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 09 Jul 2010
 


When Too Much Sailing is Never enough... Head North

The Australian east coast fleets are preparing to head north, in a round up today we hear that 65 boats have already entered the Audi Sydney to Gold Coast Race and organisers are expecting to see 80 boats on the start line.

The Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel fleet is climbing towards 50, with a load of top guns ready to fire.

Spinnakers. Day 6 Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2009  Sail-World.com /AUS ©


The really big news however comes from Meridien Marina Airlie Beach Race Week Director Denis Thompson who advises that the 21st Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week is an amazing 40 boats ahead on entries to the same time last year. We would not be surprised to see a fleet of 120 boats sailing on Pioneer Bay come August 11th.

If you are planning to race at Airlie Beach Regatta, enter now at www.airliebeachraceweek.com.au

Audi Hamilton Island's entries are closing on 150 and will head towards 200.

Further up north Sunferries Magnetic Island Race Week September 3-7th at current rate expects to see 60 boats sailing on Cumberland Bay.

If you've never sailed north of Hayman and sadly that applies to many Whitsunday winter regulars, now is the time to organise a new adventure - It's a great event. www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au

You still have time to organise your tropical shirts before you go!!


The Sail-World Team



Melbourne to Vanuatu race leader retires
John Curnow,
Scarlet Runner has had to retire from the 2010 Melbourne to Vanuatu race, just as she had been doing exceptionally well and was well inside race record pace. At just after 4pm EST on Thursday, the boat's EPIRB was activated.... [more]
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F18-Worlds 2010 Tight at the Top
Sail-World.com,
F18-Worlds 2010- Two finals races today for the Gold fleet at the 2010 F18 Worlds in Erguy,France. Having lost the lead today Bundock is still looking to win his 13th multihull world championship and will be looking for a big final day to try and peg back Olivier Backes (FRA) who is sailing very conistently with a 5,5 day and Hugh Styles (GBR) who rocketed back up into second place with a second p... [more]
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Audi Sydney Gold Coast fleet soars to 65 - entries close in a week
Jennifer Crooks,
With one week until entries close for the 25th Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, this year's race is shaping up to be a record breaker in more ways than one.... [more]
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Australian Paralympic sailors have 2012 London Games berths in sites
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Sailing Team's Paralympic crews are preparing for their first shot at qualifying for the 2012 London Paralympic Games with the 2010 IFDS World Championships beginning in Holland on Friday. Four Australian crews have made the trek to Medemblik, Holland, for the opportunity to qualify the country in three Paralympic classes for London 2012, the Skud 18, Sonar, and 2.4mR.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden. Mirsky Racing Team chooses opponent
Kinley Fowler,
After a day of relaxing in the sun and watching the end of the round robin from on top of the castle in Marstrand, Mirsky Racing Team have chosen to race the French Match Racing Team's Damien Iehl in tomorrow's first to three points quarter final.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Two Women's semi finalists decided
Match Cup Sweden,
Match Cup Sweden - Women's Match Racing. Renee Guneveld, Holland and Ekatarina Skudina, Russia are through to the semifinals after three straight wins. Anna Kjellberg has a good shot at joining them after winning comfortably in her third match against Katie Spithill... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Spithill trails in quarter finals
Craig Heydon,
Match Cup Sweden Women's Match Racing. The Australian Women's Match Racing Crew of Katie Spithill, Jessica Eastwell and Angela Farrell have their work cut out for them in their quarter-final match up with local hope Anna Kjellberg.... [more]
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470 World Championships - Delta Lloyd Men's and Women's preview
James Boyd,
Men's 470 and Women's 470 World Titles - 40 nations will compete for the Men's 470 and Women's 470 World Titles. Looking to defend their World Championship title will be Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic. Currently number six in the ISAF rankings, these Croatian sailors have had a good season so far, podiuming in four of the six regattas they have competed in.... [more]
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New PFDs for Australian Boaters
Ursula Bishop,
Personal flotation devices made to the new Australian Standard AS 4758 can now be sold and worn around the country. The NMSC has produced a point of sale brochure for retailers, dealers and the general public explaining the PFDs made to the new standard and what they mean. Copies can be attained from marine safety authorities or the NMSC.... [more]
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470 Men's World Championship preview - Atop the Rankings
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
ISAF World Cup Champion in the Men's 470 Class, Australia's Mat Belcher, has competed in 11 ranking regattas. The Australian team has podiumed in seven of the eleven regattas and has never fallen out of the top six places.... [more]
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South Pacific Women's Teams Racing
