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New Cat 1 Ocean Race for Australia, Aussies abroad - all the latest sailing news.

Back at Lake Macquarie, certainly different weather to Mooloolaba. Last week we renamed the Sunshine State (QLD)- the Soggy State we must have stung the weather gods into action, cause it was glamour weather over the long week



Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495
Sail-World.com,
What would you do with a new Laser? To celebrate the 2009-2010 season Performance Sailcraft Australasia, the ‘down under' Laser builder has teamed with Sail-World to launch an online competition. http://www.laser-sailing.net/sweepstakes_form.cfm?SSid=32!Enter_online_now!new to win a choice of a Laser 4.7, a Laser Radial or a Laser Standard sailing boat, built by Performance Sailcraft Australasi... [more]
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Newcastle's new Cat 1 ocean race announced
Mark Rothfield,
Move over Hobart ... a new Category 1 ocean race has just been added to the Australian bluewater calendar, with the inaugural Butlers Newcastle Round Lord Howe Island Yacht Race to start on Mother's Day next year.... [more]
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SSAA Pittwater to Port Stephens Race report
Lee Condell,
Report from Lee Condell who sailed in last weekend's SSAA Sail Soultions Pittwater to Port Stephens Race. A mild winters night and navigation lights appear as if by magic under the headland at Barrenjoey. There's a light five knot breeze flowing out of the Hawkesbury across our start line between the Eastern extremity of Lion Island and the Barrenjoey lighthouse on a wonderful moonlit night.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2009 Accommodation
Kristie Kaighin,
Private luxury apartments, villas and houses available for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week. Last minute specials available: www.whitsundayholidays.com.au/hamilton-island-accommodation.html. Prices start from $480 per night for a 2 bedroom apartment sleeping up to 5. Great location for Race Week, just a short walk to the marina! Contact Stacey and Clare 7 days a week on 1300 653 997.... [more]
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PWA Costa Brava action heats up on Day 1
Event media,
Three heats were completed as the PWA kick-start the action here in Costa Brava. On cue at around 2pm a light 10-15kt thermal wind switched on, giving the PWA elite their first chance to test the waters. The spectators were treated to an incredible show as the worlds best hit the ocean and went head to head to check their speed.... [more]
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Open 470 Class European Championships leaders remain unchanged
470 Class media,
Open 470 Class European Championships for Men/Mixed and Women - The Race Committee put all efforts into getting racing underway to secure the schedule of qualifying races that need six races in each event. They managed to complete one race in both the men's groups. The leaders remain unchanged.... [more]
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Puma suffers Sail damage on Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8
Puma Ocean Racing Team,
Puma has slipped back from third to seventh place, losing 25 miles in just a matter of hours. With 327 miles to go until the finish of leg eight in Marstrand, Sweden, the Puma Ocean Racing team are focussed on making some tactically winning moves to get themselves back in the race.... [more]
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Croatia and Italy set the opening lead at 470 Europeans
Event Media,
The first three races of the Open 470 Class European Championships for Men/Mixed and Women were completed Tuesday on Lake Traunsee in Austria. Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic from Croatia take the lead in the Men's 470 event. Giulia Conti and Giovanna Micol from Italy take first place in the Women's event... [more]
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Italian confidence rises on Audi Q8 as they win Marseille practice
Event Media,
Riccardo Simoneschi's team on Audi Q8 deciphered the difficult, changeable breeze on the Rade sud best to win the Marseille Trophy's practice race today for the eleven TP52 Series crews... [more]
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Volvo fleet in high speed downwind dash to Marstrand
Volvo media,
There is a lot to be happy about in the Ericsson camp today. Ericsson 4 got the better side of a big wind shift, which propelled her up the order to take over first position in leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race, while Ericsson 3 recorded the fastest time in the ‘Rotterdam Gate Race'... [more]
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Sentosa Optimist Open Championship - Day 1
Sean Lee & Daniella Ng - Former Optimist sailors,
This is the first year that the Sentosa Optimist Open Championship is so diverse with sailors coming from Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Thailand, Greece and Singapore! The race committee managed to squeeze one short race in light winds of not more than five knots.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team ready to come out firing in Portugal
Kyle Langford - MRT,
After being knocked out of the quarter finals Mirsky Racing Team was left to sail off for places fifth to eighth. With two races to determine their overall finishing position, Mirsky Racing Team faced Team Blackmatch (Minoprio) where they were defeated in the lightest of breezes.... [more]
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2009 PWA Catalunya Costa Brava Slalom World Cup - Event Preview
Andrew Buchanan- PWA,
