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Warm and sunny at Hamilton Island. Lots of news from around the world.



Laser World Championship - Day 1
Event media,
The first day of racing at the Laser World Championships. Conditions were ‘Laser' perfect with clear skies and winds ranging from 18 to 20 knots (35 to 39 kilometres per hour) and water temperatures at 19 Celsius.... [more]
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Quantum Sails to expand presence in Australia and Asia
Quantum Sails Design Group Media,
Well known Australian sailing industry professional Carl Crafoord has joined forces with Quantum Sail Design Group to deliver an expanded Quantum Sails presence in Australia and Asia.... [more]
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2011 Around Australia Ocean Race - the Whitsunday regattas
Rob Kothe,
2011 Around Australia Ocean Race' the Whitsunday Islands, Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, a preview of what's to come!... [more]
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Missing Hobart yachtsman: murder charge
Peter Campbell,
A Hobart woman has been charged with the murder of her defacto partner following a long and complex police investigation.... [more]
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High-tech Sydney Rigging packages customised and online
Tracey Johnstone,
Wherever a yacht is in the world Sydney Rigging Specialists has the capability to design, deliver and support customised high-tech rigging packages, no matter what size or type boat.... [more]
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Temperature set to rise at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Lisa Ratcliff,
A light wind regime and increasing temperatures over the coming days are set to test the stamina of the 194 navigators gearing up for the 26th edition of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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Australian crews prepare for racing at 470 World Championship
Craig Heydon,
The continued development of a new pairing and returning Gold medalists highlight the Australian Sailing Team's 470 World Championship campaign with racing set to begin in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 23 August.... [more]
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Laser World Championship Day One - Slingsby seventh
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team's Tom Slingsby has finished day one of the 2009 Laser World Championship in seventh position after two races in Halifax, Canada... [more]
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Nominations invited: ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2009
ISAF Media,
Nominations are now invited for the 2009 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards, the most prestigious award of recognition in the sport of sailing. The nominees and winners since the first presentation in 1994 form an exceptional roll call of the world's top sailors from all disciplines of the sport.... [more]
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Eight weeks to go for the Rolex Middle Sea Race
Rolex Regatta News,
Two months out from the start of an event the stature and complexity of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, most yacht clubs would be happy to be entering the home straight of processing competitor registrations. Not the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Not only are they organising this 606 nautical mile offshore race, they are preparing to start it from a new line and with the new yacht club premises still in buil... [more]
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Team NZ's US lawyer joins BMW Oracle Racing legal team for new fight
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Further legal action in the next few days would seem to be likely with today's announcement that David Boies, has joined the Golden Gate YC legal team. Boies was previously retained by Team New Zealand in their case against Alinghi and owner Ernesto Bertarelli to pursue claims that the Swiss team had reneged on contractual undertakings to stage the 33rd America's Cup in 2009.... [more]
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2009 Notice of Race for Melbourne to Stanley available now
John Curnow,
The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's Sailing Committee have now published the 2009 Notice of Race for Melbourne to Stanley. So if you're heading South in any of the races this Christmas, you know what you have to do...... [more]
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Etchells QLD State Championship Notice of Race and Entry now online
Tracey Johnstone,
The Wharf Tavern Etchells Queensland State Championship 2009 Notice of Race and Entry Form are now online. Queensland, inter-state and overseas Etchells sailors are invited to make the trek north to Mooloolaba for the 13 to 15 November regatta which promises to deliver great racing and superb local hospitality.... [more]
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Young man with wide open ocean future ahead of him
Tracey Johnstone,
Australian Casey Smith has just completed his first Volvo Ocean Race as bowman aboard PUMA which finished the gruelling 37,000 nautical mile 2008-09 race in second place. Smith hails from the small town of Mooloolaba located on the east coast of Australia in the sunny state of Queensland. He started his sailing as a young fellow racing Sabots then progressed to skiffs before moving into the... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro - Race replayed

La Solitaire du Figaro. The Race replayed. It was a magnificent spectacle in Lorient on July 30th, as the 52 skippers left in bright sunshine on the first leg of the 40th edition of La Solitaire du Figaro.... [more]
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Medcup Circuit 2009 Portugal Trophy - Familiar faces at the top