Brian Case,
Victoria have taken over 6 sailors, (5 from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club, one form Royal Yacht Club of Victoria). Teams racing commenced today with the annual women's teams race, with Victoria finishing a credible second. Tomorrow will see the start of the fierce competition between the local legends of Aititaki, New Zealand, South Australia and surrounding Islands. Racing will consist of up to... [more]
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Laser Radial Worlds start Friday - keeping the powder dry
Laser Worlds,
Laser Radial World Championships - After nearly a week of blustery Scottish winds, many of the competitors preparing for tomorrow's start elected to rest, to sail only briefly or to participate in only part of today's official practice race.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden – Favourites out
WMRT/amended Sail-World.com,
World Match Racing Tour, Stena Match Cup Sweden update from Marstrand, Sweden: The wind spun round to the South today at Stena Match Cup Sweden altering the game plan for the final five flights of Stage one of the event.... [more]
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Delta Lloyd IFDS Worlds 2010 – Top sailors arrive in Medemblik
Sandra Dijksman,
Delta Lloyd IFDS Worlds 2010 is to be hosted in Medemblik this year and by now the worlds top disabled sailors have arrived at the Regatta Center. Boats are being measured, competitors qualified and some teams are already practicing the races.... [more]
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America's Cup: San Francisco named as sole US venue option
Richard Gladwell,
Larry Ellison's hometown, San Francisco, has been named as the sole US Defence venue option for the 34th America's Cup by the Defender Golden Gate Yacht Club. In a just released statement, Golden Gate YC syas that the West Coast city 'has put forward a strong, wellrounded venue proposal, and is now the only city in the USA under consideration to host the 34th America's Cup match.'... [more]
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Beneteau Lagoon 400 arrival celebration - Sail and stay in style
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht,
WRAY is celebrating the arrival of its Beneteau Lagoon 400, the magnificent Angelique, with a very special Gold cruise-and-stay luxury package.... [more]
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Watch for whales in the Whitsundays
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht,
Sail the Whitsundays in winter and you may spot humpback whales as they migrate north to calve and breed in the warm, sheltered Whitsunday waters.... [more]
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Melbourne to Vanuatu - Giddy Up!
John Curnow,
Over half way through the 1885nm course and with a revised finish time of Sunday @ 23:47:31, I would say it is now game on for Scarlet Runner!!!... [more]
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F18 Worlds 2010 Still plenty of racing says Ashby
Sail-World.com,
Triple F18 World Champion Glen Ashby is back up the fleet after the first three races in the finals of the Erguy F18 Worlds, but he thinks his former F18 partner Darren Bundock will take this title.... [more]
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Optimist European Championship - Tricky wind conditions
IODA,
Optimist European Championship. Tricky wind conditions made it a difficult day for racing, not only for the sailors but also for the Race Committee. Races started in the afternoon in 12 knots of wind which gradually dropped to 3-4 knots. Due at least in part to the diffgicult conditions, places keep changing in the top ten of both the boy and girl rankings.... [more]
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Spithill and crew move into next stage of Match Cup Sweden
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Women's Match Racing crew of Katie Spithill, Jessica Eastwell and Angela Farrell has booked their place in the quarter-finals of Match Cup Sweden, finishing second overall in the opening round-robin... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Women's Quarter Finalists decided
Match Cup Sweden,
Match Cup Sweden Flight reports for July 7th 2010... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for July 2010 released
ISAF,
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 7 July 2010 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 18 August 2010 up to and including Skandia Sail for Gold in Britain, Laser Radial Women World Championship in Great Britain and the 470 World Chamionships in Netherlands.... [more]
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F18 World Championships – Images from Day three in Erguy, France
Philippe Guegan & Sail-World,
F18 World Championship 2010 is currently under-way in Erguy, France. This is the 10th anniversary of the championship, which is why it has returned to its birthplace. Philippe Guegan has taken some excellent images for you to enjoy.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Mirsky Racing Team equal first after day two
Kinley Fowler,
Match Cup Sweden's second day saw strong winds and sunshine, suiting MRT's style who went through the day undefeated.... [more]
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l'Hydroptère's European tour - The adventure continues
l'Hydroptère,
l'Hydroptère's European tour - The first part of the European programme ended this weekend when l'Hydroptère came back to Lorient after a trip of a little more than one month. Our main objectives in 2010 were to make people discover the trimaran and to sail in the open sea. Missions accomplished during this first step!... [more]
