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 28 Nov 2012
 

Speed, 49er FX, Cup dreams and Vendee—Sailing News from Oz and Beyond

VESTAS Sailrocket 2 at the end of the run, slowing down  © Helena Darvelid/VestasSailrocket
It's official-the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC) has ratified Australian Paul Larsen's speed run over a 500-meter span of water as the world's fastest run of this length. Larsen was 'sailing' aboard his wingsail and hydrofoil-powered Vestas Sailrocket 2 on Namibia's Walvis Bay when he set the stunning average pace of 59.23 knots over this span, thus nudging out American kiteboarder Rob Douglas as the fastest man afloat.

Larson is now the official holder of the WSSRC's 'Outright World and World 'B' Division Sailing Speed Record. But there is more to come after the Aussie showed the blistering potential of the Sailrocket, spiking at 68.01 knots in his runs.

In only five days' time, Melbourne will welcome the Olympic sailing world for the first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta of the 2012-2013 series. The 49erFX will be seen on the world stage for the first time at a major international regatta and with seven entries, five from Australia, one from Norway and one from New Zealand, it marks the start of the road to Rio

Australia - 49er FX  Mackay Boats
Australia's Haylee Outteridge is arguably one of the most experienced female skiff sailors in the fleet having sailed the 29er for many years. And with a 49er Olympic gold medallist brother, Nathan, she knows how hard the journey can be.

'Nathan is a great role model to have,' said Outteridge, 'and one day I would love to bring a gold medal home as well. I see how much hard work he and Goobs [Iain Jensen] put in and know it's not going to come easily.' Outteridge will team up with former Laser Radial sailor Alison Dale for ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne.

Beijing 2008 470 Olympic gold medallist Tessa Parkinson teams up with Kate Lathouras and London 2012 Women's Match Racing silver medallist Olivia Price makes the transition from keelboat to skiff. Further Australian partnerships include Anna Kendall and Michelle Muller and Ella Giudice and Caitlin Elks.

Action in Asia next week with the Phuket King's Cup kicking off on Monday. The Sail-World team will be once again reporting from Phuket.

The 2012 Monsoon Cup is just a few days away, a lot of interest in the Australian father and son battle between veteran Peter Gilmour and son David Gilmour. The third Aussie in the roster is fellow West Australian Keith Swinton.
The field is stacked too with Kiwis with former world champion Adam Minoprio, Phil Robertson and Laurie Jury. Half of the overall list for these two countries, with Britain's Ian Williams expected to figure strongly at the end.

Next up will be the ION SB20 World Championships at Hamilton Island, the first ever class titles in the southern hemisphere.

ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Trophy

Ben Ainslie (GBR)
Finn - London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist and 2012 World Champion  © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo
Meanwhile, in Olympic sailing circles, Team Great Britain's Ben Ainslie, winner of four Gold and one Silver Olympic Sailing medals-formally announced his retirement from Olympic sailing.

For Ainslie, this next challenge is America's Cup World Series 2012/2013, where he is skipper of J.P. Morgan-backed Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) team, and the build-up to the 34th America's Cup as he gets ready to work with Oracle Racing next year.

Alex Thomson, Hugo Boss - 2012 Vendee Globe  Alex Thomson Racing - copyright
And in offshore-sailing circles, Alex Thomson (GBR) has rocketed into second place in the singlehanded, nonstop-and-unassisted-around-the-world Vendee Globe Race. While happy to see his place advance on the thirteen-strong fleet, Thomson was quick to acknowledge that this fortune could prove short-lived, depending on how the leading pack of IMOCA 60s enters the Roaring 40s, en route to the first of the three great capes.

And finally
Warren Johns  © Mosman Sporting Hall of Fame
This week 78 year old Sydney yachtsman Warren Johns sailed on. His red 50 footer Heaven Can Wait and Johnsie's attitude to life had been an inspiration to many. Fair winds.