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi Medcup Circuit 2009 Portugal Trophy. The gusty, puffy breeze was, once more, rich with both pitfalls and opportunities. Even when the north westerly had kicked in and the wind topped 20-21 knots there were lines of lighter breeze to avoid.... [more]
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The Beast at Speed - Images of BMW Oracle Racing
Gilles Martin-Raget,
BMW Oracle Racing's Challenger for the America's Cup has been testing at warp speed off San Diego. Top sailing photographer Gilles Martin-Raget just happened to have his camera along, and posted these images...... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 6 images
Rob Kothe and Al Constable,
Images from the final day of racing at Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week in the glorious Whitsundays.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week – 40 seconds for Glory
Rob Kothe,
At his sixth attempt Melbourne sailor Michael Hiatt has today won the 20th annual Airlie Beach race week. He sailed his Farr 55 to a final race victory on Pioneer Bay, Airlie Beach by just 40 seconds on handicap from Ray Robert's Evolution Racing.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week - Airlie Retreat wins division
Ian Grant,
Royal Motor Yacht Club skipper George Challoner scored a narrow two point victory in the competitive Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Performance Handicap championship earlier today.... [more]
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La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 - The finish decides the winner
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
La Solitaire du Figaro 2009 - it just doesn't get closer than this. After 511 miles of intense competition, the 52 boat fleet finished the fourth and final leg of the event's 40th anniversary edition this afternoon in Dieppe.... [more]
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PredictWind shows building breeze for Day 6 of Airlie Beach Race Week
Nathan May,
With the final day of racing expected to kick off at 0940hrs on the Pioneer Bay course the winds should stick around for another great day of racing. Today's forecast shows SE Trade Winds building from 7Knts up to around 16Knts at its peak.... [more]
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Dates and Venues for 2010 World Championships for Olympic Events
ISAF,
ISAF has published the Dates and Venues for the 2010 World Championships for Olympic Events. The World Championships for the Olympic events are one of the annual highlights of the sailing calendar.... [more]
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MedCup Portugal Trophy - A return in testing conditions
Sabina Mollart-Rogerson,
Audi Medcup Circuit 2009 - Portugal Trophy. It was an interesting, testing day for the ten TP52 crews off Portimao as the early, light sea breeze built for the first race before it gave way to the NW'ly gradient wind which offered two excellent races in which big gains and losses were available dependant on the shifty, puffy conditions presented racing closer to the Algarve shore.... [more]
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Final nominations called for NSW Maritime Medal
Kate Sullivan,
This is a final call for nominations for the 2009 NSW Maritime Medal. Nominations close on Friday 21st August 2009. This is a chance to nominate an individual or group who deserves public recognition for their outstanding contributions to the boating and marine community.... [more]
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Archipelago Raid Day 3 images
Thierry Martinez,
Photographer Thierry Martinez sent these images from Day 3 of the 2009 Archipelago Raid. The Raid is now in Aland archipelago ( Between Sweden and Finland). With 10 to 20 knots of wind, sun and great sailing even with an early start at 5:00 am... Archipelago is one of the best places on the planet to race.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 6 Weather
Kenn Batt,
A weakening ridge of high pressure currently resides over the race area. Weaker Trades today but it's still paradise.... [more]
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Win a Laser sailing boat!! - value AUD$9,200 - NZ$11,495

What would you do with a new Laser? Some will sail them, lots in Masters, Others plan to give it to their Grandkids...but if you've not entered the competition you wont have to think about it!! Have you entered this competion yet? It closes soon, so do it NOW!! 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... [more]
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Archipelago Raid 2009 - Fierce sailing conditions stop the show
Event media,
This year's Archipelago Raid has quickly become a fierce battle against strong winds and abnormally difficult sailing conditions. It is now likely that the race will leave the Ă…land Islands and go back to the Stockholm Archipelago. The strong wind is expected to continue and the forecast predicts winds of 20 knots, which is pushing the envelope for those racing in the small catamarans. The nint... [more]
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North Sails Repair Service at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Julian Plante,
For the second year, North Sails will be operating the popular special regatta sail repair service from the Phoenix Room on Hamilton Island at Catseye Beach, located next to Toucan Tango restaurant between the evenings of Saturday 22nd August and Friday 28th August 2009.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week- Day 5 – Down to the Wire
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Blazing sunshine and strong winds provided another perfect day on the water for Day 5 of the 20th annual Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. In winds gusting into the mid 20's the Grand Prix fleet sailed a 43 miler down to White Rock, around Denman, up past the Molles to Double Cone Island, then across to Gumbrell Island and home. Four other divisions sailed shorter versions of the same cours... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week - Sports Boats images