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Westward Cup Regatta – Mariette averages nine knots around 38nm course
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Westward Cup Regatta - Taking into consideration their immense proportions, a large crowd of spectators in Cowes, were thrilled at the sight of an incredibly close-run finish between the Big Class yachts racing at the inaugural Westward Cup Regatta taking pride of place on Solent waters this week.... [more]
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Jamie Dunross and Spirit of Rockingham - Update
www.wa.yachting.org.au,
Courageous quadriplegic yachtsman Jamie Dunros from Rockingham is about to commence his home run from Darwin, down the West Australian coastline in his quest to circumnavigate Australia.... [more]
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US Sailing 2012 U.S. Olympic Team New selection methods
Marni Lane,
US Sailing's Olympic Sailing Committee (OSC) has finalized the selection procedures for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team – Sailing in the 10 events selected for the 2012 Olympic Regatta, set for July 27- August 12, 2012. Athletes will have the opportunity to qualify based on their combined performance at two international events.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Tormenting moments at Marstrand
WMRT,
World Match Racing Tour contenders have now settled into daily winds of 12 – 15 knots running the length of the fjord and unbroken sunlight. Stena Match Cup Sweden's race course looks as though God himself modeled it on a match racing amphitheatre and has provided the best conditions yet experienced on this year's Tour calendar.... [more]
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David Gilmour claims 2010 Champion of Champions title
WA Yachting,
David Gilmour, the WA State Match Racing Champion, out sailed the other teams in the matched fleet of Foundation 36 yachts to win the ultimate title – the 2010 Foundation Champion of Champions on Sunday, 20th June 2010.... [more]
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Melbourne to Vanuatu – News Flash Ingenue retires after spinnaker wrap
John Curnow,
Melbourne to Vanuatu has tonight seen Ingenue retire from the 2010 edition of the race, the decision came at 2135hrs. Thankfully, both Rosie Collahan and David James are fine and the vessel OK, but as a result of a spinnaker wrap around the forestay, sheets and all, Ingenue have retired.... [more]
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Extreme 40 World Championship countdown begins
Emily Caroe,
Extreme 40 World Championship - The stunning bay of Portorož on the Adriatic Coast will be centre stage for the Extreme 40 teams lining up for the inaugural race. Hosted by The Ocean Racing Club, the teams will be put through their paces over six days of Olympic style fleet races, starting at the world-renowned Kempinski Palace Hotel.... [more]
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Melbourne to Vanuatu - No horse play
John Curnow,
A certain James Cook wrote in his logs (after standing atop the hill on Lizard Island, which went on to be known as Cook's Look), something along the lines of, '..those insufferable SE winds'.... [more]
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Laser Radial World Championship - Krystal Weir prepares for her return
Craig Heydon,
Laser Radial World Championship - Weir had two years away from the class as she represented Australia in the Yngling class at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and then tried her hand in the RS:X class throughout 2009 and has so far had a strong return to the Laser Radial class.... [more]
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Ady Gil skipper anti-whaler Pete Bethune, gets suspended sentence
Eathrace,
Environmentalist and anti-whaling campaigner, Pete Bethune, gets suspended sentence. 'All I wanted was justice for the loss of my boat, the Ady Gil, and the attempted murder of my crew.' The trial in Japan of environmentalist and anti-whaling campaigner, Pete Bethune, 45, reached its conclusion today... [more]
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Australian Superboat Championships - Record Superboat entries
Sean Henshelwood,
Australian Superboat Championships - Round Mountain Raceway at Cabarita Beach will come alive this weekend to the sound of the biggest field in V8 Superboat history as 47 teams from all over the country converge on the sleepy coastal hamlet for what promises to be one of the best events on recent record.... [more]
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Swansea Channel fine for 2010 Heaven Can Wait race: latest charts
HCW Media,
The latest hydrographic survey charts of the Swansea Channel entrance to Lake Macquarie, published by Maritime NSW, indicate boats sailing up or down the NSW coast should have much less trouble entering the lake to participate in this year's Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Charity Yacht Race.... [more]
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SB3 Girls set for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week
Ian Grant,
SB3 Hamilton Island - Sunshine Coast female skipper Lauren Calder will again test her one-design racing skill against a formidable fleet during the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week SB3 class championship next month.... [more]
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Optimist Asian Championship - Singapore on top
Optimist Class Association,
Optimist Asian Championship Pattaya, Thailand. Today the fleet left the shore with expectations of good winds and exciting racing after the difficulties of yesterday. The first race started and was sailed in a good steady wind... [more]
