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 19 Oct 2012
 

Windsurfers ask some tough questions

Boarder X start. Kitesurfing PKRA World Tour Australia - Gold Coast 2010  PKRA
With the ISAF Annual conference just a few weeks away, the Windsurfing community is beginning to apply some heat to the Kiteboarders.

RS: X Class Association's Rory Ramsden asks some pretty fair questions in his Open Letter... Read them here..


RS:X - ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship  ISAF Youth Worlds


Interesting too that the upcoming Phuket King's Cup will have both Windsurfers and Kiteboarders racing... will be revealing indeed.

The news from the Team Oracle camp continues to flow after their devastating pitch pole, at the top mark bear away. For years, this has been a favourite camping ground for sailing photographers with the A Cats and the F18's. Now it seems the tradition continues with the AC72's.

The recovery of US 17 - Oracle Team US - Haulout Pier 80  Erik Simonson © www.pressure-drop.us


Another good news story from GME with the rescue of Glen Ey this week.

Having left Pittwater on Sydney's Northern Beaches on October 4 bound for Eden on the NSW Southern Coast, 44 year old Ey encountered severe weather and was riding out the storm when disaster struck. A rogue wave hit the boat rolling it over and destroying the mast.

After making what repairs he could Glenn started the motor and headed back to what he thought was Sydney coast.

Unsure of his exact position, now out of fuel and drifting helplessly, he activated his GME MT400 406MHz EPIRB... and the rest is history.


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Rio 2016: It's time to take action
Rory Ramsden,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Conference is almost upon us so I thought I'd utilize this opportunity just to reiterate the principle reasons why MNAs and Council members should vote for windsurfing and in particular the RS:X Class. Here are five good reasons why you should vote to include windsurfing in the Olympic sailing programme for Rio 2016.... [more]
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2013-2014 Laser Nationals to be sailed at McCrae YC
Rob Hartnett,
The Victorian Laser Association is pleased to announce that McCrae YC on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula will be the venue of the 2013-2014 Australian Open Laser Championships. Dates at this stage are December 27th - January 4th 2014.... [more]
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GME EPIRB plays critical role in remarkable NSW coastal rescue
Matthew Heap,
Some would argue that solo yachtsman Glenn Ey is an unlucky man, with his beautiful 11 metre vessel Streaker rolled by a rogue wave and dismasted off the NSW South Coast this week.... [more]
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it's a Supercat! (Pt. II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how the Lagoon 450 slots into the range, what the cats are all about and maybe a little about the owners who have kept this brand strong, despite the malaise the world's economies may be experiencing. Right. On y va...... [more]
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ISAF Youth Sailing Worlds - Australian Team selection policy released
Craig Heydon,
The guidelines for the nomination and selection of the Australian Youth Sailing Team to compete at the 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship has been released by Yachting Australia. The 2013 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, between July 11 and 20 with racing to take place in eight classes... [more]
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Festival of Sails 2013 Notice of Race now online
Lisa Ratcliff,
Festival of Sails 2013, the southern hemisphere's largest annual sailing festival and Victoria's longest running sporting event, Notice of Rce was made available today by the host club, Royal Geelong Yacht Club.... [more]
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Top Windsurfing stars join 2012 Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Event Media,
Thai and International sailors to celebrate His Majesty the King of Thailand's Birthday... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart 2012 - Syd Fischer to take Ragamuffin-Loyal south
Di Pearson,
Australian yachting legend Syd Fischer has announced he will skipper last year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Racer line honours winner, Investec Loyal, in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's annual 628 nautical mile race which starts at 1.00pm on Boxing Day.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Rabbitohs completes successful campaign
Frank Quealey,
Australia's most famous Rugby League club, South Sydney is also known as the ‘Rabbitohs' and has the highly recognized image of the rabbit as their emblem.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA damage revealed - images
Erik Simonson,
Erik Simonson of www.pressure-drop.us was down at Pier 80 again this morning and sent these images of Oracle Team USA's USA-17 as she was hauled from the water after the capsize yesterday.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of Oracle's AC72 being hauled from the water
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA's AC72 was hauled from the water at Pier 80 in surprisingly good shape considering her ordeal yesterday, after capsizing and being sucked out into the Pacific Ocean. The netting and other 'consumables' have all gone, but the hulls and platform generally seem to be intact albeit waterlogged.... [more]
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All systems go at Port Dalrymple YC
David Allan,
Port Dalrymple Yacht Club was a hive of action where junior sailors congregated for a weekend of training and racing at Beauty Point. Sailors were joined by a specialised Interstate coach and local coaches from the club. Training Friday night and Saturday morning were followed by some closely contested racing in near perfect conditions.... [more]
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Spectacular action at the Multihull Regatta + Video
Doug Cuming,
There was no shortage of wind providing plenty of thrills and spills in the APC Logistics 2012 Lock Crowther Multihull Regatta held over the October Long Weekend in Pittwater and Broken Bay, north of Sydney. Voodoo Spirit had a close encounter in the run up Pittwater as she dug her bows in to 50° – and survived unlike other recent incidents.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to support youth cancer charity
Amy Martindale,
For the world's longest ocean race, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, British yachting icons Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Dame Ellen MacArthur will launch a charity initiative. 'It has never been the cancer that has worried me but the depression that came with it...Of all the medicines she had, this one - the trip - was the one that made her better!'... [more]
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The Bermuda Boating Bible - don't go there without it
Des Ryan,
If you are thinking of sailing to Bermuda any time soon, there is a book you need to have on board - ‘The Bermuda Boater: A Comprehensive Guide to Piloting and Seamanship for Boaters around the Waters of Bermuda'. It was first released in 1992, but has just been updated by its author, Ralph Richardson - not an actor, but a sailor of some repute.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsizes AC72 in San Francisco - Latest
Richard Gladwell,
Oracle Team USA have capsized their AC72 while training on Day 8 in San Francisco. Reports are still coming in as to the extent of the damage however there were apparently no serious injuries to the crew. The 72ft catamaran pitchpoled,during a bearaway. See the recovery on live video... [more]
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America's Cup: Meanwhile aboard Emirates Team NZ - Images and Video
Chris Cameron,
Emirates Team NZ photographer, Chris Cameron, was onboard the AC 72 sailing on the Hauraki Gulf for another training session on Day 13. For the first time we get to see what it is like aboard the new America's Cup catamaran.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA images after the capsize
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA photographer Guilian Grenier, was on hand after Oracle Team USA's AC72 USA-17 capsized when training on Tuesday afternoon... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA Before and After the Capsize
Guilian Grenier,
Oracle Team USA photographer captured some of the last shots before USA-17 capsized in San Francisco on Tuesday at 3.00pm local time, and afterward... [more]
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America's Cup - High Drama
Richard Gladwell,
As we write this we are watching two screens. On one, a webcam is tracking Emirates Team NZ's ASC72 as she puts in yet another training session on the Hauraki Gulf sailing in winds that are averaging 25kts gusting 35kts. And on the other, in San Francisco, Oracle Team USA's AC72 has capsized, and has drifted out into the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Team USA capsize - full video
Sail-World,
See the full video of the Oracle Team USA capsize in San Francisco Bay in 25kts of breeze. This is the first AC72 to capsize... [more]
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