2011 Zhik SB20 Worlds Day 1  © Brian Carlin | Cube Images


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WSSR Council announces establishment of a new World Record
John Reed, WSSR Council,
The WSSR Council has now announced the establishment of a new World Record. Current 'B' category record: 2012. Vestas SailRocket. Paul Larsen AUS. Walvis Bay, NAM. 54.08 kts... [more]
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WMRT Monsoon Cup - Minoprio, Alpari Racing Team ready for battle
Leigh Ireland,
2012 Monsoon Cup wildcard Adam Minoprio has confirmed that he will lead the newly-formed Alpari Racing Team at the closing event of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour next month, and expects his team to be back to their Championship-winning best, seven years after their first outing in Malaysia.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne - 49erFX to debut at ISAF Sailing World Cup
ISAF,
In only five days' time, Melbourne will welcome the Olympic sailing world for the first ISAF Sailing World Cup regatta of the 2012-2013 series. The 49erFX will be seen on the world stage for the first time at a major international regatta and with seven entries, five from Australia, one from Norway and one from New Zealand, it marks the start of the road to Rio.... [more]
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UON SB20 World Championships -- online registration ends on Saturday
Lisa Ratcliff,
The field of competitors for the upcoming UON SB20 World Championships at Hamilton Island next month is almost set with late entries having until 5 pm Saturday, 1 December, to register online for the prestigious racing event. The 2012 UON SB20 World Championship will feature champions and contenders coming from Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as they gun for the ov... [more]
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Australian Sports Boat Calendar 2013
Darren Spence,
Introducing the Australian Sports Boat Association 2013 Calendar. One of the most important tasks the committee of ASBA undertake is to organise, manage and promote events for its members and the Sports Boat fleet around the country. There are many great regattas' that Sports Boat participate in and more still starting up which want to include a division for Sports Boats.... [more]
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General in command as casualties soar at Rockwater Coventry Reef Race
YWA Offshore,
After a relatively light start to the season, Fremantle Sailing Club's 48 nautical mile Rockwater Coventry Reef ocean race proved once again to be the Old Faithful of strong sea breezes. Crews and their boats were sorely tested by the conditions in Saturday's race, which started in a benign south-easterly that clocked to south-south-west and built steadily throughout the day.... [more]
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The passing of Sydney yachtsman Warren Johns
Ian Grant,
Sadly, the ever popular Sydney yachtsman Warren Johns, who affectionately regarded the ports of Mooloolaba and Hamilton Island among his favourite sailing destinations, passed away last week. After surviving a quadruple bypass, Warren Johns raced on the International circuit with the high performance sloop Heaven Can Wait.... [more]
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Enter or nominate for PWA Islas Canarias Windsurfing Excellence Awards
Chris Yates,
The race for the PWA Islas Canarias Windsurfing Excellence Awards is beginning to heat up as the competition heads towards its climax. Since their launch in June this year, windsurfers from all across the world have been entering or nominating entries for the awards, now the deadline for entries is in sight as the competition shall conclude in January 2013.... [more]
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Fancy sailing the Irish Coast? Join the Gathering Cruise, July 2013
Irish Sailing Association/Sail-World,
The Irish Sailing Association and the Gathering Ireland 2013 have announced details of the Gathering Cruise 2013 and of their partnership for 2013. This completely unique event in both the Irish sailing and Gathering Ireland calendars will bring together a flotilla of yachts from across the UK, Europe and further afield as they sail to Irish ports as part of Gathering Ireland 2013.... [more]
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Vendee Globe chess match commences + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) torpedoed into second place at the 1500 GMT ranking today. Although he feels it will be short lived, 'Up to second place on the rankings! Will be short lived when Macif and Virbac get the new wind first but happy anyway!'... [more]
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2012 Paralympic Games a winner in global TV ratings
IPC,
The London 2012 Paralympic Games were a TV ratings winner with pictures shown in more countries than ever before and attracted their biggest ever international audience according to new figures published by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Remaining boats finally set sail
Rachel Hibberd,
Following two extra nights in Las Palmas, Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2012 cruising boats finally set sail to join the racing division boats already at sea en route to Saint Lucia. A total of 226 boats and 1269 people are now participating in the 27th edition.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Thomson in third, complications for Gabart
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Jean-Pierre Dick's (Virbac Paprec 3) loss is Alex Thomson's (Hugo Boss) gain. Dick's decision to dip south away from the theoretical and shortest route, gambling that he will gain miles on the winds gradually shifting to the west in order to propel him to the Cape of Good Hope has meant that Thomson has slipped into third place.... [more]
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Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship - Tied at the top
Jennifer Crooks,
At the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship, Ashlen Rooklyn and Chris Steele, representing the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, are tied at the top of the leaderboard. 'It was a glamour day,' Rooklyn said this afternoon after stepping onto the CYCA dock at the completion of Flight Seven of Round Robin One.... [more]
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Ben Ainslie announces retirement from Olympic sailing for Cup bid
Lucy Harwood – Ben Ainslie Racing,
