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Spent four days on the water, on the Swan River, now heading north to Malaysia for the Monsoon Cup where two Aussies Torvar Mirsky and Peter Gilmour will give it a fair shake.

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Mirsky defeats Ainslie in Sunseeker Australia Cup
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
On the Swan River in Perth West Australia this after 23 year old Perth sailor Torvar Mirsky and his MRT team outsailed triple Olympic Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie, double Gold Iain Percy and his TeamOrigin in the final of 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup. 2-0.... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship Images from Crosbie Lorimer
Crosbie Lorimer,
Northwesterly breezes, ranging from 5-15 knots and carrying a dusty haze flicked right and left on Day 2 of the SSORC. The IRC fleet raced offshore on the Manly Circle and the Passage fleet had a fast shy reach down the harbour before heading south through the Heads.... [more]
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Liz Wardley starts Reference Tour SolOceans OceanoScientific Campaign
SolOceans media,
Liz Wardley crossed the start line off Caen - Ouistreham (France) of the Around-the-world Reference Tour of the SolOceans - OceanoScientific® Campaign 2009-2010.... [more]
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Friendly rivalry but Whitsunday pride on the line in Sydney Hobart
Ian Grant,
Friendly rivalry will surely emerge when the tropical sailors racing under the Whitsunday Sailing Club and the Abel Point Yacht Club burgees duel for the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race Performance handicap trophy... [more]
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Team No Way Back is crowned RC 44 Champion 2009
RC 44 Media,
Pieter Heerema and his team No Way Back have conquered the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup. Winners of the fleet regatta and the DHL Trophy, they also grab the RC 44 Championship Tour 2009 ahead of Artemis, who retains the overall fleet race title.... [more]
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Zhik Mission Beach Regatta
Tom Orr,
The Zhik Mission Beach regatta was held in on the weekend of the 24th and 25th October. Seventy-five dinghies with over 130 competitors from Queensland and NSW assembled at beautiful South Mission Beach, Far North Queensland to compete in the clubs 30th annual regatta. The regatta included the F18 State Title as well as the Nacra NQ Championship.... [more]
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Wild Thing Supermaxi ready for her new longer keel
Jody O'Brien,
The preparation of the supermaxi Wild Thing for the Rolex Sydney Hobart steps up a gear on Monday morning at 8am with the new 7 metre keel ready to go into the boat. The 98 foot hull will be lifted out of the water by two 50 tonne cranes at Westgate Ports in the Docklands in Melbourne and delicately lowered onto the new keel, with the boat to be then carefully re-launched into the water by the cr... [more]
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Tasmanian Sailing Academy Sailors prepare for regattas
Richard Scarr,
Tasmanian Sailing Academy and Tasmanian Institute of Sport members are busy packing up boats to take part in the Sail Down Under Series as well as national titles and youth championships.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Race to the scoring gate is on
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Clipper 09-10. On your marks, get set for the race to the scoring gate. The crew of Spirit of Australia maintained their lead overnight with more upwind racing. It's no more comfortable or dry on Cape Breton Island, where they have spent another very cold night, heeled over and beating into Force 6 winds.... [more]
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Zhik 49er Australian Championship comes down to the last few metres
Margaret Jensen,
49er Australian Championship day 2 afternoon racing saw a depleted fleet with two teams opting out of the strong conditions... [more]
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Foundation 36 - Specifically designed for match racing
Event Media,
The concept for the Foundation 36 yacht, used in this week's Australia Cup, was developed by the Western Australian Yachting Foundation now trading as Swan River Sailing in conjunction with the boat builder Peter Milner Yachts and the designer Brett Bakewell-White.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs NSW Championship - Coxon and crew take fourth win
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs NSW Championship Race 4. Today's race was sailed in dreadful conditions which made things extremely difficult for all competitors. Collisions, near collisions and a capsize featured at the windward mark and the leaders sped off under spinnaker.... [more]
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Light boats favoured for start of King's Cup racing
Tracey Johnstone,
The forecast for the first two days of racing in the Phuket King's Cup, which commences tomorrow, indicates the boats set-up to handle light airs will have a significant advantage over their rivals.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger shuts up shop in San Diego +Video
BMW Oracle Racing,
BMW ORACLE Racing has finished its final testing phase in San Diego as the team prepares for the 33rd America's Cup in February. This final session of sea trials on the BOR 90, with its new, revolutionary wing sail, was very successful. The wing is now scheduled to come out of the boat on Saturday morning, before the BOR 90 will be lifted from the water and prepared for shipping... [more]
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America's Cup: A longer bowsprit for Alinghi 5
Alinghi Media,
