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 05 Nov 2012
 

ISAF Annual Meeting 2012 - Key event for Australia

David Kellett speaking at the Opening Media Conference for the 2008 Olympics where he was the ISAF Technical Delegate, a role he also filled at the 2012 Olympics at Weymouth  Richard Gladwell ©
While most of world news attention is riveted to this week's American Presidential election, the international sailing community has a presidential election of our own on November 10th, namely that of the office of ISAF President and this election is of special interest to the Australian sailing community.

Current ISAF President Goran Petersson is set to step down from his eight-year stint in November, and a field of three candidates -Australia's own David Kellet and Carlo Croce (ITA), Eric Tulla (PUR) and are running for the top job.

Today Kellet, who we Aussies all know is a bloody straight shooter talks about his vision for the position, his style of leadership and 'nails his colours to the mast', directly addressing perceived criticisms of his candidacy.


'In earlier correspondence with you, I have given you a background of myself and my passion for the sport of sailing,' wrote Kellet in an open letter to all national sailing authorities. 'I am a practical, hands-on leader who is very approachable [and] with no hidden agenda. As you can probably gather from my emails and letters, I prepare everything myself and openly express how I feel about matters, no professional presentation, just an honest straightforward approach.'

Kellet, it should be noted, is a veteran racing sailor with 38 Sydney-Hobarts (and counting), as well as Fastnet and Newport-Bermuda experience, to his credit and has served two four-year stints as ISAF VP, as well as a four-year term as ISAF Treasurer.

Check out the multi-media reports, inside this issue, to learn more about the ISAF Assembly and election, which will be held this coming weekend in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

It's make or break time for the windsurfers trying to get the ISAF kiteboarding for Brazil 2016 overturned. Be sure to check out Richard Gladwell's interesting piece on past Olympic medallists' thoughts on kiteboarding versus windsurfing for the 2016 Games.

Given that the crucial vote for 2016 Olympic Equipment is about to happen, proponents of both sailing disciplines have been making strong arguments as to why their side should prevail, but Gladwell's piece, which is essentially a collection of quotes from Olympic greats, offers a far deeper look into the realities of changing from 'planks' to kites.
Back to Australia we are very pleased to report on the very successful launch of Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA)'s new F18 Capricorn. The F18 scene is significant in Europe especially so we will follow the progress of this new design with interest .

The Rolex Sailor of the Year award, to be announced in Dublin has special interest for Australia with Mathew Belcher, Malcolm Page, Nathan Outteridge, Iain Jensen and Tom Slingsby have all traveled to Dublin with the announcement to take place at a dinner on Tuesday evening.

August 6, 2012 - Weymouth, England - Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen chat with Tom Slingsby before starting their final two races   Richard Gladwell ©


The three gold medal winning crews are all in the running for the prestigious award, with 2012 being the first time that Australia has had three finalists.

Australia's 470 men's, 49er and Laser crews will face tough opposition for the award with Great Britain's four-time Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie and French round-the-world sailor Loick Peyron also finalists.

And in America's Cup news, Artemis Racing, the Challenger of Record for the 34th AC, has officially launched their first AC72 class wing sail-powered catamaran, despite some initial 'birthing pains'.

Also AC related, Luna Rossa launched their AC72 last week in Auckland, and have already started their sailing program, no doubt in an effort to log precious training time and to try to close the massive experience gap between themselves and Emirates Team New Zealand. Inside, check out ace shooter Carlo Borlenghi's great image gallery of the team's silvery cat's first sail, get Richard Gladwell's report on the team's first foiling experience.

