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 30 Jan 2012
 

Just back from Geelong, after a very successful Festival of Sails regatta.

Absolutely postcard weather, as we've come to expect - excellent on water management and by far the best shore-side entertainment of any regatta in the southern hemisphere.

We have a host of in depth interviews in the pipeline and you will see those over the coming days.

Good news today, Tess Lloyd, the young Victorian 29er skipper injured in a midrace accident is starting her rehabilitation in Brisbane.

The Sail-World Team



Festival of Sails - Georgia hits ball out of park - latest results
Lisa Ratcliff,
In the spirit of the regatta Jim Farmer's New Zealand Botin & Carkeek 52, Georgia, has sailed the final Festival of Sails race and with their nine point finish from eight races have hit the ball so far out of the park it may never be found.... [more]
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Tess Lloyd set for rehabilitation
Craig Heydon,
Victorian 29er skipper Tess Lloyd is continuing to show very positive signs as she continues to recover from a head injury sustained during the final race of the Australian Youth Championships.... [more]
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Brass Monkey series Race 4 at Liverpool YC
James Connolly,
A light SSE wind pattern determined that it wasn't going to easy to set good courses. Class 1 line honours went to Nods followed by Max but by the slimmest of margins, one second, on corrected time, Easy Tiger snatched victory.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Mark Heeley chats with Mr Coxon + Video
Bob Killick,
Team Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabus won again and successfully defended their Australian 18ft Skiff title.... [more]
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Belcher and Page victorious at 2012 Rolex Miami OCR
Belcher & Page 2012,
Sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page came out of the 2012 Rolex Miami OCR victorious and now they share with us the experience and excitement of their win which marked a first in the regattas history. Finally managed to win the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta. After two silver medals in our last two attempts, it was a nice feeling for Malcolm and I to come away with the Gold.... [more]
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European Yacht of the Year: Beneteau Oceanis 45
Nancy Knudsen,
They've done it again. Beneteau, possibly the best known cruising brand in the world and always an ideal choice for coastal cruising, has just won another accolade as the European Yacht of the Year for 2012, in the Family Cruiser category. The Oceanis 45 has won this coveted title.... [more]
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North Sails overview of One Design racing in Australia
David O'Connor,
North Sails Australia - It's been a very busy time for One Design racing in Australia over the past couple of weeks and there is plenty more to come. We've just had the Victorian Etchells States where Noel Drennan from North Sails Melbourne once again took out the title. Mark Tonner displayed good boat speed and raced well with smart boat position to place second overall... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episode 23 - Luna Rossa launched
ACM,
This week's Episode 23 This week's show heads to Auckland to check in with Luna Rossa Challenge. The Italian team has just launched their new AC45 and we hear what skipper Max Sirena has planned for training with Emirates Team NZ. While in New Zealand we stop by the factory to uncover the new wing extensions... [more]
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Melges 24 Australian Championship - Second national victory for Bandit
Tracey Walters,
Today was a hot final day of racing with the dolphins on Corio Bay, Geelong, at the Parks Victoria 2012 Melges 24 Australian Championship. Overall, the results were spread but the racing on the course super close, keeping the fleet focused and competitive.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Biddy Hu 11 skipper wins memory story competition
Paul Lindeman, Skipper of Biddy Hu II,
Paul Lindeman of Biddu Hu II has won the ‘Bundaberg at the Festival of Sails' Memory story competition. An extract: 'Then a boat up ahead begins to round up under the new pressure coming to meet us, the spinnaker than begins to flog and look more like a bed sheet on a washing line....'... [more]
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London Olympics 2012 - Ainslie in fear of being banned
Daily Mail UK,
Ben Ainslie, 35 on Saturday, will not discover whether he is to be robbed of the chance to go for his fourth Olympic gold on the water at Weymouth until a Royal Yacht Association inquiry to be held by the end of next month rules... [more]
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Warren Jones International Youth Regatta - Ten years strong
John Roberson,
The tenth annual Warren Jones International Youth Regatta starts on Tuesday 31st January on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia.... [more]
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Miami OCR - Zach Railey takes Finn Gold
Robert Deaves,
The Rolex Miami OCR was the same size fleet that will be at the Olympics this coming August, so it was good small fleet practice for many.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race: Southern Ocean and Cape Horn lie ahead for Fields
Ivor Wilkins,