After a few long days and late nights for the shore crew and some of the sailors and designers Alinghi 5, the Defender's giant catamaran, emerged from the boat shed at the team base in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, on Friday. If you look closely you'll see the difference! And in case you can't spot the modifications, Alinghi.com catches up with Grant Simmer, Alinghi design team coordinator:... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship day 2: Dust and gusts
Lisa Ratcliff,
Crews contesting the 32nd Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship were faced with San Francisco-like sea fog for day one, yesterday, and today a dust haze more typical of Abu Dhabi settled over Sydney's rocky coastline... [more]
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Mirsky and Ainslie into the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup Finals
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Just a few days before the start of the Monsoon Cup in Terengganu, Malaysia, the final round of the World Match Racing titles, where seven of the Monsoon Cup field are racing, the top of the two five crews on the Tour leader board and the favourites for the Monsoon Cup are heading towards a show down in Perth in the finals of the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane final day cut short by strong winds
Yachting Australia Media,
Strong winds have brought about an early finish to the 2009 Sail Brisbane regatta with a number of classes decided in the day's one and only race. The northerly wind of 20 knots, with gusts up to 25 knots, and heavy swell, made life difficult for the more than 160 competitors who took part in the opening round of the 2009 Sail Down Under series.... [more]
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Monsoon Cup - Biggest Prize Money in Sailing!
Rurrum,
The Monsoon Cup 2009 has confirmed its position as the premier match racing event this year by offering the biggest prize purse in all sailing events worldwide.... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship images from Andrea Francolini
Sail-World.com,
Fun, serious racing and a little mayhem out on Sydney Harbour on day two of the Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC).... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour form continues ahead of Monsoon Cup
Rob Kothe,
After the Round Robin series in the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup, the precursor to the Monsoon Cup, the top three skippers on the World Match Racing Tour, New Zealand's Adam Minoprio (Black Match Racing Team), Australia's Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team) and Great Britain's Ian Williams (Bahrain Team Pindar) are atop the leaderboard.... [more]
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Sail Brisbane - Casey on track in the Finn Class
Ian Grant,
Brendan Casey kept his Olympic Finn class campaign on track when he convincingly won the seventh and eighth heats of the Yachting Queensland International Sail Brisbane championship series on a bumpy Waterloo Bay yesterday.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team defeats Azzurra at Sunseeker Australia Cup
Kinley Fowler,
Mirsky Racing Team elected to race Louis Vuitton champions Team Azzurra, helmed by Italian Francesco Bruni in the quarter finals of the Sunseeker Australia Cup... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - Spirit of Australia and Cape Breton Island fight on
Clipper Ventures,
Clipper 09-10. Cape Breton Island sailed back into the lead again, a moment that was short lived thanks to the efforts of Spirit of Australia. The two teams have been enjoying a close fought duel since the outset of this race to Western Australia, and as well as the ten points at stake for topping the podium, they are hoping to pickup the three for winning the race to the scoring gate.... [more]
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America's Cup Challenger packs up and head for Valencia + Video
Chairmain Productions,
BMW Oracle Racing's Tom Ehman turns his hand to video productions with two clips from the early sessions and final day of BOR90 sailing with her wingsail on San Diego before being packed up to be shipped to Valencia for the 33rd America's Cup in early February 2010.... [more]
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Book now and secure great accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week
Kristie Kaighin,
Early Bird Special! Book now and secure some great accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2010. We specialise in luxury self-contained apartments and homes and we have many options to choose from ranging from 2 bedroom apartments through to 6 bedroom private luxury homes! The best choices do get snapped up quickly, so book now to avoid disappointment!... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup - Tough battle for Match Racing Guns
Al Constable,
After topping the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in Nice, France Italy's Francesco Bruni and his Azzurra team flew into Perth West Australia as one of the favourites for the Sunseeker Australia Cup, the precursor event for the 2009 Monsoon Cup.... [more]
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Inaugural Tasmanian Yachting Awards announced
Peter Campbell,
The individual achievements or contributions of six Tasmanian sailors to the sport of yachting over the past 12 months were recognised tonight when the inaugural Tasmanian Yachting Awards were announced.... [more]
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World Champion in shock upset in Sunseeker Australia Cup Quarters
Al Constable,
Racing moved above the Narrows Bridge, where the Swan River edges past the Perth CBD, for the second set of Quarter Finals in the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup on Day 3 of the series being sailed out of Royal Perth Yacht Club... [more]
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Giant Killing 'Little Blue Maxi' is tearing up the town!

