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A-Class Australian Championship 2012 - Wangi Wangi
Glenn Ashby  Andrea Francolini ©
Lake Macquarie NSW 11am Friday. 2012 John Cootes Furniture Australian A Class Catamaran Championships at the Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club.

It's been blowing 25-30 knots from the south, offshore. Its only blowing around 18-20 on the Lake, the AP to hold the fleet ashore until the wind settles has just been sounded. Have just grabbed another coffee. Some very interesting people here, we have in the pipeline interviews with John Kostecki, Simon McKeon, more from Glenn Ashby and John Cootes, the Australian Rugby League centre from the late 1960's who is one of the oldest of the A-Cat sailors on the local scene.

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A-Cat Australians - Champions clash
John Cootes Furniture A-Cat Titles Media,
The first race of day 3 at the 2012 John Cootes Furniture A Class Australian Championships hosted by the Wangi Amateur Sailing Club was delayed until 2pm. By then the east south easterly had lifted to six knots and Australia's cricket captain Michael Clarke had reached 300 runs... [more]
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2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger Nationals - Day 4
Rowdy Leatham,
Following a rest day yesterday the 2012 Mitre 10 MEGA NZ Paper Tiger National Championships got back into action today with the third day of racing and another three races completed in 8-12 knots of breeze and blue skies this afternoon.... [more]
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Geelong locals contest Melges 24 Australian Championships
Tracey Walters,
The fifth Melges 24 Australian Championships will be hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club at this years Festival of Sails 26 - 29 January 2012.... [more]
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18ft Skiff Championships - 12ft Skiff Interdominions day 3 + Video
Russell Davis,
On day 3 of the 18ft Skiff Mark Foy Championships, three races (heats 3-6) were scheduled amid 10-15 knots N/E wind with the breeze softening throughout the afternoon. Most skiffs went with their one rigs expecting a relatively easy day.... [more]
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Laser Nationals - Exciting finale
Clare Murray,
Tristan Brown won the Radial national title ahead of Krystal Weir in second and fellow Western Australian Mark Spearman in third, after two races in extremely light, shifty conditions at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron in Manly.... [more]
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Jules Verne Trophy - Brit Brian Thompson a day away from world record
Vicky Pounds,
In the Jules Verne Trophy, Frenchman Loick Peyron skippering Maxi Banque Populaire V is expected to cross the finish line between 21:00hrs GMT on Friday 6 January and 23:00hrs GMT on Saturday 7 January 2012 with his men which includes Brit Brian Thompson.... [more]
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Injury at Sea, stitches and no painkillers
Lisa Blair,
Late on Day 1 at sea the crew on board Gold Coast Australia were battling high seas as we set out for the beginning of Race 7 in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. By day 3 we had taken first place with a nice lead of 20 nautical miles with De Lang Langdon and Singapore just behind us.... [more]
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67th V S Australian Championships hosted by Port Hunter 16' Skiff Club
Colin Gillespie,
the Invitation Sprint and four heats were completed in 20+ knots, the NE flood tide providing great skiff racing conditions. In the strong breeze boat handling and skiffs were tested in the excellent planning conditions up and down hill in flat water... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - No rest for sailors as focus shifts to job lists
Volvo Ocean Race,
The five Volvo Ocean Race teams who arrived in Abu Dhabi at the end of Leg 2 are now staring down long job lists after the shore crews carried out their maintenance checks on the boats overnight. Happily, most of the skippers reported only needing to carry out minor repair work with only Groupama sailing team requiring more substantial work to fix a long crack to the port side of their hull.... [more]
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33rd Nacra Nationals - Day 3
Nacra Australia,
33rd Nacra Nationals day three proved to be a day of two extremes. Light airs in the morning meant that only one race was sailed, while a building ridge ahead of a high pressure system moving through south of the Bight, saw the afternoon's racing blown out.... [more]
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Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta - Down to the wire
Damian Devine,
Pittwater and Coffs Harbour Regatta 2012 - Mark Griffith's Sydney 38 Old School took the boat of the day honours on day one of the two days of racing in Coffs Harbour. With a second and a first he ended the day on three points whilst John McConaghy's custom 47 Second Time Around took the PHS honours, also with a second and a first.... [more]
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83-year-old sailor dismasted in Cape Horn attempt
