cup scene.... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) first entries received
Alana Whitting,
First entries have been received for the 34th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) to be held on the 26th and 27th November, 2011. Exile, Hooligan and Loki are among the first of the entries already received.... [more]
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ORCV Hutchwilco Melbourne to Stanley - Let's Kiss Goodbye to MS
John Curnow,
ORCV Hutchwilco Melbourne to Stanley (M2S) - On the start line for 2011 is a boat very well known to us, but just a little disguised. Beyond Outrageous are almost better known now as Team BO. However, as of a little while ago, their new name is simply, Kiss Goodbye to MS.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Second global challenge for cheeky Australian
Tracey Johnstone,
Embarking on his second Volvo Ocean Race, Australian Casey Smith is looking facing a massive global challenge and loving every moment of it. The 33-year-old professional sailor's extensive ocean racing experience and outstanding boat management skills, his ability to absolutely focus on the job at hand, mixed with a wicked sense of humour and a lot of Australian cheekiness, are his tools.... [more]
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Sailing Clinic - Trim with North Sails
David O'Connor,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club's next Sailing Clinic on Wednesday 26th October 2011 at 7.30pm will be run by North Sails Australia as part of their MHYC 2011/2012 sponsorship to support club racing. This is a great opportunity to learn how to trim your sails efficiently and fast with the seminar focusing on the key aspects of rig and sail set up, trimming techniques and some top tips for boat handling... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race – Gold Coast Australia holds lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Race – Gold Coast Australia is preparing to start the Ocean Sprint as they hold their lead over their nearest rivals, De Lage Landen and New York. Richard Hewson, skipper of Gold Coast Australia, said he expects to start the Ocean Sprint at around midday tomorrow and although he does not anticipate 'record-breaking' conditions he said his team would give it their best shot... [more]
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Japan, Australian and Mexican sailors at Optimist North Islands
Rosie Mannering,
A team of Japanese sailors will compete at the Optimist North Island Open Championships, as hosts of junior members of the Napier Sailing Club starting today (Friday). Many competitive junior New Zealand sailors have benefited from the generosity of a Japanese scheme started 24 years ago. Five kiwis and a coach/mentor have been making the journey across the Pacific to attend the All Japan Rega... [more]
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Tasmanian Skiff Pathways Program - Try Skiff Sailing Day
Tasmanian Skiff Pathways Program,
Hobart Junior sailors were treated to a weekend enjoying the thrills of skiff sailing during an introductory skiff sailing weekend on October 15-16, held at Kingston Beach Sailing Club. The initiative, dubbed the 'Tasmanian Skiff Pathways Program' is a joint program organised by the Tasmanian Flying 11 and B14 Associations as well as several interested 29er sailors and aimed to showcase the potent... [more]
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Another Challenge - Jessica Watson and crew training for Hobart
Sean Lindsell,
Week 2 of training for Jessica Watson's Team Another Challenge crew. They are training for the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race as the youngest team ever to compete.... [more]
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Gascoigne Cup preview - Fleet lines up
Peter Campbell,
Gascoigne Cup - Yachts from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia this Saturday will race off the coast of Sydney for the magnificent perpetual trophy first sailed for 125 years ago and which owes its origins to heroic deeds during an historic military campaign in the Sudan.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Fired, hired and couldn't be happier
Volvo Ocean Race,
Volvo Ocean Race - Not many people can recall being fired from their job and smiling afterwards. But for Team Sanya's Andres Soriano, being fired from the shore team meant he could be hired just moments later as a member of the sailing team.... [more]
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Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale!
Marine Business-World.com,
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011... [more]
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America's Cup: Italian Challenger 'invites' Prada sponsorship of E40m
Richard Gladwell,
An announcement on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has triggered further speculation that the Italian based Luna Rossa team will make a late entry for the 34th America's Cup. In the notice filed with the exchange Prada SA has advised that it has been 'invited' to come in as a sponsor of the the Luna Rossa team.... [more]
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Kiteboarding Joins Phuket King's Cup For First Time
Event Media,
Phuket King's Cup Regatta announces the Kiteboard Tour Asia (KTA) will host an invitation-only event at this year's King's Cup to celebrate 25 years of the legendary sailing regatta. The Phuket King's Cup recognise the developing nature of the sport; kiteboarding is an exciting and popular new sailing discipline under consideration as a future Olympic sport.... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 punching through 54 knots
Paul Larsen,
Just a quick one to say that we have punched through 54 knots, 62 mph and 100 kmh. The fun part is that we did it two up and Vestas Sailrocket 2 was far from optimally trimmed.... [more]
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Double World champion, Tony Bouzaid, dies suddenly in New Zealand

Past winner of the NZ Yachtsman of the Year, double world champion and winner of numerous titles in the dinghy and skiff classes, Tony Bouzaid has passed away suddenly in New Zealand. He was also a noted conservationist and in conjunction with his brother Chris Bouzaid ran the highly successful Hood Sails loft in Auckland, before he moved to Great Barrier Island, 50 miles from Auckland.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - South Atlantic highway opens for leaders
Oliver Dewar,
Global Ocean Race 2011-12 - At the head of the fleet, the gap between the double-handed Class40 leaders, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron with Campagne de France and Ross and Campbell Field in second with BSL has closed further as the Fields connected with a front they have been targeting for a week and celebrated the rendezvous with a fierce knockdown.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Big gains and losses
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - As race four reaches the halfway stage, the skippers and navigators of the 10-strong fleet will be scratching their heads as they ponder their next move, as a high pressure system stands between them and their goal of Geraldton, Western Australia.... [more]
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Vale Keith Williams CMG: A tribute from his family
Rob Mundle,
The Williams family today paid tribute to a husband and father who through foresight, vision, passion, commitment and determination was suitably rewarded by seeing people enjoying themselves.... [more]
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VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2011 - LAUNCHED!
