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 27 Apr 2010

Another giant weekend, with the Aussies getting 2,4 at the Farr 40 Worlds. We hope the light weather in Hyeres does not turn the Womens Match Racing event into a lottery.

We have part 2 of our interview with 2010 Moth World Champion, Britain's Simon Payne, looking forward to the 2011 Moth Worlds on Lake Macquarie. A lot of comment on Part I, if you missed that, they are both very interesting reading. Simon thinks the English Channel in a Moth will be a breeze, and he'd like to have a go at Bass Strait with some Aussies in a Moth too!!

Ian Thompson from Airlie Beach is aiming to set out on a Round Australia solo passage next weekend. He will be following the WSSR approved route outside the Great Barrier Reef. We will follow his journey with interest.

Have a good read and a great week.

The Sail-World Team

Foiling Moths – the DevelopMENTAL class - Part Two
John Curnow,
In Part One of Foiling Moths – the developmental class, we saw how the newly crowned World Champion, Simon Payne has, in fact, had a 30-year love affair with Moths. This sharp witted 45-year-old does not see his age as a barrier to success, but rather an avenue of experience on which to draw, when undertaking great projects.... [more]
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Farr 40 Worlds - A great final day - all the details
Giles Pearman,
Massimo Mezzaroma's Nerone (ITA) ended the day lauded champion, for the second time (first in 2003), having fought tooth and nail in a gladiatorial arena worthy of a blockbuster film. Guido Belgiorno-Nettis' Transfusion (AUS) were beaten at the last, but certainly not disgraced. The next Rolex Farr 40 World Championship will be held in Sydney in February 2011. What a rematch in prospect.... [more]
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Save our Seas Ocean Racing set to depart this Sunday
SOS Media,
As one Australian finishes her round the world journey, another Aussie is about to depart to break a world record. Jessica Watson is due home in the early stages of May. However, in central Queensland the final preparations are taking place. SOS Ocean Racing has today confirmed that the departure is most likely to be this Sunday 2nd May at 10am in front of the Whitsunday Sailing Club.... [more]
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Wedgetail wins 2010 Queensland IRC Championship
Suellen Hurling,
After three days of racing in the 2010 Queensland IRC Championship, the Hugh Welbourne 42 Wedgetail has stolen the IRC crown away from Black Jack Too and Bribie Star.... [more]
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GBR's Shaw takes the RS:X lead on another light day in Hyeres
Olympic windsurfing bronze medallist Bryony Shaw was the best British performance on another testing day of racing at the French Olympic Sailing Week in Hyeres on Monday (26 April).... [more]
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Massive Southern Ocean current discovered
A deep ocean current with a volume equivalent to 40 Amazon Rivers has been discovered by Japanese and Australian scientists near the Kerguelen plateau, in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, 4,200 kilometres south-west of Perth.... [more]
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Another knock-down for Jessica Watson
Sail-World Cruising,
Jessica Watson, on the home stretch of her non-stop unassisted circumnavigation, has had another knock-down as the first of several forecast systems pass. Jessica is roughly in line with Ceduna in South Australia and heading to round the most southerly tip of Tasmania. A Customs aircraft flew over just after the knock-down. What did they say? 'Don't forget to check-in on arrival Ms Watson.'... [more]
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St. Moritz Match Race welcomes Volvo as co-sponsor
MaxComm Communication,
Volvo cars Switzerland supports match racing in Switzerland, and becomes a co-sponsor of the prestigious St.Moritz Match Race. Volvo also becomes the title-partner of the Volvo Match Race Zoug, a qualifying regatta that will give the opportunity to a Swiss team to qualify directly for St.Moritz Match Race.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 – San Francisco to Panama – Day six
Clipper Ventures PLC,
With the scoring gate behind them, the next phase of the race from San Francisco to Panama is well underway and the teams are now focusing on the finish line at Panama. Qingdao was the third team to pass through the gate, collecting their first gate point of this contest, Spirit of Australia and Team Finland taking three and two points respectively.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise - Light conditions continue
Agence Effets Mer,
Light conditions prevailed again in Hyeres, forcing the sailors to wait ashore for a timid sea breeze. Racing started at 1400 for most classes except the Women Match Racing, which started earlier in order to try and complete their first round robin.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française - Zach Railey wins only race for Finns
Robert Deaves,