Sail-World.com images,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week and the afternoon of day 5 proved to be just plain fun for some. Here are some images from today's windward leewards.... [more]
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Slingsby aiming for hat-trick of World Championships in Canada
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team's Tom Slingsby will be aiming for his third consecutive Laser World Championship victory... [more]
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International Snipe Class Junior World Championship preview
Craig Leweck,
The International Snipe Class Junior World Championship will be hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. Representing 11 countries, sailors under 22 years of age will be arriving this week to begin their training, with a practice race scheduled for this Sunday and the 11-race series planned for Monday, August 24th through Friday, August 28th.... [more]
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470 World Championship Preview
Sailing Intelligence,
470 World Championship. The start gun for the opening races, to be held off the harbour, 25km north of Copenhagen, will be on Sunday, 23 August, culminating in medal races for the Men's and Women's fleets on Saturday, 29 August.... [more]
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Large fleet for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week starts this Saturday, August 22. Cruising division sailors are destined to enjoy close racing on special courses that embrace the natural beauty that comes with the many islands making up the Whitsunday region, but it will be the intensity of the competition in the IRC Grand Prix division that will hold centre stage.... [more]
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Tidal Streams for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Penny Haire,
Tidetech releases Whitsunday tidal stream model in time for the 2009 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week... [more]
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Images of 505 North American's - San Francisco - Day 1
Erik Simonson,
The 2009 SAP 5O5 World Championships and North American Championships kicked off at the St. Francis Yacht Club. With more than 100 boats registered, the field features 2008 World Champions Ian Pinnell/Carl Gibbon; 2008 European and 2007 North American champion Ethan Bixby sailing with Australian legend Simon Gorman and 2006/2007 Australian champions Michael Quirk/Geoff Lange.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 5 images
Al Constable,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 5 images. A big breeze today for the start of racing. Most divisions embarked on their Long Passage races today and with the breeze building, its sure to be a fast ride home.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach series Day 5 - The Weather - Big Winds
Kenn Batt,
Still under the spell of the Trades. - A firm ridge of high pressure currently resides over the race area. It's expected to weaken from tomorrow as the high centre further to the south moves slowly eastward.... [more]
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MedCup Circuit Portugal Trophy Race - Practice day
MedCup media,
Audi MedCup Circuit Portugal Trophy Race - Practice day report. Racing in an unsettled and challenging light breeze of 7-10 knots, Quantum Racing (USA) started smartly off the committee boat end of the start line which allowed them to break early to the right side of the track and gain the benefit as the wind clocked slightly to the right.... [more]
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Images of Alinghi 5: In the evening...
Carlo Borglenhi,
Top sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi presents some images of Societe Nautique de Geneve's Defender, Alinghi 5, sailing in Genova, Italy after her early sea trials.... [more]
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Meridien Marina's Airlie Beach Race Week Day 4 – The Sharp End
Rob Kothe,
Another perfect day in Paradise for Day 4 of the 20th annual Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. The trade winds returned just a little today with south easterly winds starting at 8 knots and building across the day.... [more]
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Are you listed in the the ‘Whos Who' of Yachting?
Sail-World.com,
The Dark Blue Book is the first ever ‘Who's Who of yachting' book to emerge on the scene, listing the contact details of some the most influential people in the sport. With a new edition planned for release in 2010, more entries are being sought to add to the many contacts already in the book.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 4 images
Sail-World.com,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 4. Another glorious day in the beautiful Whitsundays. Enjoy these images of the Cruising and Sports Boat fleets racing in bright sunshine and building breeze.... [more]
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Images of Alinghi 5: First few days sailing in Genova, Italy
Carlo Borglenhi,
Top sailing photographer, Carlo Borlenghi presents some images of Societe Nautique de Geneve's Defender, Alinghi 5, sailing in Genova, Italy in her first sea trials.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Notice of Race, Application for Entry available
Jennifer Crooks,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the organising authority for the 65th edition of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and Rolex SA of Geneva, the race's naming rights sponsor, have announced the release of the Notice of Race and invite applications for entry.... [more]
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