Artemis Racing AC72 Launch, 3 November 2012, Alameda, USA  Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing ©


The Sail-World.com Team



F18 - the Hot new Capricorn (Part I)
John Curnow,
Every now and then a racing boat comes along that has success written all over it. Such is the new F18 Capricorn catamaran, Designed by multihull expert Dr Martin Fischer and built by an Australian marine company with a long long pedigree, Performance Sailcraft Australia (PSA).... [more]
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ISAF Presidential candidate David Kellett talks to the sailing world
Sail-World,
ISAF Presidential candidate, David Kellett (AUS) has released a video setting out his experience and aspirations. Kellett is a veteran of 38 Sydney Hobart Races and has been involved in the ISAF since 1991. As well as being the ISAF Treasurer, and a two-term Vice President, Kellett has also been the ISAF Technical Delegate to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.... [more]
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ISAF Conference: Training & Development Seminar sails into the future
Daniel Smith,
Every year the Training and Development Seminar attracts many delegates and observers, attending the International Sailing Federation Annual Conference, who share ideas and thoughts on the progression of sailing. This year was no different and saw nine times Kite Racing World Champion Kristin Boese spoke about her work in encouraging others to compete.... [more]
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Rose looks to Nationals after dominating Showdown Regatta
Steve Price,
Three time National Paper Tiger Champion Bruce Rose took a runaway victory in this year's Audi Showdown Regatta with a perfect eight wins from eight starts. Rose sailed flawlessly throughout the regatta using his superior boat speed to accelerate clear of the fleet despite having to come from behind on more than one occasion.... [more]
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New F18 Capricorn bursts onto scene at New South Wales State Titles
Sail-World.com,
The F18 New South Wales State Titles 2012, hosted by Kurnell Catamaran Club, were held on Botany Bay over the weekend of third and 4th November. The new Capricorn was the centre of attention. It is the newest design from the pen of the Hobie Wildcat designer Dr. Martin Fischer, and is built in Australia by Performance Sailcraft (PSA). It showed impressive speed, taking first and third place and... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of the Artemis Racing launch and christening
Sander van der Borsch,
Top international photographer Sander van der Borsch, team photographer for Artemis Racing presents a further gallery of images from the launch and christening of the team's first AC72, launched in San Francisco on November 3, 2012... [more]
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Etchells off to a strong start on Tuesday Night Series
Alex Webster,
A tremendous start to the Auckland Etchells Tuesday Night Season in fickle conditions felt like high-stakes poker, with displays of calculated ambition, misjudged caution and all-in kahunas at each shuffle of the deck. The results (scrawled, fittingly, on a bar napkin) eloquently describe how the chips changed hands often over the three races (although familiar high-rollers ultimately remained... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa - Questions from the NZ sailing media
Richard Gladwell,
Last Thursday week, before the launch of Luna Rossa's America's Cup Challenger in Auckland, Team Patron, Patrizio Bertelli, and skipper Max Sirena, held a media conference in the Sofitel for New Zealand media. Most of the key New Zealand sailing media were there. Following is a record of the conference with the general sports media questions stripped out.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs 3-Buoys Challenge - Race 4 on Sydney Harbour
Frank Quealey,
Giltinan champion skipper Steve Jarvin and his Gotta Love It 7 crew of Scott Babbage and Peter Harris were on great form today to take out Race 4 of the AEG 3-Buoys Challenge in a fifteen knot North East wind on Sydney Harbour. The Gotta Love It 7 team grabbed the lead at the final bottom mark of the four-lap course then edged away to defeat Appliancesonline.com.au by 56s.... [more]
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America's Cup: Vital step for Challenger of Record in San Francisco
Erik Simonson,
The wingsail was installed and Artemis Racing's AC72 was christened today in Alameda, San Francisco. It was a long day for the Artemis team, the Challenger of Record for the 34th America's Cup, and one which began before dawn. The hull was moved to water's edge in the darkness and loaded via crane slowly as the sun began to rise.... [more]
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Artemis Racing launches first AC72 catamaran
Artemis Racing,