Ben Ainslie has now announced his retirement from Olympic sailing. At London 2012, Ainslie cemented his spot in sporting history by securing his fourth consecutive gold medal, it was the culmination of an Olympic career spanning 16 years. The final gold medal also entered Ainslie into the history books making the most successful Olympic sailor of all time.... [more]
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Competitors already pumped up for 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Bruce Montgomery,
The 2012 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race is expected to provide the action and drama every sailing enthusiast craves for as Australia's living legend Syd Fischer banners a field of world class competitors slugging it out for glory in one of the most popular sailing events in the world.... [more]
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Fay and Frew sail back into contention in NSW Cherub States
Rolf Lunsmann,
Current Cherub National Champions Kris Fay and Morgan Frew, sailing Wally, stormed back into contention for the NSW State Championship with a win and two second places in the second round of the four round series. Sailing on their home waters at Belmont 16ft Sailing Club, Fay and Frew closed in on the series leaders Alison Chapman and Kurt Warner form Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Skiff Club.... [more]
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A day out on the harbour with two Olympic sailing legends
Henri Lloyd Australia,
London Olympic gold medallists, Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher, gained a couple of new training partners for a day as part of the Ultimate Sailing Package by Henri Lloyd at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. Michael Yip of Carlingford and his partner were the lucky winners of a once-in-a-lifetime Audi Sailing Experience, involving a personal sailing lesson by Malcolm Page and Mathew Belcher.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013 Accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2013? All the best properties book out early, so make sure you book soon to secure your preferred option.... [more]
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Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club welcome Chris Nicholson
Phil Hall,
Sorrento Sailing and Couta Boat Club was very proud to play host to Chris Nicholson, multiple world champion, twice Olympian and veteran of four Volvo Ocean Races on Saturday night. SSCBC Commodore Robbie Hiam said, 'To have someone of Chris's statue entertaining us for a night was a terrific opportunity and a great way to get some firsthand knowledge of life at the very top of our sport.... [more]
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12' Skiff NSW State Championships -- Inter-dominion spots at stake
Emma Simonsen,
Top-notch sail racing competition is about to unfold off the coast of Australia over the next two weekends as dozens of wonderful 12' skiffs boats battle it out for sailing supremacy at the 2012 NSW State Championships.... [more]
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Australia's Paul Larsen sails at 68 knots!!
The Sail-World team,
For anyone who is happy crossing oceans at six knots, it's hard to get your head around the idea of sailing at 68 knots, but that is what Australian Paul Larsen has just done on his Vestas Sailrocket 2, breaking and then re-breaking his own newly established speed records on Namibia's Walvis Bay.... [more]
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2013 ASMEX lineup features top names: Lu, Sorgiovanni, Busfield
Jeni Bone,
With just seven months until the third Australian Superyacht & Marine Export Conference (ASMEX) kicks off, 20 to 22 May 2013, organisers are finalising speakers and events for a program already brimming with top names and some of the industry's most influential proponents.... [more]
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18 footers - Race 6 AEG 3 Buoy Handicap Series
Bob Killick,
18 footers Race 6 AEG 3 Buoy Handicap Series on Sydney Harbour was won emphatically by ASKO, Marcus Ashley-Jones, Ash Rooklyn, and Geronimo Harrison. Asko took the lead early on the first beat to the 3 buoys, which due to this skiff's 8 min handicap, and its nearest Red Buoy turn mark, established a huge break... [more]
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Young Soldiers Point Sailing School sailors get Etchells yacht
Lue Fagan,
A special ceremony took place at Soldiers Point Marina on the weekend to dedicate an Etchells Class Yacht gifted by the family of the late Peter Downs to the Soldiers Point Sailing School. Cr Sally Dover Deputy Mayor of Port Stephens officiated and unveiled a commemorative plaque in front of Peter's wife Edie, their son Andy, daughter-in-law Emily and family and friends.... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Ice gate position shifts + Video
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, Alessandro Di Benedetto (Team Plastique), in the North Atlantic, crossed the Equator this morning at 0807 GMT. 'Here it is hot everywhere! I just take good wind finally. Today I did a ceremony for the passage of Ecuador and I gave a little rum offered by Didier Elin Neptune and the boat with rice and salt (Japanese style).... [more]
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Vendee Globe - Jeans make a westward gamble
Vendee Globe,
In the Vendee Globe, the front guns are slowing as they negotiate a light passage between the Saint Helena high and a depression forming off Argentina. The fleet this morning crossed the symbolic 20,000 miles theoretical distance to finish (DTF Distance To Finish), Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire), the most easterly of boats slowed down to a crawling ten knots.... [more]
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North Sails 3DL sails same price of Panel equivalent!!
Dave O'Connor,
North Sails Australia is dedicated to servicing club racers who are looking to improve the performance of their boats and with 3DL sails for boats 35ft and under now available at very competitive prices. There has never been a better time to invest in your boats performance.... [more]
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International Etchells Class Queensland State Champs at Southport YC
Bronwen Ince,
Southport Yacht Club was host to the 2012 International Etchells Class Queensland State Championships with 20 entrants sailing in perfect Queensland conditions offshore of the beautiful Gold Coast beaches.... [more]
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