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 18 Sep 2012
 

Sailing in Australia - Will the Kiters burn the Moths

Olympic Games Sailing at Weymouth, Dorset August 2012. Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Ian Jensen celebrate winning gold in the 49er class at the London Olympics.  © Ingrid Abery
After a few quiet weeks on the Australian scene a big event is looming with the seventh annual Heaven Can Wait regatta set for the September 29/30th Long Weekend on Lake Macquarie. (now just 10 days away)

Former Moth World Champion and Olympic 49er Gold Medallist Nathan Outteridge holds the all comers Round the Lake race record but this year a group of determined Kite Boarders are aiming to burn the Moths off.



We will see much more of the Kite boarders in regular sailing events over the next four years leading up to Rio Olympics but at Heaven Can Wait the current Moth World Champion Josh McKnight and Scott Babbage will be amongst the Moth aiming to foil this challenge.

Overall Entries have been coming in fast for the One Lap Dash, the 12 Hour Race and the 24 Hour Race on Lake Macquarie. Enter now at www.Heavencanwait.com.au

This week we have published the second part in our in depth profile on Lou Abrahams. Another great piece by John Curnow on Lou, one of Australia's Sailing Legends.

Lou Abrahams - Sydney Hobart Yacht Race   Crosbie Lorimer


As we all know Australia's recent triple Gold medal success at the London 2012 Olympic Games thrust sailing into the limelight across the country.


Yachting Australia CEO Phil Jones said that Australia's sailors did a great job of raising the profile of the sport and now it was up to sailing clubs to react and reap the benefits.

'This has created a great opportunity for sailing in Australia to reach more people than ever before and introduce these people to our great sport,' he said. 'For some time now Yachting Australia has been working on a program to increase participation across the country and is now ready to introduce the Discover Sailing Program to Australian clubs.'

'Discover Sailing is more than a brand, it's an entire Program that incorporates both changes at clubs and a number of core products and services to be delivered by clubs across Australia,' said Yachting Australia's Participation Manager, Dr. Daisy Brooke.

These include:

Discover Sailing Days and a National Discover Sailing Day, building on the success of current try, and go, sailing days in various states. Some States are conducting these this year, and all are aiming for a national day in 2013. Clubs can run them as often as they like.

Discover Sailing Experiences – a new product currently being developed to provide a three hour sailing and club experience to newcomers.

Learn to Sail Courses – in dinghies and keelboats. Yachting Australia has undertaken a major facelift for its two introductory learn to sail programs in dinghies and keelboats and rebranded the old Yachting Australia Training Centres as Discover Sailing Centres.

A Crew 'Matching' service – matching aspiring crew via the website with boat owners.

A range of promotional material for use by clubs.

Tackers - a fun based junior program, for 7-12 year olds. It's been developed to give sailing the 'cool' factor that kids are looking for and to compete with other sports. It's now being rolled out in all States.

Sailability- providing similar pathways for sailors of all abilities to be included in all club activities.

Sailing Pathways – the backbone of progressing and retaining people in sailing.

On a much less happy note, another five drownings in NSW over the weekend. As in 205 of the last 221 drownings in NSW, the victims were not wearing life jackets while in small tinnies.

September 14, 2012 - Emirates Team NZ's AC72 returns to Auckland after her seventh day of sailing. She is sailing on hydrofoils - and is the largest yacht to do so. The 34th America's Cup will be contested in foiling catamarans capable of speeds in excess of 40kts  Richard Gladwell


Rescue vessels from Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie  Marine Rescue NSW


Easy Tiger Racing (AUS325) Rod Waterhouse and Chris Way win finals race four - 2012 Globaltech F18 World Championship  Rich Roberts