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Optimist European Championships - Launching in 20 knots
Optimist Class association,
Optimist European Championship, Kamien-Pomorski Poland. Day 5 report.... [more]
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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship
Johno Fullerton,
Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2010 - Istanbul, Turkey. Preview. There will be a record attendance at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2010 with 344 sailors representing 63 nations. Racing is held across eight events, which use four classes of dinghy and one windsurfer. World champions will be identified for each event for both Boy's and Girl's.... [more]
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F18 Worlds 2010 - from Featherduster to Rooster
Sail-World.com,
F18 Worlds -Erguy France - After the first day of racing an examination of the leaderboard showed a notable absence, running down the first page and then second and third at last there was the three times F18 World Champion, Australia's Darren Bundock with his British Crew Will Howden in an unfamilar 111th place in the 159 boat fleet, definitely feather duster territory for the 12 times multihull... [more]
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YANMAR Racing in dangerous waters at Stena Match Cup Sweden
YANMAR Racing media,
Having won this event seven times before, Australia's Peter Gilmour and his YANMAR Racing Team came to the Stena Match Cup Sweden starting amongst the favourites, after winning the fourth event on the ISAF 2010 World Match Racing Tour, the Portugal Match Cup, last week.... [more]
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PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix- Day one winner the breeze
PWA/Paul Griffiths,
PWA Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria Grand Prix – Day One. Wave sailing's elite arrived in Pozo to battle it out in the relentless wind and waves with the local hotshots, but were left becalmed on the boulders, creating an unusually relaxed vibe for the opening day of world-class competition.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Spithill and crew continue good form
Craig Heydon,
Match Cup Sweden. The Australian Women's Match Racing Team crew of Katie Spithill, Jessica Eastwell and Angela Farrell has continued their good start to Match Cup Sweden, winning both of their day two races to move into second overall, and tied on points for the lead.... [more]
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Match Cup Sweden - Women's Round Robin lead to Skudina
Match Cup Sweden,
Match Cup Sweden - Women's Round Robin day two. July 6 Flight reports and results. Spectators on the cliffs of Marstrand saw one of the most exiting finishes yet in the third flight when Ekatarina Skudina managed to beat Lotte Meldegard-Pedersen with the smallest margin possible.... [more]
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Mirsky Racing Team positioned well after day one of Match Cup Sweden
Kinley Fowler,
Stena Match Cup Sweden, Stage 5 of the World Match Racing Tour. Mirsky Racing Team's Kinley Fowler report. The first race for MRT didn't go well, with Ian Williams from Team GAC Pindar winning the race at the start, and then showing off exactly how to navigate around this difficult arena to extend to the finish.... [more]
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470 World Championship 2010 - Lucky 13 for Medal Maker
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
470 World Championship 2010- The Medal Maker, coach Victor Kovalenko is aiming for his 13th 470 World Championship victory with his Australian Men's 470 team of Mat Belcher and Malcolm Page in Scheveningen, Holland. Kovalenko, the former Ukrainian and Soviet Union coach, now a days the Australian Sailing Team's head coach and has twelve 470 World Championship and eight Olympic medals in the 470 c... [more]
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UNSW Windsurfing and Sailing club members at international regattas
Ajay Rau,
UNSW Windsurfing and Sailing club members represent their Countries at the 2010 Sailing World Cup ,World Championship's and 2010 Audi Winter Series.... [more]
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Melbourne to Vanuatu - Back to racing
John Curnow,
As the breeze returns to the fleet, various tactical options are now available, depending on where you are on the track and the pace your boat can achieve. Clearly, Scarlet Runner has skipped away to a commanding lead, although it is less than they previously held.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour-Minoprio and Gilmour waver at Match Cup Sweden
WMRT,
Match Cup Sweden began today and the wind switched on early. The 16 teams were separated into Groups A and B with flights concentrated into one morning race session. Five fast flights were completed in a stable 15 knots with stand out scores from Mathieu Richard (FRA) French Match Racing Team and Ian Williams (GBR) Team GAC Pindar on a clean 4-0.... [more]
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Cowes Week 1851 Cup - Brits to take on America's Cup Champions
Michelle Warner,
Cowes Week, 1851 Cup contestants Ben Ainslie (Team Origin) and James Spithill (BMW Oracle Racing) will lead their teams in contesting the Cup for 2010. They are two of the hottest match racing skippers in the world. Britain's Team Origin will be the be first potential challenger for the next America's Cup to race head-to-head with BMW Oracle Racing, winners of the 33rd America's Cup.... [more]
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