Round 3 of the PWA World Slalom Tour is all set to kick off next week in the beautiful Costa Brava region of Catalunya, Spain. Costa Brava can serve up a real mix of conditions, testing everyone and forcing mistakesLeading the tour going into Round 3 is the 2008 World Champion, Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde).... [more]
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Top Gun takes out Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta
Peter Campbell,
The well-sailed Adams 10 Top Gun, from the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria won all three handicap divisions, including taking first place on corrected time in five of the six heats under the international IRC handicap at the Australian Women's Keelboat Regatta. Top Gun was skippered by Erin Peters and helmed by Anne Antrecht.... [more]
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Lang Walker's Kokomo third at Dubois Cup
Jan Harley,
A showcase of the refined elegance which distinguishes Dubois-designed yachts was on display at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The sheer dimensions of the yachts drew crowds of onlookers to the Porto Cervo Marina where they were treated to six examples (of which only four competed) ranging from 36-52 metres long and with masts of up to 63 metres high.... [more]
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Audi MedCup Circuit heads to Marseille's challenging course
Event Media,
Marseille's Rade Sud is one of the most challenging race areas on the Audi MedCup Circuit. Tuesday's TP52 Practise Race for the eleven TP52 Series is preceded today by a muscular 23 knots of breeze out on the Rade Sud. Wednesday is the GP42 Series' Practice Race.... [more]
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Yacht designer Prof Peter Joubert honoured in Queen's Birthday Honours
Peter Campbell,
Professor Peter Numa Joubert OAM, the distinguished academic and noted authority on fluid mechanics and the only ‘amateur' yacht designer to have designed an overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has been made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Queen's Birthday Honours.... [more]
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It's Official: UN declares 'World Oceans Day' for June 08
Nancy Knudsen,
It didn't get the locals all steamed up around my way, but it's a start. The United Nations has declared June 8th as World Oceans Day, and organisations world wide are being encouraged to celebrate the day to preserve our oceans. Maybe World Oceans Day will make more of a 'splash' in 2010.... [more]
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Product Safety Recall: Garmin® BlueChart g2 and g2 Vision v2009
Media Services,
Garmin, a global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that the company is conducting a voluntary product safety recall of the 2009 version of its marine cartography data card known as BlueChart® g2 and g2 Vision. The affected data cards have been sold between April 8, 2009 and June 3, 2009.... [more]
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Black and Green battle for Volvo Channel honours
Volvo media,
After the thrilling ride from Galway, the breeze has dropped and the fleet now faces the challenges of the English Channel - tides, currents and shipping. A neck and neck battle between Telefónica Black and Green Dragon has developed as both teams continue to test their knowledge of this difficult region... [more]
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Images from Audi Melges 32 Series, Italy
Carlo Borlenghi and Stefano Gattini,
One of the worlds greatest photographers, Carlo Borlenghi and friends, are at the Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series at Scarlino, Italy, and present this superb second gallery of images from the event:... [more]
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Wilmot calls tactics for winner Bliksem: Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series
Event Media,
USA's Bliksem has won the spectacular Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series in Scarlino, Maremma, Tuscany Italy. US entry, Bliksem, skippered by owner Pieter Taselaar, had Olympic gold medallist in Class 470 Australian, Nathan Wilmot, calling tactics to win. Bliksem had a contingent of Aussies onboard.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8 - No sleep but fast and furious action
Various Volvo Ocean Race competitors,
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 8, latest news from the boats. Onboard the Dragon its been a good 24 hours, no sleep for the Delta Lloyd crew, no sleep either on Ericsson 3 where the action has been fast and furious. On telefonica Black the day has been great.... [more]
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Thirteen Etchells Winters and Thirteen Winners
Rob Kothe,
The first Etchells Winter Championship was conducted in Mooloolaba in 1997 and in the thirteen regattas there have been thirteen different winners. This year we had another top class 54 boat fleet and the runner up from the 2009 Worlds, Damien King, held out the 2008 North American Champion crew Mark Johnson and the 2006 Etchells Worlds runner up and New Zealand Champion Alastair Gair.... [more]
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Maurice Drent Boating Services trophy Race 1 to Esoteric
Ian Grant,
Esoteric is not the fastest yacht in the fleet finishing in sixth place behind line honours winner Treasure Vlll (Harold Menelaus) but her crew managed to sail on the advantage line with the prevailing 8-10knot East South East wind to score a popular win on corrected handicap.... [more]
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