RHKYC Media,
Organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and postponed from 2010 due to the track of super typhoon Megi, the VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race finally got underway at 1355hrs today, off the south east of Lamma Island. From there, the nine competitors will round Wenwei Zhou before passing a series of island marks on the 656nm journey to Nha Trang in Vietnam.... [more]
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Brierty pushes the Limit
Offshore WA,
Only the weather can stop Alan Brierty's Reichel-Pugh 62 Limit from smashing the race record in this weekend's Redink Homes Geraldton Ocean Classic. This will be the 43rd edition of the race, which is conducted by South of Perth Yacht Club on a 221 nautical mile course starting off Fremantle, rounding Rottnest Island, then heading 200 nm north to Geraldton.... [more]
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Record setter recruits Wife for Three Peaks Race
Terry Travers,
Bruce Arms, who set a WSSRC world record for an Australian solo circumnavigation in August aboard his 46' catamaran 'Big Wave Rider', has been joined by his wife Suzanne as the first official entry in the 2012 Three Peaks Race.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race - Midnight Rambler makes a comeback
Peter Campbell,
James Cameron and his crew from Drummoyne Sailing Club, better known as a 16-foot skiff club on Sydney's upper harbour, will return Midnight Rambler to ocean racing in the 414 nautical mile, Hempel 38th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race... [more]
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New Zealanders Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Racing Champions
Craig Heydon,
New Zealand took the team trophy at the 2011 Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Racing Championship, sailed from the Port Lincoln Yacht Club, SA.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Roper out to Lasso
Lisa Ratcliff,
For as long as she can remember, young Tasmanian Laura Roper has watched the spectacular Rolex Sydney Hobart finish, soaking up the excitement of Australia's preeminent yachting event as the fleet docked in Hobart and the weary sailors finally climbed out of their pungent wet weather gear.... [more]
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Horror in Paradise - suspected murder of cruising sailor
Nancy Knudsen, BW Media,
When German cruising sailor 40-year-old Stefan Ramin disappeared in suspicious circumstances in Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas and some remains thought to be his were found in a camp fire, it was easy leap for the international press to cry 'Cannibal'**! After all, history tells us that the ancestors of today's easy going and peaceful Polynesians in the islands of the Marquesas were once cannibals... [more]
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Hazard warning for yachts in the Pacific - debris from Japan's tsunami
Our Amazing Planet/Sail-World,
Cruising sailors crossing the Pacific Ocean, particularly the north Pacific, should be aware that floating debris from the devastating tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 is a hazard. The good news is that predictions of the drift are proving accurate. Debris from the devastating tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 has turned up exactly where scientists predicted it would... [more]
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Sydney City Marine X-Yachts Australian Cup
Andrew Parkes,
On Friday the 14th of October a fleet of Danish designed and built X-Yachts raced for the 2011 Sydney City Marine X-Yachts Australian Cup. The conditions this year were ideal for racing with a moderate north easterly breeze and flat water.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 19 October: Rena survives the night
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Wednesday 19 October: There has been no report of any further movement from Rena overnight. However, salvage company experts will be flying out to the vessel about 7.30am to assess the situation. Weather this morning is poor, with rough seas and a 1.5m swell, decreasing, and strong winds. This will impact upon salvage operations.... [more]
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Boat Show Survey winner: Geoffrey Folliott wins $14,000 in prizes
Jeni Bone,
A Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show veteran, and seasoned sailor, who has done more than his fair share of boating all over the world, professionally and for fun, has taken out the prize package for completing this year's Boat Show Survey - the first of its kind in Australia.... [more]
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TetraMedia's report card: Video and Feature stories increasing
Brendan Maxwell,
While conditions continue to toughen for traditional print media, the world's largest online marine news group reports ongoing growth.... [more]
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First interstate entry for Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta 2012
Damian Devine,
The Sydney 38 'Audacious' representing the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria is the first interstate entry received for the Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta 2012, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.... [more]
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Papua New Guinea: scientists/sailors missing, pirates now suspected
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Not only Somalia and Nigeria are dangerous for the roving adventurer of sailor. Three scientists missing after setting sail from New Britain Islands in New Guinea are now thought to have been killed by pirates, along with the crew of the boat, with two others are still held hostage.... [more]
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In too deep - Behind the Race to Mackinac tragedy
Dawn Reiss,
At 333 miles, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. Before the 2011 race, the event had never seen a racing-related death in its 103 years. Experienced sailors Mark Morley, 51. and Suzanne Bickel, 40, both of Saginaw, Michigan, were among the 3,500 competitors. Chicago journalist Dawn Reiss researched this detailed article for six weeks... [more]
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