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 06 Jun 2013
 

Moo Etchells and more

Etchells World Championship Sydney Australia 2012. John Bertrand leading round the top mark.  © Ingrid Abery
Having had to scrape the frost off to the windscreen to drive to Canberra airport yesterday, it's a pleasure to be in Mooloolaba for the Etchells Winters.

While the Sunshine coast locals are 'suffering' through their northern winter, when the 40 boat Etchells fleet face the starting gun off Moololaba's Main Beach tomorrow, the southern sailors will be eight degrees warmer than if they were sailing on Melbourne's Port Philip.

Now in its 17th year, the one design Etchells regatta has proven to be one of the most successful events on the calendar for this very competitive sailing class.

John Bertrand has won an Etchells World Championship and six Australian Etchells title, he is still looking for his first win here, but he will have to climb over the top of at least a dozen teams that could take the 2013 title.

We are back from the boat park and will provide news, quotes and images in the next few hours. Stay tuned!

TeamVodafoneSailing gets off to a quiet start - Auckland Suva Race June 1, 2013  Richard Gladwell ©

In the Auckland Fiji Race:, Simon Hulls TeamVodafoneSailing has taken two hours off the race record with a new best time of 101 hours, 5 minutes and 5 seconds. Be great to see Sean Langman's Team Australia competing on the Kiwi multihull circuit in 2014 as has been suggested might happen.

Jimmy Spithill being retrieved from San Francisco Bay  Oracle Team USA©

Aussie in the drink - The incident in which America's Cup skipper, Jimmy Spithill, fell off Oracle Team USA's AC72 was not a safety drill.

Video now released by the team shows Spithill returning to take the helm of the AC72 during a gybe, catching hold of the wheel, but missing his footing and falling over the side. Spithill broke the steering wheel in the incident.

Artemis Racing in the AC45  Artemis Racing

Meanwhile beleaguered America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing is back on the water on San Francisco Bay, after their fatal training incident over three weeks ago.

Nathan Outteridge and the team are sailing a foil equipped AC45, restarting their sailing program, while their second AC72 is prepared for sailing.

Lots more news and great video too.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