With more than 6,000 miles of the planet's most hostile ocean ahead of them, the Global Ocean Racing fleet left Wellington in unusually benign conditions today. Despite its daunting reputation for storm force winds and massive waves, overall race leaders Ross and Campbell Field of Team Buckley Systems were looking forward to the Southern Ocean blast to Cape Horn.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2012 - Festival Finale + results
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Festival of Sails divisional winners were acknowledged at two trophy presentations, a breakfast for those whose series finished yesterday and a final presentation this afternoon on the lawn of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2012 - Bourke wins SB3 Victorian Championship
Lisa Ratcliff,
The shutters came down on the Festival of Sails 2012 this afternoon. Warwick Rooklyn's Bandit has been crowned Melges 24 national champion for the second year running after a stunning series victory. Glenn Bourke's Club Marine Hamilton Island is the undisputed champion of the SB3 class contesting the Bundaberg Rum SB3 Victorian Championship.... [more]
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470 Junior Worlds: Images from Day 2
Richard Gladwell,
Images from the second day of the 470 Junior World Championships being sailed at Takapuna, Auckland City. The conditions were fresh, testing the crews in the furthest offshore areas of the course. Sailors from 13 countries, aged under 22 years are competing for the World title in Open and Mens, and Womens events.... [more]
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Miami OCR final day decides medals in ten Olympic classes
Barby MacGowan,
Ten Olympic classes competed in their final medal races to determine gold, silver and bronze winners at the Rolex Miami OCR for 2012.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Variety families try sailing
Lisa Ratcliff,
The partnership between the Festival of Sails and Variety, the Children's Charity is giving disadvantaged and special needs children the chance to taste a little of what is going on further out in Corio Bay.... [more]
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Miami Sailing World Cup - Australian sailors win Gold and Silver
Craig Heydon,
Australian sailors have won two medals on the final day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami, Florida, with Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page claiming Gold in the 470 class and Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty picking up Silver in the Women's Match Racing.... [more]
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Lou Abrahams ‘Next Challenge' crowned 2012 Sydney 38 National champion
Damian Devine,
The Lou Abrahams owned, Mark Bulka skippered ‘The Next Challenge' has been crowned the 2012 Sydney 38 national champion with a comfortable 12 point win.... [more]
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Andhoey has stowaway but no EPIRB in trip to Antarctic
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Tearaway Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhoey has told a Norwegian broadcasting company he was told by New Zealand officials to leave New Zealand but didn't know there was still a workman on board. After they left port in a hurry they realised the man was present. He then became an inadvertent stowaway because Andhoey was actually headed for Antarctica with no intention of returning to New Zealand.... [more]
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Melges 24 Australian Championships day 3 - Melges mix it up
Tracey Walters,
Melges 24 Australian Championships fleet was back in Corio Bay for day three of racing. Hot sun and a light to moderate South Easterly breeze set the scene for three windward leeward races. The fleet seem to get closer together the more races they complete.... [more]
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Australian brothers lead after long first day for 470 Junior Worlds
Sail-World,
The fleet were on the water for around five hours for just two races on Day 1 of the 2012 470 Junior World Championship, hosted at Takapuna Boating Club in Auckland, New Zealand. The races were sailed today with the 10 women's crews and 23 men's crews sailing as one fleet, scored separately things are very tight at the top, especially in the Open fleet.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2012 - First Saturday images
www.sail-world.com,
Festival of Sails 2012 photographer Teri Dodds blistered her trigger finger today, capturing the action on Corio Bay. It might have been 34 degrees dockside but on Corio Bay, with a 10-15 knot southerly, the biggest decision was 30+ or 45+ sunscreen.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Late finish to Melbourne to Geelong passage race
Lisa Ratcliff,
The Festival of Sails Melbourne to Geelong passage race elapsed time for Corio Vertue's over 34 nautical mile course was 8 hours 42 minutes compared to Tim Pepperell and his red hot trimaran, Bare Essential's time of 3 hours 35 minutes.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Corio Bay produces mixed conditions on day 4
Lisa Ratcliff,
The short course starters enjoyed an early sea breeze, followed by a glass-out during the middle of the day, and finally, Geelong's Corio Bay put its best foot forward for the afternoon session.... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2012 - Triple to Georgia
Lisa Ratcliff,
Festival of Sails Audi Centre Geelong Premier Racing Division A and the three windward/leeward races were sailed in different conditions and Georgia adapted seamlessly to each, although the final scalp involved some good fortune when Rob Hanna's TP52 Shogun fluffed a gennaker set.... [more]
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