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America's Cup; Jury rigged Oracle Team USA sails in San Francisco
Sail-World,
Oracle Team USA 17 returned to the water today on the San Francisco Bay. A full team ran the new AC72 through various tests, taking the next steps in preparing the boat to sail at full speed. The boat was sailing for the first time since August 31 when testing was cut short due to daggerboard failure in the starboard hull. Temporary daggerboards were used during today's exercises.... [more]
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Melges 32 World Championship - Top talent arrives in Newport
Joy Dunigan,
The start of the 2012 Melges 32 World Championship, hosted by the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) is less than two weeks away and teams from around the world are beginning to trickle into stunning Newport, Rhode Island. A record-breaking 34 entrants are preparing for the upcoming week that will include a rigorous six days of boat and sail measurement, crew weigh-in, practice and event registration.... [more]
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Tornado World Championships - Day 1 on Lake Garda
Andrew Dowley,
A fleet of 41 Tornado's from 11 different nations across the World have arrived in the beautiful scenic location of Torbole on Lake Garda, Italy for the annual Mixed and Open Tornado World Championships. The competition will take place from the 17th - 21st September.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Race announces crew recruitment campaign
Ruth Harrington,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race campaign 'watch my story' launched today, Monday 17th September. This new international crew recruitment campaign is urging people to ‘achieve something remarkable' by swapping the tedium of their daily routine for the excitement of racing across some of the most challenging oceans on the planet. No experience necessary!... [more]
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Offshore Etchells Regatta preview - Entries now open
Richard Howard,
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC) Offshore Etchells Regatta is being held over the Labour Day long weekend, 29th September to 1st October 2012. NCYC and Lake Macquarie Etchells Fleet Inc. invite all Etchells sailors to race in the Regatta.... [more]
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Advance notice - The Bullets Regatta is coming October 27-28
Dick Clarke,
Advance notice - Beware The Bullets Regatta on Pittwater, open invitation to all classes of off-the-beach catamarans, is set to take place October 27th- 28th. The Notice of Race will be published next week, so set that date aside, and join Palm Beach Sailing Club for this great annual event. As the experts say, if you can sail well on Pittwater, you can sail well anywhere!... [more]
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Boating tragedies - One drowned, three missing in weekend capsizes
Ken McManus,
A search is continuing in St George's Basin for three men missing after their small tinny capsized soon after midnight on Sunday. A fourth man from the boat reached safety and raised the alarm at around 1am.... [more]
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A Eureka moment for Harness and lifejacket design
TeamO/Sail-World Cruising,
A new patented British design radically transforms harness design, promising a fundamental rethink of the way that harnesses work for the safety of the leisure sailor. The new product is called the TeamO lifejacket and harness. The Eureka moment came after a tragic loss of life by a British sailor after he had fallen overboard while still attached to his harness.... [more]
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Major technology upgrade gives PredictWind faster forecast updates
Zoe Hawkins,
Popular wind forecast site PredictWind has achieved dramatic speed efficiencies by adopting Amazon Web Services' Cloud computing to deliver high-resolution wind forecasts for almost any part of the globe. By co-opting Amazon Web Services for its Cloud computing power, PredictWind has access to almost six times more computing power with which to process its Volvo Ocean Race-proven weather models.... [more]
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Get set for Power, Sail & Paddle - Brisbane's first on-water boat show
Marine Queensland,
Power, Sail & Paddle 2012 is a FREE event showcasing everything you need to discover boating and to get on the water to enjoy Moreton Bay this summer on this weekend – 22 & 23 September - at the Moreton Bay Trailer Boat Club, Brisbane.... [more]
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Singapore Sailing Federation: Sail in the City
Sail-World Cruising,
While the archipelagos of South East Asia have a rich history of sailing for transport and fishing, modern leisure sailing has been slow to take off. The Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) is now doing something about that, by offering sailing in the middle of Singapore's thriving business district.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Set for fresh water battle + Video
KPMS,
In the time since the launch of the first Farr 40 in 1997, this high-octane grand-prix class has grown to 160 boats sailed in twenty countries. The well-organized class is run like a business, and the ensuing international competition has led the fleet around the globe to race in many of the sailing world's most iconic venues: San Francisco, Miami, Porto Cervo, Newport and Sydney.... [more]
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F18 Worlds - Easy Tiger Racing take second in Masters Division
Lulu Roseman,
