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 22 Mar 2013
 

Sail Port Stephens - A Must Do Regatta, VOR - Nicole Scott and More

Marcus Blackmore's TP52, Hooligan during the Etchells NSW Championship  John Curnow ©
Sail Port Stephens 2013, will be sailed from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st April 2013.

Now the second largest regatta sailed in NSW. Location is important, Port Stephens is just 110 nautical miles from Sydney and 2.5 hours driving time, with Newcastle airport just 20 minutes from the Port Stephens holiday town of Nelson Bay.


Early morning over d'Albora's Marina, Nelson Bay.jpg  Sail Port Stephens Event Media

Regatta central is at d'Albora Marina, in downtown Nelson Bay, with ever growing elements of the fleet at the multiple award winning Soldiers Point and the Anchorage Resort marina further along the bay.

(L-R) 'Zen', 'Exile' and 'Victoire' race during the NSW IRC Championships at the 2012 Sail Port Stephens Regatta   Matt King /Sail Port Stephens 2012

The IRC 2011 Australian Champion Marcus Blackmore, twice NSW IRC Division 1 champion has been a strong supporter of the event. ‘I can't say enough good things about this event - great sailing waters, superb race management and great event management overall.

Hooligan get off the leeward rail ready for a gybe. - Sail Port Stephens  John Curnow ©

You can enter online at this Must Do Regatta at www.sailportstephens.com.au

This coming Saturday- the launch for Objective Australia's Red Bull Youth America's Cup team is looking at setting some records for the Alfred's, with hundreds expected to attend.

Media Crew Member Hamish Hooper in action, onboard Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand for the practice race in Lisbon, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12  Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©

The Volvo Ocean Race hunt for Onboard Reporters for the upcoming edition in 2014-15 has been given a resounding response, with over 1,500 applications received by organisers in less than three months. The Volvo Ocean Race is seeking experienced multimedia storytellers with steady enough hands and nerves to supply video, audio, text and pictures from the oceans during the nine-month race around the world.


According to the high profile and often controversial Australian photographer Nicole Scott, she is amongst those applicants.