Following her giant killing performance in the Fremantle to Geraldton Yacht Race and more recently IRC dominance in the Coventry Reef race, the Bakewell-White designed 11m Alfresco has set the bar talk alight in Western Australia where the hot little twilight racer has been dubbed the 'Little Blue Maxi'.... [more]
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Close of entries under a week away for 2010 Pittwater to Coffs Race
Damian Devine,
With the close of entries just under a week away, another spectacular start is expected as entries roll in for the 29th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race and associated series, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) in Newport, Sydney.... [more]
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Zhik 49er Australian Championship 2009-10 - Lead shared after day one
Margaret Jensen,
Warm conditions and shifty breezes marked the first day of racing for the Zhik 49er Australian Championship today at Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie. Equal in first place with seven points after four races are Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen, and New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke.... [more]
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Kivell and Ryan storm into the 470 lead on day three of Sail Brisbane
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Development Squad's Sam Kivell and Will Ryan were the standout performers on day three of Sail Brisbane, winning all three 470 races to jump into the lead after missing the first day of the regatta. Sailors were greeted with a northerly wind of around 15 knots throughout the day with the Contender, Hobie 16 and SB3 fleets joining the regatta for the final two days.... [more]
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Phuket dinghy racing pre-cursor to exciting week of Thai racing
Tracey Johnstone,
The 23rd Phuket King's Cup kicked off today with Kata Beach filling up with national and international sailors from the very young to the well preserved. While the fleet of 110 big boat crews were busy with registration, sail measurement and last minute preparations, 18 dinghies crewed by local sailors took to the waters off Kata Beach to compete in a friendly regatta. Hosted by the Phuket Yacht C... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup - Quarter Finals day
Rob Kothe & Al Constable,
Sunseeker Australia Cup Day 3 started with a brisk morning breeze and some even brisker morning racing in the first quarter final flights. The first pairing on the water was 2009 World Match Racing Tour leader Adam Minoprio from New Zealand sailing against France's Mathieu Richard.... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship day 1: Loki lords over IRC
Lisa Ratcliff/SSORC media,
The 32nd Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship got underway off Manly Beach this morning under a blanket of a sea fog. In chilly conditions due to the temperature inversion, the IRC division 1 grand prix fleet lined up for the regatta opener in a respectable 12-14 knot sea breeze.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team to face Team Azzurra in Australia Cup quarter final
Kinley Fowler,
Mirsky Racing Team took the lead of the Sunseeker Australia Cup at the completion of the round robin, but are left with the task of facing Louis Vuitton Champions, Team Azzurra in the quarterfinals. MRT will now face Francesco Bruni and Team Azzura in a best to three point quarter finals.... [more]
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Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship images from Andrea Francolini
Sail-World.com,
The Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship, hosted by the Middle Harbour Yacht Club, commenced today on Sydney Harbour in unusual weather.... [more]
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King's Cup racing machines rev up as record fleet hits Phuket
Tracey Johnstone,
It is less than two days before the start gun fires in Thailand's 23rd Phuket King's Cup and many of the crews are already talking up regatta challenges. Leading the record international fleet of 110 boats will be the 11 Racing Division yachts ranging in size from Kevin Whitcraft's GP42 up to Frank Pong's 76-foot Jelik II. In the middle though is a group of 50-foot yachts that are fast,... [more]
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Team Finland skipper change in Clipper 09-10 Round the World Race
Zoe Willliamson,
Eero Lehtinen, skipper of Team Finland in the Clipper 09-10 Round the World Yacht Race has resigned for family reasons. Southampton based skipper Rob McInally will replace him. Despite his personal difficulties, Eero has shown he is a consummate professional, once again leading his team to the front of the fleet as the boats battle across the Southern Ocean towards the finish at Geraldton-Greenoug... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour form continues at Australia Cup
Rob Kothe,