For the third time in a row, the Finns lost their opening race at a major regatta. After losing the opening day in both Miami and Palma, on Sunday it was the turn of the SOF Hyeres, the fourth leg of the 2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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2010 AWA Gaastra/Tabou NZ Auckland Freestyle Windsurfing event
Bruce Spedding,
The Auckland Freestyle Champs is a comp designed to promote freestyle in the Auckland area and nationwide in a fun environment. This year the standby period is set for the whole month of May with Sat/Sun being possible competition days. Everyone is welcome and if a jibe is the most radical maneuver you can do, that's fine. You might get inspired by tricks that other riders perform.... [more]
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Former Multihull rivals team for 2010 F18 Eurocat Regatta
Former Olympic sailing rivals Darren Bundock and Will Howden have forged a formidable partnership to take on two former team-mates at this week's famed Eurocat regatta in Carnac, France. Multiple world catamaran champion and two-time Olympic medallist Bundock will jump aboard the C2 Formula 18 with Howden, a former world Tornado silver medallist, at the three-day regatta which starts Friday.... [more]
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Sailing champ Mark Kennedy creates unique bond with his kids
Ian Grant,
Sunshine Coast World Masters Games sailing champion Mark Kennedy has developed a unique family and sporting bond with his teenage children Mitchell (17) and Madison (15).... [more]
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Big day on the water for Queensland IRC Championship
Suellen Hurling,
Day of the 2010 Queensland IRC Championship -the 15 entered yachts take on a 30 nautical mile passage race around Moreton Bay.... [more]
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2010 Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week - Trans-Tasman rivalry
Ian Grant,
Australian crews will face up to another test of Trans-Tasman rivalry when the battle lines are drawn for the 2010 Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Grand Prix IRC trophy later this year.... [more]
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Australia's Winning takes out 2010 ANZAC 18ft skiffs title
Australia's John Winning has taken the 2010 18ft skiff championships sailed on the Waitemata Harbour... [more]
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Womens Match Racing at 42nd Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères
For the first time, the Women match racing event, the newest addition on the Olympic programme has been included in Hyères. On Sunday the Women Match racing teams competing on a short course did manage to complete 35 races in light and fluky conditions.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland is sailing towards Cape Town, ending non-stop quest
Nancy Knudsen,
16-year-old Californian sailor Abby Sunderland is heading for Cape Town for repairs to her auto-pilot, thus ending her quest to complete a non-stop unassisted circumnavigation.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Francaise – Racing starts in Hyeres
Anna, Team Tunnicliffe,
Racing started today at the Semaine Olympique Francaise here in Hyeres, France. It was a beautiful day in southern France with a light breeze all through the day.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Looking ahead to Match Race Germany
Mirsky Racing Team,
The 13th edition of Match Race Germany, Stage two of the ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT), will be starting on May 19th and running through to May 24th.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 - San Francisco to Panama - Day five
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Spirit of Australia has won the race to the scoring gate, claiming three points as the first team to cross the gate just off the Mexican coast.... [more]
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Waka Racing launch 2010 campaign and web site
Waka Racing Media,
Waka Racing is back and better than ever. With a new web site, www.wakaracing.com, and a big off-season behind us, the tension is brewing for the start of our Europe campaign. It has not all been fun and games over the summer down under, with the team working hard on fitness and strength with a bit of sailing in between. Starting off the year with a second place at the Warren Jones youth regat... [more]
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A bit of rain doesn't stop Audi Winter Series fun
Di Pearson,
It was a wet start to the first pointscore race of the Audi Winter Series at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia today, ANZAC Day, and despite the showery overcast day, no matter who you spoke to said they had 'lots of fun.'... [more]
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Light winds for ANZAC Moths at Takapuna
Andrew Brown,
Takapuna held its annual ANZAC weekend regatta, and the International Moths got out racing again. Saturday was a Southwest offshore breeze from 7 to 11 knots, so we were foiling nearly all the time, Sunday was an amazing autumn day, however with only a very light North East Breeze developing.... [more]