Scott established a FaceBook page promoting her application and within a very very short time received absolutely incredible support for her endeavours, with some 95% of her ´likes´coming from the Indian subcontinent.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Farr 40 class presents legendary Bob Fisher with Rolex Submariner
Bill Wagner,
The Farr 40 Class Association honored legendary British yachtsman and yachting journalist Bob Fisher for his many important contributions to the sport. The man affectionately known as 'Fish' was presented a specially engraved (with the F40 logo) Rolex Submariner watch by the Class for his lifelong support and promotion of sailing around the world.... [more]
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New tool in the war against Somali piracy
Lee Mylchreest,
In the fight against Somali piracy and in the hope that one day our oceans will again be safe for the roving sailor, there are many initiatives- the patrolling of the seas by some of the world's navies, the active work to return Somalia to a lawful state, and the serious arming of yachts and ships. Now the Israelis have adapted some of their military-use technology for the apprehension of pirates... [more]
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Easter Regatta - Manly to Mooloolaba Hart Cup celebrates 17th year
Tracey Johnstone,
Easter's Manly to Mooloolaba Hart Cup race celebrates its 17th anniversary this year with a growing fleet of boats planning to contest the coastal race. The annual Good Friday event is normally a pleasant full-day race, with the fleet of monohulls and multihulls snaking their way north through the shipping channels and along the picturesque coastline before turning left into Mooloolaba.... [more]
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Objective Australia launch set for March 23rd at the RPAYC
Simon Reffold,
The launch this Saturday for Objective Australia's Red Bull Youth America's Cup team is looking at setting some records for the Alfred's, with hundreds expected to attend. Local youth sailing programmes have all indicated they are sending contingents as well and with the Opti's States also being on at the time, organisers are expecting hundreds of junior sailors and their parents to attend.... [more]
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French trimaran establishes new world record
John Reed, WSSR,
The World Speed Sailing Record (WSSR) Council has announced the establishment of a new World Record by Frenchman Francis Joyon on board the 98ft trimaran IDEC.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series Naples - Austrians among nine crews entered
Irene Corosu,
The America's Cup World Series Naples is coming up, set to take place 16th-21st April and it has been announced that Austrians Roman Hagara and Hans-Peter Steinacher, double Olympic Gold medalists in the Tornado catamaran, have entered. The duo will sail under the banner HS Racing and race under the US flag in partnership with Oracle Team USA.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series welcomes back NeilPryde Windsurf Racing Series
Extreme Sailing Series,
The eight strong fleet Extreme 40s taking part in this year's Extreme Sailing Series are preparing to continue their global tour with Act 2 taking place in the heart of Singapore in less than three weeks and returning to the line-up of entertainment for the first time in 2013 is the NeilPryde Windsurf Racing Series.... [more]
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Medical Support Offshore partners with Global Ocean Race
GOR Media,
The Global Ocean Race has announced that UK-based Medical Support Offshore Ltd (MSOS) is to be one of a select group of Race Partners for the 2014-15 edition. Providing medical training for the sailors who will undertake one of the world's toughest sailing feats, MSOS will also work with the GOR Race Organisers during any medical emergencies that occur on the race boats.... [more]
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Stokey Woodall Atlantic Circuit-a rally to circumnavigate the Atlantic
Stuart Gough/Sail-World,
Crossing the Atlantic is getting crowded. Not only are there now two Transatlantic Rallies occurring at the end of this year, we are happy to announce that there is an even more comprehensive rally following the old trade routes of the sailing ships, making the full circumnavigation of the Atlantic Ocean. You have plenty of time to prepare - it's not until 2014.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Onboard Reporter Campaign nets 1,500+ applications
Jon Bramley,
The Volvo Ocean Race hunt for Onboard Reporters for the upcoming edition in 2014-15 has been given a resounding response, with over 1,500 applications received by organisers in less than ten weeks. The Volvo Ocean Race launched the search for the third generation of multimedia reporters to sail onboard the boats back on January 11.... [more]
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America's Cup: Reflections and lessons from the flight of the wingsail
Sail-World,
After Tuesday's rogue wingsail incident, probably something that Emirates Team NZ could have done without, but equally could have been a lot a worse. Maybe to the point of striking a different angle and toppling the crane. On Thursday the team rigged up, but didn't launch. See video for reactions to Tuesday's incident... [more]
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NSW Optimist State Championship - Massive fleet coming to RPAYC
Damian Devine,
NSW International Optimist State Championships 2013 - The Pittwater waterway will be a spectacular sight when a massive 154 boats, with kids aged between eight and 14, assemble this week-end for the start of the state championship, which is hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport.... [more]
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Launceston Wooden Boat Rally - this weekend
Sail-World Cruising,
Here's a last-minute reminder: The Launceston Wooden Boat Rally is on this weekend, March 23 and 24. If are anywhere within reach of Launceston, this is the weekend to go.... [more]
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Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group receives grant from CYCA SOLAS
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group Inc. (WVSRG), Western Australia, with $11,054 to fund 20 life jackets and 15 GME Personal location beacons.... [more]
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An Evening with Bruce Arms at MHYC
Pip Lodder,
Single handed around Australia World Record holder, Bruce Arms, will talk and show footage on his world record and also his win in the 2012 Three Peaks Race in Tasmania plus the Solo Tasman yacht race which Bruce has won the last two times.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens enjoys wide support
Sail Port Stephens Media,
Sail Port Stephens 2013, will be sailed from Monday 15th to Sunday 21st April 2013. Now the second largest regatta sailed in NSW and while it competes for precious holiday time with many established regattas around the Asia Pacific, the event obviously have a very bright future.... [more]
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International Rolex Regatta - Impressive fleet ready for action
KPMS,
The 2013 International Rolex Regatta commences tomorrow, Thursday 21 March, and runs to Sunday 24 March. The regatta celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with an impressive fleet of seventy boats that will contest three days of racing as part of an event that has graced the international yachting calendar since the 1970s.... [more]
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Journey to Rio 2016 begins for the Finns
Robert Deaves,
The long road to Rio 2016 begins in earnest this coming week as the first major European event of the new Olympiad gets under way at the Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofía Mapfre in Palma. It seems a long time since the end of the 2012 Olympic Games, but it has also been a period of transition for the Finn class with a large influx of new sailors joining the class.... [more]
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Protect Your Sailing Line with This Easy Whipping!
John Jamieson,
If you are anything like me, nothing looks worse in marine rope than frayed strands. With prices soaring, you will want to protect the bitter end of all of your lines. Boost your marine knots knowledge with this fast, easy whipping that you can make in less than 60 seconds!... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle flies in San Francisco
Amory Ross, Oracle Team USA,
More video, this time from official sources of Oracle Team USA enjoying fast level and sustained flight on foils. This video seems to have been shot around the same time as Am-Cam video which came available last week. Additionally this video is not as heavily edited, as has been the case previously. The video also shows some great on-board images taken while foiling.... [more]
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