America's Cup: Oracle Team USA AC72's MOB incident no drill - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The incident in which America's Cup skipper, Jimmy Spithill, fell off Oracle Team USA's AC72 was not a safety drill. Video now released by the team shows Spithill returning to take the helm of the AC72 during a gybe, catching hold of the wheel, but missing his footing and falling over the side.... [more]
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Auckland Fiji Race: TeamVodafoneSailing slices two hours off record
Zoe Hawkins and Richard Gladwell,
TeamVodafoneSailing has finished the Auckland to Musket Cove, Fiji Ocean Race in a new best time of 101 hours, 5 minutes and 5 seconds. The trimaran, owned and skippered by Simon Hull, crossed the finish line in Fiji at 1905hrs today, after 1,150 nautical miles of sailing.... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - Patience rewarded on day 1
Jill Campbell,
The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta has commenced with the sun rising early this Wednesday morning to greet the 21 superyachts taking part. The regatta, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) with Boat International Media and hosted at the YCCS in Porto Cervo, marks the beginning of the Mediterranean regatta season.... [more]
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Int'l Flying Dutchman Worlds - Kramer and Geelkerken victorious
Zsofia Csanda (As Amended by ISAF),
The Flying Dutchman World Championship has come to a close in Balatonföldvár, Hungary with Dutch sailors Enno Kramer and Aad Geelkerken taking the title. The penultimate race was sailed in shifty winds as Kramer and Geelkerken took the race win to secure the World Championship in style.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship - Day 1 in Busan
ISAF,
On day one of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship 2013, following a postponement due to lack of wind, Tamara Echegoyen of Spain swept her opponents away in Busan, Korea. With five wins and no losses at all, the gold medallist from the London 2012 Olympics clearly showed that she is still to be reckoned with, 'We had a fine day out there today, with my team doing an excellent job.... [more]
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IPC Classification Code Review process launched
International Paralympic Committee,
The IPC launched its Classification Code Review process this month, pushing all the Paralympic Movement's stakeholders to suggest reasonable amendments to the current Code. The IPC Classification Code was adopted by the IPC Governing Board in 2007 and provides policies and procedures for Paralympic classification that should be common to all sports and to the Paralympic Games.... [more]
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Royal Perth Yatch Club Wardroom to close for improvements
Royal Perth Yacht Club,
Royal Perth Yatch Club Wardroom closed for refurbishments in style, cuisine and feel in the Wardroom.... [more]
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Now available - New tide tables to facilitate safe boating activities
Medianet Operations,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), now releases ts annual compilation of tidal predictions for the next 12 months new tide tables for safe boating preparation and planning... [more]
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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - Day 1 images from Porto Cervo
Ingrid Abery images,
The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta has commenced in Porto Cervo. Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water to capture this selection of images on day one.... [more]
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Mooloolaba Women's Series: Mike Kenyon photo gallery
Mike Kenyon,
Sunshine Coast sailing photographer Mike Kenyon caught the action and celebration on the last day of the Women's series.... [more]
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Boat Show presence is vital, but promote your business 365 days a year
MarineBusiness-World.com,
As the sponsor of the MarineBusiness-World Pavilion, for the last three years at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, its clear that we believe in boat shows... [more]
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Queensland Buoyed up youth program launch by Noosa
Tracey Johnstone,
Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club are leading the way in Queensland, launching a local version of the Buoyed Up Program which was originally developed and rolled out in the ACT by Canberra Yacht Club's Matt Owen. A big fund-raising dinner on Saturday 13th July is the first step to securing funds required to move the program forward in the second part of this year.... [more]
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Airlie Beach Race Week announces lead sponsor
Heidi Walton,
Whitsunday Sailing Club has announced Abell Point Marina as the major naming rights sponsor for Airlie Beach Race Week 2013. With the world-class regatta now in its 24th year, the Sailing Club is proud to be partnering with Abell Point Marina and new owner Paul Darrouzet.... [more]
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America's Cup: Clouds on the Bay - what to expect in San Francisco
ETNZblog.com,
Emirates Team New Zealand's meteorologist Roger ‘Clouds' Badham, gives an outstanding overview of the course and conditions, to be expected on San Francisco Bay. San Francisco Bay is one of the most challenging places to sail there is, and that's just on any normal boat let alone an AC72.... [more]
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America's Cup: Artemis Racing sailing again in San Francisco
Richard Gladwell,
Beleaguered America's Cup Challenger, Artemis Racing is back on the water on San Francisco Bay, after their fatal training incident over three weeks ago. The team is sailing a foil equipped AC45, restarting their sailing program while their second AC72 is prepared for sailing.... [more]
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Auckland to Fiji Race: Injury confirmed assisting MOB crew recovery
Sail-World,
Almost 18 hours after the incident, race organisers have this morning confirmed that a crew member was lost overboard from one of the competitors in the 2013 Auckland to Fiji Race. Rough conditions have affected all competitors in the race, a side effect from two nearby severe weather systems. The confused seas being more of an issue than the winds.... [more]
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Auckland to Fiji Race: Man overboard incident reduces fleet to four
Richard Gladwell,
The racing fleet in the Auckland to Fiji race is down to just four boats with withdrawal mid-afternoon of Outrageous Fortune. The RNZYS website reported that 'at 1447hrs Outrageous Fortune contacted Maritime Radio to advise they were retiring from the race following an incident.' Maritime New Zealand confirmed to Sail-World this morning that a crewman had been lost overboard, and retrieved... [more]
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Round Texel Race Manager to introduce Sailor's Beach House
Round Texel,
As a consequence of the ‘Back to Basic' approach there will be some changes on the beach this year. The 36th edition of the Round Texel will be more focused on the sailors than ever before.... [more]
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Auckland Fiji Race: Triple reef as headwinds slow leaders' progress
Zoe Hawkins and Richard Gladwell,
Strong headwinds and building seas have slowed progress for the race leaders on Day 4 of the Auckland Fiji race. The leaders are now well past the halfway mark, and the first of the cruisers, Vision is expected to arrive in Fiji tomorrow.... [more]
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Bosphorus Cup abandoned in Istanbul as sailors protest instead
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Three days of racing at the American Express Bosphorus Cup 2013 got underway last week but many of the sailors decided to do something much more important than racing - saving a precious park from the developers. Instead or racing, they joined the demonstration against the building of a shopping centre in the park adjoining Istanbul's famed Taksim Square.... [more]
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America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ's Dalton updates from San Francisco
Sailracing Magazine,
In the latest podcast episode from Sail Racing magazine, editor Justin Chisholm catches up with Emirates Team NZ MD, Grant Dalton who updates on the state of readiness of his squad and explains why he has been impressed by what he has seen of Oracle Team USA's second generation AC72.... [more]
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Muir Windlasses win a major industry award
Nancy Knudsen,
Muir Windlasses have long been a familiar name to those who anchor - and isn't that every cruising sailor... but did you know they export to more than 40 countries around the world? Now Muir have won a deserved major industry award..... [more]
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Round the Island Race - Bronenosec tops Swan fleet
Jennifer Hall,
The 2013 JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race was relished by the original Swan 36 design right up to the new Swan 60. At 0500 yesterday the largest of the Swan entries racing in IRC Group 0 were greeted by 12 to 15 knots from the North and a stunning sunrise in clear conditions during the first fetch to The Needles.... [more]
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New Performance Coach Program for Australian sailing coaches
Craig Heydon,
Australia's next group of gold medal winning and World Championship coaches have been developing their skills at a special course in Sydney. The group of coaches, drawn from State and Paralympic programs, are undertaking the first Performance Coach Program, held at the National Training Centre at Middle Harbour Yacht Club.... [more]
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America's Cup: Outstanding High Definition Video series of AC72 action
John Navas,
Five high definition videos of Am-Cam America's Cup action from San Francisco and each around eight minutes long. Features all the Challengers and Defenders, with excellent camera work, and editing.... [more]
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Ainslie: Close to quitting sailing after Andrew 'Bart' Simpson's death
Sail-world.com,
British sailing great, Sir Ben Ainslie writes in The Daily Telegraph on after the funeral service for his close friend, Andrew Simpson, killed in San Francisco as a result of an AC72 break up, during a training session.... [more]
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Australian Sailing Team prepares for the future
Craig Heydon,
With the re-signing of an existing supplier, and the addition of a new one,the Australian Sailing Team is ensuring that its crews will have access to the best equipment available.... [more]
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Mooloolaba Women's Series delivers great racing spectacle
Tracey Johnstone,
Mooloolaba Yacht Club's new Women's Series delivered great racing and a push for much more of the same. The spectators lined the shore to watch the action over the two-days of short course racing in the Elliott 6s. There was nothing kind about the racing with the women using their previous MYC Race Training Program lessons to whittle down the competition.... [more]
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