A heatwave and high pressure system over Southern California delivered very light conditions to Long Beach for the final day of the 2012 Globaltech F18 World Championship. Easy Tiger Racing's Chris Way and Rod Waterhouse paid a heavy price for misjudging the start in the eight knot south westerly breeze for the one and only race that the Race Committee managed to get away in the Gold Fleet today... [more]
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Inaugural Rolex Swan Cup – Caribbean announced
Jill Campbell,
Rolex Swan Cup – Caribbean has been created by Nautor's Swan together with historic partners Rolex and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). Taking place from 11th to 15th March 2013 at the YCCS Virgin Gorda, the Rolex Swan Cup - Caribbean will include four days of racing under IRC rules, as well as a range of social events.... [more]
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2012 Olympics: Ainslie's coach, David Howlett, on what it takes to win
Royal Yachting Association,
Four time Gold Medal winner, Ben Ainslie (GBR) has a long time relationship with top Finn coach, David 'Sid' Howlett. In this video from the Royal Yachting Association, Howlett talks about their coaching relationship - and the key factors in Ainslie's success.... [more]
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Formula 18 World Championship - French victorious on final day
Rich Roberts,
On Globaltech Formula 18 World Championship 2012 fifth and final day France's Olivier Backes and crew Matthieu Vandame figured they needed to sail only two of the last three races to pocket first place. Wrong. They needed only one as a light southwest breeze gasped its last against warm desert Santa Ana winds... [more]
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Farr 40 Pre-Worlds - Barking Mad victorious at Chicago YC
Farr 40 Class Association,
The 2012 Farr 40 Pre-Worlds is the last of five events in the 2012 Farr 40 North American Circuit and in the strength of yesterday's 1-2-1 scores and top-ten finishes in today's two final races, Jim Richardson from Newport, RI and his Barking Mad team have taken the victory. The win also gives Richardson the overall win in the series.... [more]
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49er European and Youth World Championship - Winners crowned
Jerelyn Biehl,
On the final day of the 49er European and Youth World Championship, theatre Style racing proved to be both exciting and promising. Matheiu Frei and Yann Rocherieux (FRA) sailed beautifully throughout the week and used the new format to their advantage to win the overall title.... [more]
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Formula 18 World Championship Day 4 - French regain grip on title
Rich Roberts,
Globaltech Formula 18 World Championship 2012 fourth day started horribly for France's Olivier Backes and crew Matthieu Vandame — literally — but ended with them holding a firm grip on their second title in three years with only three races remaining.... [more]
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Doyle performance at Forgacs Inner Spring Regatta
Guy Waddilove,
At the NCYC Forgacs Defence Inner Spring Regatta, held off Newcastle last weekend, the top finishers in both IRC divisions all used Doyle sails. IRC division 1 winner Anger Management, a Corby 43, and second placed TP52 Frantic used partial Doyle Stratis sail inventories.... [more]
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Goodness. Gracious. A story of the Doyen, Lou Abrahams. (Pt II.)
John Curnow,
In Part One, we got to see how Lou Abrahams made a start in boating and then racing, becoming one of the sport's most iconic figures in the process. He joined a very select group of souls as a result of his long association with another Australian legend, the Sydney Hobart Race... [more]
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Massive expansion for NB Sailsports with Bethwaite acquisition
Media Services,
Australian sailing sport retail and services group NB Sailsports is already a major Laser, Optimist and Finn retailer, but their product range and depth and facilities are poised for massive expansion.... [more]
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Moth World Champion Josh McKnight set for Heaven Can Wait Regatta
Heaven Can Wait Media,
The newly crowned Moth World Champion Josh McKnight will be racing his Flying Hellfish powered by Easy Tiger Racing in the One Lap Dash in the seventh annual Heaven Can Wait regatta. McKnight, who sailed in the event in 2011, is keen to break the Lake Macquarie One Lap Dash race record currently held by 2012 Olympic 49er Gold Medallist and 2011 Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge.... [more]
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Vestas Sailrocket 2 project returns to Namibia
Paul Larsen,
This September the Vestas Sailrocket 2 project will be returning to the waters of Walvis Bay in Namibia with a new hydrofoil package which they hope will bring them an outright world speed sailing record. The record currently stands at 55.65 knots (64 mph) and is held by American Kite Surfer Rob Douglas. Vestas Sailrocket 2 was built in the Vestas R+D facilities on the Isle of Wight... [more]
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Sail-World Mailbag: Readers respond to the Olympic Media Commentary
Sail-World Readers,
Sail-World readers comment on Gladwell's Line: 2012 Olympic Review - The Media - Friend or Foe? 'What a strange article from Mr Gladwell. I am not sure what point he is trying to make. Foxtel, the Australian Subscription TV rights holder for London 2012, broadcast every medal race live... [more]
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