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Slow start to the 2010 Queensland IRC Championship
Suellen Hurling,
The weather forecast was spot on for day 1 of the 2010 Queensland IRC Championship with the yachts starting in just under six knots for the first race of the day. And just to make it even more exciting, the rain stuck around for the afternoon forcing the sailors to get out their wet weather gear.... [more]
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2010 Newport to Ensenada - Party time for (almost) everybody
Rich Roberts,
Lorenzo Berho of Mexico finished first with Peligroso in the big boat Maxi class of the Newport Ocean Sailing Association's 63rd Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race in the pre-dawn Saturday morning. Never mind that in Sunday's awards ceremony the trophy will go to Dick Compton, Jim Yabsley and Tom Parker, the owners of Taxi Dance... [more]
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America's Cup: Oracle Data Mining supports crew and BMW ORACLE Racing
Jeff Erickson,
BMW ORACLE Racing's victory in the America's Cup challenge was a lesson in sailing skill, as one of the world's most experienced crews reached speeds as fast as 30 knots. But if you listen to the crew in their postrace interviews, you'll notice that what they talk about is technology. 'The story of this race is in the technology,' says Ian Burns, design coordinator for BMW ORACLE Racing.... [more]
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2010 Farr 40 World Final Results
Massimo Mezzaroma and Alberto Signorini have guided their Italian entry Nerone to a Championship win in the 2010 Farr 40 Worlds in the Dominican Republic today. Full results here.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 – San Francisco to Panama – Day four
Clipper Ventures PLC,
'Another glorious day's sailing,' reports Spirit of Australia skipper, Brendan Hall. And it's easy to understand why, as he goes on to explain, 'The oilskins stayed below in the wet locker and the warm crew on deck were happy and jovial.... [more]
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Winning makes all the running in ANZAC 18ft skiffs
Richard Gladwell,
Veteran 18ft skiff skipper John Winning (AUS) sailing the latest in a long line of yachts named Yandoo has taken a commanding lead in the ANZAC 18ft skiff regatta. Sailing on the Waitemata in winds of 15-25kts Winning took a first and second place in the two races sailed.... [more]
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Sermaine Olympique Francaise – Finally in France and ready to race
Anna, Team Tunnicliffe,
The whole team finally arrived in France late last night, after five days of trying, for the Semaine Olympique Francaise, the fourth stop of the ISAF Sailing World Cup. Initially our plan was to arrive on Monday of this week, so as to have a week of training with the Spanish and French teams.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship - Tight at the top
Regatta News,
Nerone (ITA) looked to heading into the final day with a scoreboard lead until an uncharacteristic crew error at the final leeward mark of the day saw her slip from third place to seventh. The wind continued to make life difficult for the Race Committee and the competitors as it swung about violently during the day, rarely refusing to settle from one direction for any length of time.... [more]
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Newport to Ensenada Race - Day 1 - Ragtime joins the slow start
Rich Roberts,
Ragtime, the legendary 44-year-old wooden wonder from Down Under now owned by Chris Welsh, showed up unannounced at the starting line hoping to add to its recent glory of handicap victories in the 2008 Los Angeles to Tahiti race and the Sydney-Hobart Race.... [more]
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Semaine Olympique Française – World cup heats up in Hyeres
Agence Effets Mer,
The Semaine Olympique Française (SOF), fourth event in the 2009-2010 ISAF Sailing World Cup (SWC), is set to start Sunday with most of the world's best sailors competing for the title and points for their SWC score.... [more]
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Extreme Sailing Series – Final venue confirmed
OC Events,
OC Events has today announced the final venue on the 2010 Extreme Sailing Series circuit. Kiel, on the Baltic Sea in northern Germany will play host to the dynamic circuit for the third year running (26th -29th August) with the action, once again, being played out just metres from the shoreline.... [more]
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Women's match racing to see its busiest year yet
The Women's International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) 2010 calendar is underway and women's match racing is traversing the globe. With nearly 80 events on the WIMRA calendar, the organization is increasing events at an astonishing rate with less than a dozen events at its inception in 1996... [more]
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