After the Round Robin series in the 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup, the top three skippers on the World Match Racing Tour, New Zealand's Adam Minoprio (Black Match Racing Team), Australia's Torvar Mirsky (Mirsky Racing Team) and Great Britain's Ian Williams (Bahrain Team Pindar) are atop the leaderboard.... [more]
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Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup - Four fleet races + video
RC 44 media,
At the Sea Dubai RC 44 Gold Cup Four races took place today in a light and fairly unstable breeze, allowing four different teams to score victories. The first race a splendid domination by the local Team Sea Dubai, with their local talent Yousef Lahej at the helm... [more]
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John Rousmaniere looks at America's Cup waterline measurement
John Rousmaniere,
Noted America's Cup historian, and correspondent, John Rousmaniere comments on the predilection of America's Cup designers to get around the various measurement rules, and in particular the measurement of Load Waterline Length, which has a particular and current significance.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup Day 2 Results and Action Photos
Event Media,
The 2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup Day 2 - Results and Action Photos - 12-15 knots and sunshine.... [more]
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Musto Youth Match Racing Championship - New Zealand all the way
Jennifer Crooks,
Josh Junior and his crew of Matthew Steven and Chris Jones, representing Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, have won the Musto International Youth Match Racing Championship in convincing style... [more]
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Sail Brisbane Day 2 - Casey leads the Finn class
Craig Heydon,
Day two of the 2009 Sail Brisbane took place in ideal sailing conditions resulting in some great racing with a number of class leaders consolidating their leads while there was also plenty of movements throughout the fleets.... [more]
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Two Skippers fight for Lead at Sunseeker Australia Cup
Nicole Jenkins, Perth WA,
Day Two - Sunseeker Australia Cup Sailing Regatta as at 3.00pm (day two racing concludes at 6.00pm). Great Britain's reigning World Match Racing champion and day one Sunseeker Australia Cup leader, Ian Williams is now sharing the number one ranking with World Tour leader Adam Minoprio (New Zealand).... [more]
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Sandy Bay SC to host Sharpie Nationals starting 28th Dec, 2009
Peter Campbell,
Sandy Bay Sailing Club will host the 67th Australian Championships for one of the nation's iconic, high-performance centreboard classes, the Sharpie, on Hobart's River Derwent this summer from the 28th December 2009 - 6th January, 2010 (Measuring is on the 28th)... [more]
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London 2012 continues to make positive progress
IOC (As Amended By ISAF),
The sailing venue, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, was the first venue where construction was completed - and the Games drawing ever nearer, the focus of this Coordination Commission was largely on operations and planning than on the excellent construction and regeneration work being carried out by the Olympic Delivery Authority.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne 2009 - Early entries to close on December 1st
Sam Watson/ISAF News,
There are only a few days left until early entries close for Sail Melbourne on 1 December and competitors are urged to enter now to avoid an increased entry fee.... [more]
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Photo FINIsh - a unique book celebrates 60 years of Finn sailing
Robert Deaves,
Marking the end of the Finn's 60th anniversary celebrations, the International Finn Association is delighted to announce the publication of 'Photo FINNish - 60 years of Finn Sailing', an extensive and highly illustrated volume compiled and edited by Robert Deaves, but largely written by some of the biggest names in sailing.... [more]
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Sunseeker Australia Cup Day One Photos
Event Media,
2009 Sunseeker Australia Cup - Sunlight and 12-15 knots breeze on Day One. Here is a selection of images from the action.... [more]
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A week at Sail Port Stephens could result in two weeks in Croatia
Jody O'Brien,
Seven days of great sailing and fun socialising at Sail Port Stephens in April next year could see you heading to Croatia to do more of the above, but you'll be doing it in the special Mariner Boating Holidays way, where there are more lay days than race days.... [more]
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North Sails signs up as official Race Partner for Global Ocean Race
Global Ocean Sailing Ventures Media,
In an innovative move, North Sails will also be designing a new generation of downwind sails that will be specifically for the Global Ocean Race – the GOR Code 5 and the GOR Code 3.... [more]
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