Artemis Racing has now launched its first AC72 catamaran, marking a major milestone in the team's quest for the America's Cup. Thousands of design and build hours came together today when the AC72 was launched at the team's base in Alameda. Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco and Godmother of Artemis, christened the AC72 in the presence of the entire team and their families.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Record visitors to Race Village in Les Sables d'Olonne
Vendee Globe,
The level of the Vendee Globe's historic success continues to grow in Les Sables d'Olonne. In two weeks, no less than 575,000 visitors attended the Race Village and pontoons to see the 20 boats competing in the forthcoming non-stop round-the-world solo race without assistance.... [more]
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Audi Showdown - Protest upsets long race fleet
Peter Campbell,
A protracted protest hearing at the Audi Showdown in Hobart resulted in the disqualification of all but six of the competitors in Group 1 of the Combined Clubs Long Race, sailed as part of the three-day regatta.... [more]
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America's Cup: Luna Rossa foils on Day 1 - with single foil
Richard Gladwell,
Luna Rossa Challenge were able to get their AC72 foiling on their first day of sailing on the Hauraki Gulf on Friday (NZT) It was the first day of sailing for the Italian America's Cup Challenger starting in light winds which slowly increased top around 15 knots.... [more]
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America's Cup: Join Emirates Team NZ for an AC72 aerial photo-shoot
Chris Cameron,
Join Emirates Team NZ photographer Chris Cameron as he jumps in a helicopter, and for the first time, gets a birds eye view of the AC72 ripping around Auckland Hauraki Gulf.... [more]
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Testing conditions for the 2012 QLD State Match Racing Championships
Shane Smith,
Over 27th/ 28th October, Southport YC was host to the Queensland Match Racing Champs for the third successive year. Despite a few teams withdrawing from the event, five teams contested the event, two Sunshine Coast teams from Noosa, Mooloolaba, one Brisbane team, RQYS joining the two teams from Southport YC, with current State Champions from Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club being the ones to beat.... [more]
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2016 Olympics: Kiteboard Association releases Promotional video
Richard Gladwell,
Ahead of a crucial vote for the Events for the 2016 Olympics the International Kiteboarding Association has released a promotional designed to to show the sport at its best. Hear from sailors on the format and equipment, get first hand information from RS:X sailors like Dorian van Rijsselberghe, Zac Plavsic, and Race Officers like St. Francis' Director of Race Operations, Robbie Dean.... [more]
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Election of ISAF Officers to take place in Dun Laoghaire
ISAF,
The election of Officers of the International Sailing Federation, will take place at the ISAF General Assembly in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland on 10 November 2012. The ISAF Annual General Meeting is held at the close of the Annual Conference, and every fourth year is known as the General Assembly and brings together all of the Member National Authorities (MNAs), who represent the nations within ISAF.... [more]
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So just who is Pantaenius, then? (Part II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we got to discover that whilst Pantaenius is very old, he is not actually the fourth Musketeer or an ancient Greek philosopher. In fact, he is probably an it, or really a they when you come to think of it, and they are Europe's largest marine insurer.... [more]
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New Olympic Multihull Nacra 17 – Update
Nacra Sailing,
The production of the Nacra 17, which is the new Olympic multihull for Rio 2016, is continuing at pace at Composite Marine International (CMI) in Thailand. By the end of the week, boat number 70 will be laminated and the first containers are underway to Europe.... [more]
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Dual Olympic Gold Medallist, Malcolm Page, guest speaker at MHYC
Pip Lodder,
Dual Olympic Gold Medallist, current joint winner of Male Sailor of the Year & MHYC Member, Malcolm Page, will be the guest speaker at Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Wednesday 14th November at 7.30pm.... [more]
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Paper Tigers ready to roar at Showdown Regatta
Steve Price,
This weekend's annual Audi Showdown Regatta hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania will see a healthy fleet of Paper Tiger Catamarans take to the River Derwent. The class is experiencing a renaissance in Tasmania with sixteen boats regularly sailing out of the Lauderdale Yacht Club on Hobart's Eastern Shore and another three now sailing from the Midway Point Yacht Club.... [more]
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