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Chile's navy this week located a dismasted 32ft yacht with an 83-year-old solo sailor on board about 1800 nautical miles west of Chile and 400 nm south of Easter Island, in fifteen foot swells. The solo sailor, U.S. attorney Louis Corogin was reportedly on his seventh attempt to round Cape Horn. He had left Hanga Roa in Easter Island on 27th December, but activated his EPIRB once dismasted.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race skippers aim sights on in-port points grab
Volvo Ocean Race,
Now that Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race is complete, there is little time for relaxation as the crews are now regrouping and refocusing on the next points scoring opportunity which will be the Etihad Airways In-Port Race on January 13 in Abu Dhabi.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World - Geraldton Western Australia maintains lead
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Geraldton Western Australia's crew are maintaining their lead over the rest of the fleet as they sail towards their goal, Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore. The last 24 hours have seen the disappearance of lighter, more fluky winds and the return of a steady breeze.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Video Gallery - Leg 2 Stage 2
Compiled by Sail-World,
The short 98-mile sprint along the United Arab Emirates coast from Sharjah to Abu Dhabi, for Stage 2 of Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race, delivered the promised close quarters sailing spectacle with the entire fleet finishing within minutes of each other after an intense battle down the coast. En route the MCMs aboard the five racers filed various video clips which have been compiled in this gallery... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Images from Finish of Leg 2
Compiled by Sail-World,
Images from Finish of the second stage of Leg 2 of the 2011 Volvo Ocean Race in Abu Dhabi. The sprint leg of just 98nm was won by the French entry, Groupama, skippered by Franck Cammas... [more]
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Sharpie National Championship – Blur celebrates win
Clare Murray,
Sharpie National Championship – Blur officially celebrated their championship win today after going into the final day of racing with the title already secured. Racing was tight with hot contention for second place; the honour going to McGees Property followed by One Hump of Two in third.... [more]
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Yngling World Championships - New leader
Peter Campbell,
Hamish Jarrett (AUS) has taken the overall lead in the International Yngling world championships midway through the regatta. The first race today was sailed in a light and shifty easterly breeze of 5 to 6 knots, but in typical Sydney Harbour fashion it backed to the ENE in the afternoon and freshened to 12-14 knots, giving the fleet great sailing conditions.... [more]
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Optimist Worlds: Singapore takes Teams Racing event at Napier + Video
Nathalie van Dort,
The second day of teams racing at the 2011 Optimist World Championships, being sailed at Napier on the east coast of New Zealand, started with a glorious sunny day, 16 teams and 32 races ahead. The 2010 World Champion, Thailand, sailed their first race against Poland. Thailand sailed a strong competition and made it through to the semi finals but lost against Peru.... [more]
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Mirror Class Australian Championships – A Family Affair
Rob Cruse,
The 46th National Championships for the International Mirror Class dinghy has been completed at Williamstown Sailing Club in Melbourne. As always the Mirrors featured a huge range of ages amongst competitors, including three boats with junior skippers and adult crews.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week early entries
Rob Mundle,
It is the highly enthusiastic cruising sailors who have lodged early entries for this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. It is anticipated that this year's 29th edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will see a fleet of around 200 yachts competing.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race - Phesheya-Racing reach Wellington
Oliver Dewar,
Nick Leggatt and Phillippa Hutton-Squire took fifth place in Leg 2 of the Global Ocean Race with Class40 Phesheya-Racing, completing the 7,000 mile course from Cape Town to Wellington, New Zealand, in 36 days 05 hours 14 minutes and 30 seconds.... [more]
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Australian B14 National Championships day 3
Adrian Beswick,
Its day three of the Australian B14 National championships and the fleet is becoming quieter at the breakfast table, pre race there was a lot of relaxing around the club lawns and some snoozing too... [more]
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And Miles to go - SB3 regatta circuit
Rod Jones,
The 2012 SB3 sailing year starts in earnest at Royal Geelong YC's Festival of Sails 2012. With up to 15 boats expected at the Victorian Championships at Festival of Sails, the pressure starts to build with the next regatta only a few weeks later in Hobart.... [more]
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