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 04 Nov 2011
 

It was Skandia Geelong Week, the Audi Victoria Week, now it's bounced back as the Festival of Sails ...with an emphasis on more racing.with lots of appeal.

Drama continues in the Laser Class, with designer Bruce Kirby asking some hard questions.

The Volvo Ocean Race is about to head off and here comes Sail Melbourne.

Our Olympic 2012 Newsletter series is about to start, look for your first edition.

The Sail-World Team



Festival of Sails - Big changes, NOR, and online entry
AI Constable,
The name has changed on many occasions since 1844 but, the Australia Day Regatta in Geelong has continuously been sailed for the past one hundred and sixty-eight years. In 1997, the Geelong Waterfront Festival and the Royal Geelong Yacht Club's historic Australia Day Regatta became the Festival of Sail.... [more]
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Go Sailing Day - Malcolm Page to hoist sail in St. Kilda
Mike Sabey,
The world's top 470 dinghy sailor and current Olympic champion Malcolm Page will make a guest media appearance (with his gold medal), this Sunday at the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, to help launch the state wide community Go Sailing Day.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team backed by Audi until after 2012 Olympics
Craig Heydon,
It has been announced that Audi Australia will continue to support the Australian Sailing Team through the end of 2012. Audi's support of the Australian Sailing Team stretches back to 2006 when the team was created, with the past five years being incredibly successful for both parties.... [more]
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Preview of The Showdown on the Derwent
Peter Campbell,
The Showdown on the Derwent is scheduled to get underway on Friday 4 November and the big fleet is lining up. From Sabots to SB3s, Lasers to Farr 40s, Paper Tigers to International Dragons, almost every class and type of yacht sailed in southern Tasmania will be out on the River Derwent this weekend for the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's annual spring regatta.... [more]
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Sea Gear Super Cruisers at 2011/12 Laser Nationals
Performance Sailcraft,
With the Australian Laser Masters now being a separate event we have decided to bring back the 'Mighty' Cruiser divisions and have also added the new Super Cruiser divisions for both Laser Radial and STD rigs @ the 2011/12 Laser Nationals.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Legends - Race 2 images part 2
Rick Tomlinson,
Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta - Photographer Rick Tomlinson shares with us more images from Race 2 which was sailed in the midst of 10-20 knot winds. Enjoy!... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Why they keep coming back + Video
Volvo Ocean Race,
When it comes to the Volvo Ocean Race, people often wonder what keeps sailors returning to a race in which there is no prize money for the winner, nothing but hardship when it comes to life onboard and the ever present risk of physical harm.... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre - Fast racing in first 24 hours
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre - With the first 24 hours of fast racing in their Transat Jacques Vabre despatched to their streaming wakes, the rhythm and the pace in each of the three classes is firmly established. And while the high speeds of the first night and early morning reduced slightly with the abating breeze, so the early realities start to hit home.... [more]
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America's Cup: Peter Montgomery talks with Grant Dalton on the Deal
Peter Mongomery,
Top international yachting commentator, Peter Montgomery, spoke with Emirates Team NZ CEO Grant Dalton after the announcement of the partnership with new Italian Challenger, Luna Rossa. He explains the huge significance the deal for the New Zealand marine industry, which will now have an additional 70,000 hours of boatbuidling time for the third boat. Plus Southern Spars substantial involvement... [more]
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The Showdown annual spring regatta preview
Peter Campbell,
The Showdown - From Sabots to SB3s, Lasers to Farr 40s, Paper Tigers to International Dragons, almost every class and type of yacht sailed in southern Tasmania will be out on the River Derwent this weekend for this annual spring regatta. The regatta starts tomorrow evening with a full-on windward/leeward twilight race for the keelboats, International Dragons, SB3s and other sports boats.... [more]
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Tasmanian One Design yacht Vanity celebrates 100th birthday
Peter Campbell,
The Tasmanian One Design yacht Vanity, built in Hobart in 1911, yesterday, 2 November 2011, celebrated her 100th birthday, joining the Sydney-based Weene in reaching a century, and still actively racing. Vanity, which had been lovingly restored in Queensland by her current owner, now Hobart-based Robert Virtue, returned to Hobart late last year... [more]
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Prada's entry ups ante for 34th America's Cup
Michelle Slade,
In a media call today, America's Cup Regatta Director Iain Murray and CEO Craig Thompson commented on the exciting confirmation that indeed, long time Cup favorite Prada/Luna Rossa is back, this time collaborating on boats and such with Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ).... [more]
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America's Cup: Plenty of upside with innovative Twin Team strategy
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa have announced the first ever formal collaboration between two teams in the America's Cup. The seven campaign competitor will partner with a three time challenger, Luna Rossa to collaborate on design, build and performance within the time frames permitted by the 34th America's Cup Protocol. In short it is very hard to find any downside in this deal for either party... [more]
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Sail Sydney Day 3 - Tough conditions with rain
Mainsheet Media,
Sail Sydney 2011 - On the third day of the first round of Sail Sydney the rain came down. Not long enough to overly disturb the competitors, but an array of offshore style clothing was very obvious on the official boats as they set the course for the days racing. In the final day of sailing for the RS:X sail boards, Norwegian sailor Wang-Hansen continued to show his style... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ test wingsail on Waitemata
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand today tested a wingsail on one of the two SL33's on the Waitemata Harbour. The wingsail appeared to be different from the AC45 in profile, and from what could be observed is a two element wing.... [more]
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Sail Sydney 2011 – Gusts of 18kn+ for Wednesday 2nd, Day two
Mainsheet Media,
The second day of the first round of Sail Sydney saw gusts of 20 plus knots greet the competitors mid afternoon to make for a day of exciting racing for all classes.... [more]
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Perth Sailing World Championships Schedule Of Racing published
International Sailing Federation,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships Schedule of Racing has now been published after months of planning and the careful consideration of class requirements. Racing begins on 3 December at 12:00 local time with the women's match racers kicking things off. The Laser Radial, Women's RS:X, Finn and Men's 470 take to the water on 5 December with the Medal Races taking place on 11 December... [more]
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Transat Jacques Vabre race start fast and furious
Hélène Tzara,
Transat Jacques Vabre transatlantic race from Le Havre to Puerto Limon, Costa Rica is finally underway after a delay of 50 hours. The 35 duos were unleashed at 1500hrs today for a fast and furious ride west out of the Channel, ready to encounter the remainder of the malicious low pressure system which delayed Sunday's schedule start.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Series kicks off with Sail Melbourne
International Sailing Federation,
2011-2012 ISAF Sailing World Cup Series begins its fourth series with Sail Melbourne kicking things off at Sandringham Yacht Club, Melbourne, Australia, in a few days time. First launched in December 2008 the ISAF Sailing World Cup brings together the existing major regattas on the Olympic sailing circuit, starting in Australia.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Frantic's skipper injured
Peter Campbell,
Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Michael Martin, the owner/skipper of the Lake Macquarie Yacht Club entrant, Frantic, is recuperating on Lord Howe Island after dislocating his shoulder and injuring his knee in a fall during the race across the Tasman Sea. Martin, who fell during heavy seas, was treated by medical staff on the island after the yacht completed the race on Monday evening.... [more]
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Seawind Pittwater Regatta a huge success
Brent Vaughan,
Seawind Pittwater Regatta - Seawind celebrated this year's event with the biggest turnout in the 13 year history of the event. With a total of 40 multihulls entered including 32 x Seawinds and eight x Corsair Trimarans, who were invited for the first time following Seawind's acquisition of the company last year... [more]
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Penfold Audi Sport goes carbon
Sail-World,
Melbourne based yachtsman Dave Ellis has upgraded his Archambault A31 'Penfold Audi Sport' with a custom designed Carbon mast from NZ Spars and Rigging. Dave sailed 'Penfold Audi sport' last season with the factory issued Alloy mast to some great results under IRC, but with Dave been the perfectionist that he is he wanted more, Everyone knew from Day 1 the alloy mast was on the softside and D... [more]
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America's Cup: Italian Challenger's return expected on Wednesday
Richard Gladwell,
Italian media are reporting that a media conference will be called late Wednesday afternoon (local time) to announce a return to the America's Cup by the three time Italian challenger, Luna Rossa, headed be Patrizio Bertelli. Also participating at the announcement will be Emirates Team New Zealand's CEO Grant Dalton, and the two teams are expected to announce a working agreement.... [more]
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Kirby responds - ISAF and Laser World Council now with major Headache
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
This week the Laser Class President Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announced that after an overwhelming vote by International Laser Class membership to change the class rules, they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified. The response from Bruce Kirby, was forthright... [more]
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Phuket King's Cup - increased interest from China teams
Phuket King's Cup Media,
Renowned Chinese Olympian dinghy sailor, Xiaqun Song, was skipper of Frank's all-Chinese-crewed boat last year. Her Jelik V boat placed fifth, just behind Frank's own Jelik III entry. China's CCTV1 national television network covered the competitive progress of both of the boats, and was broadcast to a potential audience of several hundred million people in China.... [more]
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Youth Sailing Grand Prix - And then there were three
Craig Heydon,
The inaugural Youth Sailing Grand Prix is heading into the final few events with competition being tight amongst a number of classes. There are now only three regattas left for the 2011 Youth Sailing Grand Prix which include Sail Sydney, the Hobart Showdown Regatta, and Sail Melbourne, following the recent cancellation of Sail Brisbane.... [more]
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Etchells NSW States: Etchells Tuning Guide receives complete overhaul
Tracey Johnstone,
North Sails have updated their Etchells class Tuning Guide in time for a huge summer of offshore Etchells sailing in Australia. It is quite a few years since class members have focused on event offshore racing. With a return to this type of course area many of the competitors are looking to revive their understanding of its challenges.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Wildcard entries announced
World Match Racing Tour,
Monsoon Cup - The race to win the ISAF World Match Racing Tour just got harder with today's announcement that Tour Cardholders Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team and Phil Robertson (NZL) WAKA Racing are to be given wildcard entries to the season finale.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - On to Rolex Sydney Hobart
Peter Campbell,
In the Hempel 38th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race, all but one of the eight yachts that contested have been nominated for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, including the line honours winner The Stick and handicap division winners Wild Rose (IRC) and Quetzalcoatl (PHS).... [more]
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North Sails Trim Seminar a huge success for MHYC members
Dave O'Connor,
Recently, North Sails Australia conducted a quite successful North U Trim seminar that was focused on strengthening boat handling skills and maximizing the performance of your boat for various conditions. Conducting the presentation was the expert team from North Sails including Michael Coxon, Billy Sykes and David O'Connor.... [more]
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Balmain Regatta a huge success
Neil Hamilton,
One of Sydney's oldest sporting events, the Balmain Regatta, was first held in 1849 and continued until 1934 when it was unfortunately discontinued. In 1994, it was brought back by the Wooden Boat Association and hosted at the Balmain Sailing Club as a part of its Spring Series. The event has a lengthy history on our waterways.... [more]
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ISAF Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico
International Sailing Federation,
ISAF Annual Conference for 2011 will be held this week in San Juan, Puerto Rico. ISAF Committee, Sub-committee and Commission members will travel from around the globe to San Juan where they will be joined by ISAF Member National Authorities, sailors, event organisers, class associations, boat manufacturers and many more.... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Mirsky determined to finish on top
World Match Racing Tour,
WMRT Monsoon Cup - With two consecutive event wins under his belt this season Torvar Mirsky (AUS) The Wave Muscat feels he has gone some way to shed his ‘nearly ran' tag, but knows that unless his team lifts the ISAF Match Racing World Championship trophy, he will have failed to silence his harshest critic – himself.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show - Interview with Harry Davis
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show - Harry Davis has a 23 year history with the Boat Show. He is such a ubiquitous presence at the event that he blends in with the scenery and perhaps, many have come to take him for granted.... [more]
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Hutchwilco Melbourne to Stanley - Calm emerges victorious
John Curnow,
Hutchwilco Melbourne to Stanley – Calm emerged from the rain and spray crashing over the pier at just before midnight to win the race on Saturday. They had been around four nautical miles astern of the early race leader, Scarlet Runner, but had worked hard to firstly overtake them and then put nearly the same distance from their stern to Scarlet Runner, before she retired... [more]
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Ahead of Perth 2011-Kovalenko says key to Olympic success is the Big C
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
‘I am not a medal maker, the sailors are the medal-makers' says Australian sailing super coach Victor Kovalenko who has coached thirteen 470 World Championship titles winners and eight 470 Olympic-medal winning crews.... [more]
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Drama ahead as Fundamental Rule Change approved by Laser Class Members
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
A major sports political development may have ramifications for One Design Dinghy sailiing world wide, with the Laser Class President Heini Heini Wellmann and Class Executive Secretary Jeff Martin announcing that after an overwhelming vote by International Laser Class membership to change a fundamental class rule they will be applying to ISAF to have that change ratified.... [more]
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MarineBusiness-World.com wins BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION award
Brendan Maxwell,
MarineBusiness-World.com won BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION at the 2011 Gold Coast Media Awards, announced last night at Bond University on Queensland's Gold Coast, against a field of mainstream media with high profile consumer sites.... [more]
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