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Moth Worlds - The hot news on the rigid wind

The biggest sailing event so far in 2011 - is definitely the Zhik 2011 Moth Worlds which starts in around seven hours in Australia.

The big news from this event has been the world's first (and only?) Moth class hard wingsail.

The question was whether American aces Bora Gulari (2009 Moth World Champion) or Charlie McKee will be using it, and whether it will prove faster than soft sails. Sail-World has the exclusive story right now!!

Its a must read!!


Sail-World.com has been photographing lots- be sure to check out the crash sequence of a foiler Moth.

Charlie McKee in action with the Moth solid wing - Zhik Moth Worlds 2011- Lake Macquarie Australia  Sail-World.com /AUS ©


Each January, one of the biggest surprises in the sailing world is always the announcement of the recipients of US SAILING's Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. These coveted awards are decided by an independent panel of sailing journalists and are given to standout sailors who have demonstrated racecourse results, dedication and breadth of skill.

The 2010 winners are no exception. Anna Tunnicliffe, arguably the absolute best female sailor of her generation, and Stan Honey, widely regarded as the world's best navigator, are both exceptionally gifted sailors who play the game at the highest levels. Tunnicliffe won her Rolex—her third consecutive from US SAILING/Rolex—for excellence in Laser Radials, Snipes (2010 World Champion) and Match Racing, while Mr. Honey received his award for his stand-out work navigating Groupama 3 to a new Jules Verne record of just 48 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes.

'I am honored to receive the US Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Award,' said Honey. 'As an American, it was an unexpected opportunity and honor to be asked to sail with the legendary all-French Groupama offshore multihull crew. Groupama 3's success in the Jules Verne is a tribute to Franck Cammas' leadership and the seamanship of the entire crew.'

'I'm very excited and honored to again be selected for the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Award,' said Tunnicliffe. 'I knew it would be tough to get it this year, so it was a great surprise when I heard the news. I have to thank my teammates for this year. It was a group effort at the Snipe Worlds and all of the match racing events. Molly [Vandemoer] and Debbie [Capozzi] are fantastic crew and played a huge part in this award!'

Check out this issue for more information on these sailors and this proud award.

Here by the way is what Anna Tunnicliffe's husband Brad Funk is doing at the moment..

Brad Funk - Zhiking out - Zhik Moth Australian Championships 2011  Sail-World.com /AUS ©


Meanwhile, in the Barcelona World Race, Virbac-Paprec 3 and Foncia 3 still control the front of the pack, but wind has finally reached those skippers struggling to escape a wind-pressure vacuum, allowing for vastly improved daily mileage runs throughout the fleet. Hugo Boss was the last boat to free itself from the sticky clutches of the Straits of Gibraltar, but the tactics are not straight forward for the cluster of boats chasing down the leaders. Check out the related articles in this issue for more info.

And in the Velux 5 Oceans Race, the four remaining skippers have been pasted with gale-force winds and huge seas this week. Chris Stanmore-Major (33; GBR) aboard Spartan summed up his thought on heavy-weather sailing well: 'Getting knocked down was just one of those things,' said Stanmore-Major. 'In one of these boats is not that unusual. It's more dramatic to watch than it is actually onboard. There was no damage and I'm absolutely fine. I actually like the heavy weather, I'm not fazed by it... It was only March of last year I was skippering a boat through a hurricane and we had 70 knots, so it's sort of horses for courses. I'm very respectful of the weather and what it can do to the boat, but please, 45 knots? The Southern Ocean is going to have to try a bit harder than that!'

May the four winds blow you safely home,


David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor



Zhik Moth Worlds – Moth Rigid Wing: the hot news from Sail-World.com
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
The sailing world has been abuzz since it was discovered that 2009 World Champion Bora Gulari (USA) was going to arrive with a solid wing sail on his Mach-2. But he is not using it. Instead Charlie McKee began sailing his Mach 2 with the rigid wing. Charlie is over the moon and on the eve of the Worlds, in this Sail-World.com exclusive we discovered why... [more]
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Zhik Moth Pre-Worlds 2011 – Crash sequence
Sail-World.com,
Zhik Moth Pre-Worlds 2011 – There are two International Moth sailing configurations High ride and Low ride. IMCA Australian President Scott Babbage has selflessly demonstrated one of the two downspeed transition methods for the benefit of Sail-World readers world-wide.... [more]
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One Day: Jan 21/11, One Race: Around Barbados, One Goal: Break Records
Raphael Grisoni,
The Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race has a 75 year tradition of sail boats of all sizes racing around the island to break records and gain bragging rights. Come and enjoy sun, sand and most importantly sea and join us in the race around Barbados. Any one and any boat of size can join. If you don't have a boat, charter one or join the crew of a participating vessel.... [more]
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420 World Championships 2011 - Buenos Aires final report
Tony Mapplebeck,
420 World Championships 2011 - The event that was held in South America has now come to a successful conclusion with 97 boats (56 Open and 41 Ladies), there were 194 sailors from eighteen countries... [more]
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Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - Notice of race published
ISAF,
Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships - The event will take place in Fremantle, Western Australia and will feature 1300 athletes competing across ten events. For the first time in 2012, sailing will introduce women's match racing at the Olympic Games and the discipline will join the nine fleet racing events to contest their world championship in Perth.... [more]
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Moth Pre-Worlds Action Photos
Sail-World.com,
Sail-World.com has been on Lake Macquarie for the Moth Pre-Worlds. