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 07 May 2010
 


Please read first two articles today from top to bottom before proceeding further - we trust and hope that sailors can see the difference between spin and fact.



Lies, Damn Lies, and PR Spin
Bob Fisher,
I stand in awe at the achievement of Jessica Watson. That one so young has had the fortitude to withstand the elements of the oceans alone and unaided for the 200 plus-day duration of a voyage through some of the most hostile waters on the planet, should be more than enough to warrant our appreciation of her seamanship and raw guts. This is no easy voyage. It is one whose demands would leave th... [more]
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Jessica Watson – no criticism of Jessica – just her PR Team
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The Sail-World team has attracted a lot of criticism for our coverage of the claims being made by Jessica Watson's PR team, while she is still battling the southern ocean. The three main threads of criticism have been as follows.... [more]
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Images: New Bakewell-White 36, General Lee is launched in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
The Bakewell-White designed 36fter, General Lee, was launched in Auckland early this morning. Sail-World's camera arrived soon after the splash and brings you these images of her launch... [more]
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Groupama unveils its strategy for the Volvo Ocean Race
Groupama - Cammas,
Groupama and its team, revealed the reasons behind their commitment to the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. With the purchase of Ericsson 4, winner of the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, Groupama Team can boast an excellent platform for training and analysis. Rechristened Groupama 70, the Koujoumdjian design is performing an increasing number of sail trials offshore of Lorient in B... [more]
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Gladwell's Line: 34 America's Cup - All done by Christmas?
Richard Gladwell,
The 34th America's Cup got underway in Rome just over 12 hours ago. Launched not in a yacht club, not in the country of the Defender, but in a museum in Rome with amongst some of Italy's greatest treasures. As Russell Coutts quipped, the America's Cup was probably the youngest artifact in the building.... [more]
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Fireball Worlds 2010 – Title won with two races to go
Noah Purves-Smith,
Two races were sailed today off the Barbados Yacht Club at Carlisle Bay, Barbados, West Indies under sunny skies and winds starting at 14 knots for Race seven, diminishing to 12 knots for Race eight.... [more]
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2010 Finn Open Junior and Senior European Championships - Preview
Robert Deaves,
Split in Croatia could be regarded as one of the Finn classes' favourite venues. In recent times, this picturesque Adriatic port has staged the Europeans in 1997, the World Masters in 2002 and the Finn Gold Cup in 2006. In 2010 the city will host two major Finn events.... [more]
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Aegean Yacht Rally gets under way again
Trevor Joyce,
The 2010 Mariner Boating Rally season gets under way in Turkey and Greece next week. The Aegean Yacht Rally will kick off from Kusadasi and cross immediately into Greece and Pythagorion on the Island of Samos.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 16
Clipper Ventures PLC,
A common theme on this leg has been the extremely localised weather conditions and the varying effect they have had on individual team performances. However, last night all the teams shared the experience of some of the most prolonged and heavy squalls they have had to deal with since racing out of the Humber last September.... [more]
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America's Cup expected to be re-energised by collaboration process
America's Cup Media,
The oldest trophy in international sport is expected to be re-energised by unprecedented collaboration between the Defender and the Challengers, an assembly of dignitaries and media were told today at the first media conference staged for the 34th America's Cup, in Rome. The group was addressed by Russell Coutts, of the Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club and BMW Oracle Racing and Vicenzo Onorato of... [more]
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America's Cup Media Conference - Rome - Live commentary
Richard Gladwell,
The first media conference has concluded for the 34th America's Cup in Rome. The key points are set out below, in a second story we have the official release issued a few minutes after the Press Conference in Sala Exedra in Rome's Musei Capitolini. Russell Coutts did most of the talking and was always careful not to make any comment that could be construed as a decision made on a particular point.... [more]
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Day two of Ian Thomson's solo-sailing World Record attempt
SOS Media,
It is day two into Ian Thomson's new solo sailing world record attempt. Save Our Seas Ocean Racing departed Airlie Beach yesterday morning at 1030 in an effort to break the world record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia. His aim is to be back in 50 days, beating the old record that stands at 68 days 8 hours and 30 minutes.... [more]
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US Sailing interview with BMW Oracle Racing Team's John Kostecki
Jake Fish,
US Sailing was fortunate to catch up with BMW Oracle Racing Team Tactician John Kostecki. Read on to hear what John had to say about his sailing achievements.... [more]
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America's Cup: Defender and Challenger of Record to reveal plans today
Richard Gladwell,
BMW Oracle Racing the holders of the America's Cup have advised that Russell Coutts and Vincenzo Onorato, representing the Defender and Challenger of Record respectively, will reveal details of the 34th America's Cup Match during a press conference in Rome on Thursday 6th May. The pair will usher in a new era of cooperation and consultation between teams... [more]
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Bakewell-White 36, General Lee to be launched in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
A new Bakewell-White 36, General Lee, has i8s due to be launched at Westhaven tomorrow. Designed for offshore racing, and Cat 1, she is owned by two West Australian sailors, Paul Eldrid, who runs Evolution Sails in Perth, and Scott Disley. General Lee has spars and rigging from NZ Rigging.... [more]
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2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup - Frans on day 6
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
An early morning of explosive action allowed the born and bred styler from Bonaire, Taty Frans, to claim his crown in Austria... [more]
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ValenciaSailing talks to Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race
ValenciaSailing.com,
Leading European sailing website, www.valenciasailing.com have published an outstanding interview with Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race. ValenciaSailing don't pull any punches in this session and cover the state of entries; why the Billionaires aren't in the event; whether Alinghi will enter the race and much more:... [more]
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TEAMORGIN continues tradition with Salthouse Boatbuilders
Richard Gladwell,
When the Audi MedCup fleet crosses the start line for the first event Cascais, Portugal, next week, most eyes will be on the performance of TEAMORIGIN. The new TP52, helmed by triple Olympic Gold medalist Ben Ainslie, was launched from the Salthouse Boatbuilders yard in Auckland in March, during the 2010 Louis Vuitton Trophy. TEAM ORIGIN is the first venture into the white hot TP52 circuit... [more]
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Chicago Match Race Center - World Champions to help train CMRC members
CMRC Media,
Starting tomorrow through May 9th, two former ISAF World Champions will be at the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) to train themselves and a select group of CMRC members in the techniques and tactics of match race sailing.... [more]
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Youth and Sports Minister announces dynamic elite sailing programme
WMRT,
Malaysia will soon be introducing a plan to help develop the nation's sailing fraternity and raise its international potential on the professional yacht racing circuit.... [more]
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Grand Prix Germany 2010 - Top Dragon sailors have already registered
Mal Events,
The Dragon Grand Prix Germany is the only Grade one event reserved exclusively for the dragon class without other classes competing at the same time. Moreover, the Dragon Grand Prix Germany will be the precursor for the 2011 European Championship also scheduled to be held at Boltenhagen/Baltic Sea.... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 15
Clipper Ventures PLC,
Team Finland, second behind Spirit of Australia in the overall standings, has climbed another rung on the leader board in the last 24 hours, nosing ahead of Edinburgh Inspiring Capital who has put in a solid performance on this race.... [more]
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Ten teams front for Louis Vuitton Trophy at La Maddalena, Sardinia
Louis Vuitton Trophy and WSTA Media,
The best sailors in the world will be in Italy later this month as Sardinia prepares to host 10 top sailing teams at the Louis Vuitton Trophy La Maddalena from 22nd May through 6th June. Three Italian entries, including the host Mascalzone Latino Audi Team, Azzurra and Luna Rossa will be battling with teams such as the Defender of the America's Cup, BMW ORACLE Racing... [more]
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SOS Ocean Racing - The Beginning
Ian Thomson,
SOS Ocean Racing is about raising awareness of the damage plastic bags do to our environment. Ian Thomson mission is to raise awareness to make the every day Australian think before they use plastic bags, to reduce the usage if they can, if they can't, to reuse and eventually recycle them. He will do this by setting a new world record for solo non-stop circumnavigation of Australia.... [more]
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Jessica Watson: Keeping the Record Straight
Nancy Knudsen.,
As a publication for sailors, not the general public, it behoves us to be accurate about 'round the world' records. When Jessica sails into Sydney Harbour in May, she may have survived her voyage with bravery and skill, and be on her way to fame and fortune, but she will not have taken Jesse Martin's round-world record from him.... [more]
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Tasmania's best women sailors lining up on River Derwent
Peter Campbell,
Two young national sailing champions will be among many of Tasmania's best women sailors competing in the Sargiso Jewellers Women's Fleet Racing Regatta... [more]
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2010 Sail Mooloolaba championship - Twelve SB3 crews accept NOR
Ian Grant,
Up to twelve SB3 crews including Mooloolaba's Lauren Calder and her all female Audi Sunshine Coast racing team have accepted the Notice of Race documents confirming they will gain test their tactical skill in a boat on boat match race for honours against some of Australia's leading male one-design class racing skippers.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens-Do a 5 minute survey to assist the Regatta's growth
Event Media,
Five minutes of your time will go a long way to helping the Sail Port Stephens Organising Committee prepare for 2011. It's a quick online survey and we need your responses now ! 2011 will be the fourth year of the regatta and there are a selection of things, both on and off the water, that are on the white board to be tweaked, changed, improved and modified... [more]
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Have you booked your Hamilton Island Audi Race Week accommodation?
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your Hamilton Island Audi Race Week accommodation? Several great options to choose from. Ranging from a 1 bedroom apartment through to luxury homes. Contact us on 1300 653 997. The private apartments on offer are filling up fast. We suggest you look through the available options and book your preferred option soon! See our full range on www.whitsundayholidays.com.au. Or ca... [more]
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2010 Fireball Worlds - Two more bullets for Howarth and Townend
Noah Purves-Smith,
Boats with sail numbers not starting with GBR still haven't managed to crack the overall podium, but they are starting to reach the top three spots in individual races with Australian boats claiming second and third in race six.... [more]
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How big is a Finn sailor?
Robert Deaves,
At the end of 2009 the Finn class carried out a survey of its top sailors to accumulate data regarding the weight, height and age when they started sailing the Finn, to try and build a picture of the current fleet and to examine how these factors have changed over the years.... [more]
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Australian Melges 24 Championships 2010 – Day one
Tracey Walters,
Sunny Queensland and day one started with rain, overcast skies and about three knots of breeze, East-South East. The start boat managed to get races away on time, even though a delay looked possible. As the rain eased the breeze filled in to six to eight knots for the afternoon.... [more]
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Audi MedCup - A season long battle of Olympic proportions
Audi MedCup Circuit,
One week to go before the start of the 2010 Audi MedCup Circuit and, at Cascais and venues nearby, the battle is on for TP52 Series and GP42 Series crews to be absolutely in the best possible shape when they hit the start line for the first races of the new season.... [more]
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RC 44 Austria Cup – Only three points separate the top two!
MaxComm Communication,
The fight for the third place of the podium also proved superb, with four teams separated by one point ahead of the last race.... [more]
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Fireball Worlds 2010 - Britain's Howarth and Townend lead - results
Noah Purves-Smith,
Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend (GBR) continue to lead the 2010 Fireball Worlds after day two of racing. Matt Burge and Richard Wagstaff (GBR) are in second place, while David Wade and Tim Saunders (GBR) climbed up the rankings to sit in third place.... [more]
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Elvstrom Zellerbach Regatta – Day two
Steve Bodner,
I stood at the sea wall with 20 minutes before the first start with both 10.7 and 10.0 rigs ready to go. Without looking at what the rest of the fleet was doing (mistake one), I choose the 10.0 (mistake two) - thinking the breeze would be up sooner than later. But as always, you need to choose for what's happening now!... [more]
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The 2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup – PWA interviews five stars
Paul Griffiths / PWA,
With every hope that the forecast would be wrong, the event organisers were ready to release the frustrated freestylers out of their equipment tents and onto the lake at 0600.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf Regatta 2010 - handing out the silverware
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Closing night at the Top of the Gulf Regatta, time to put on the dancing shoes and the sharp suit, mix with the glitterati and enjoy the balmy tropical breezes wafting in from the Gulf of Thailand (that's the 'Gulf' in 'Top of the Gulf' of course).... [more]
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Clipper 09-10 San Francisco to Panama – Day 14
Clipper Ventures PLC,
'Not long before dusk another white object was spotted on the horizon, but this time out to starboard. Being just out of range of the binoculars, speculation was rife that it was another yacht but with an hour to go until sched time we debated the possibilities.”... [more]
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World speed record holder l'Hydroptere relaunched in Lorient.
Guilain Grenier,
l'Hydroptere has been relaunched in Lorient (FRA,56) at Eric Tabarly Sailing City ahead of her European offshore sailing campaign this year.... [more]
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SOS Ocean Racing to depart 10am May 5th (Tomorrow)
Ian Thomson,
All the preparations onboard Save Our Seas Ocean Racing are done. The food is loaded and it is time to go. Save Our Seas Ocean Racing is heading off from Airlie Beach at 10am tomorrow in an endeavour to break the world record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia. In order to set a new world record Ian Thomson, a commercial skipper from the Whitsundays will need to sail around in under 68... [more]
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Second's out for PUMA's Ken Read in Volvo Ocean Race + Video (x2)
Cameron Kelleher,
'The goal is to build a team not only of great sailors but of friends. I think people perform better when they enjoy what they do...' For a man with more medals in his locker than a green beret, having to settle for the second step of the podium at the end of a gruelling 2008-09 race was unfamiliar territory for Ken Read. Read's PUMA Ocean Racing finished behind Torben Grael's Ericsson 4... [more]
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30th Annual Wide Bay Water Bay Trailable Yacht Race
Colin Verrall,
Favourable sailing breeze conditions of 10 to 15 knots with some gusts reaching 25 knots for brief periods provided a spectacular sight of 172 Trailable Yachts drawn to our unique Tin Can Bay Inlet, Great Sandy Strait and Hervey Bay waters bounded by World Heritage Listed Fraser Island to the east and the wilderness areas and small coastal communities to the east.... [more]
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2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup – PWA interviews Van Der Eyken and Rowe
Paul Griffiths / PWA,
When the one gust of the day did hit, the professionalism amongst the competitors was outstanding. With a chance that the competition could run at any moment an elite entourage of freestylers were on the water and ready to rock out their radical tricks.... [more]
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2010 Melges 24 Australian Championships - A family affair
Tracey Walters,
Crews arrived from all over Australia. David Farrimond Vitesse AUS 709 spent the weekend on the 20-hour drive from Geelong, with new crewmember Ben Roodhouse, owner of Go Dogs Go in WA joining their team for the regatta. Still a true family effort, mum Lyn was out washing the hull.... [more]
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British Super-Maxi in New York for attempt on Transatlantic record
Alex Mills,
ICAP Leopard, the 100ft super-maxi racing yacht owned by Helical Bar PLC chief executive Mike Slade, is this week berthed in New York's bustling financial district as she prepares to launch her assault upon the west-to-east monohull transatlantic sailing record in the coming weeks.... [more]
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America's Cup teams to race at Cowes week 2010
Michelle Warner,
The 1851 Cup will bring together some of the world's greatest sailors at the world's largest sailing regatta and re-ignite and build interest in match racing in large yachts in British waters again.... [more]
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RC 44 Austria Cup – No wind brings RC 44 Championships to a halt
MaxComm Communication,
Lake Traunsee remained as flat as a mirror today, reflecting a grey and stationary sky. The sailors stayed on land all day, waiting for some wind. However Principal Race Officer Peter Reggio had no other choice than to call the day off at 3:30 PM.... [more]
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Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai - Jürg Kaufmann exhibits in Cannes
Soazig Gueho,
For the past three years, the official poster of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai has been chosen through a competitive selection process. Painters and photographers from all over the world have submitted their pieces to a jury.... [more]
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2010 Audi Melges 32 Sailing Series - No stopping Bliksem
International Melges 32 Class Association,
The anticipated duel between Lalli and Taselaar continued as Bliksem stretched the right side of the first downwind leg, while Lalli sailed his own race and did not allow Taselaar to dictate his moves. Lalli took the lead at the first rounding, in front of Taselaar.... [more]
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Top of the Gulf 2010 - another day, another breeze.
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There is one race on the card outstanding for the IRC Racing class since race 1 was abandoned on Saturday in the aftermath of the ‘2 vs 7' continental error. RO Jerry Rollin took a straw poll over the radio, but one boat demurred so the ‘re-sail' is deferred until tomorrow. Maybe.... [more]
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The 2010 Podersdorf Surf World Cup – PWA stars entertain the masses
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
Following head judge Duncan Coombe's dawn patrol; the hoards of spectators were treated to another full day of hanging out in the sun with the PWA's stars.... [more]
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New speed limit for The Spit in New South Wales
Paul McLeay MP,
Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay said the new speed limit, taking effect immediately, would apply to an area bound by Clontarf Point and the Middle Harbour Yacht Club on the east and d'Albora Marina and the Seaforth shoreline on the western side of The Spit Bridge.... [more]
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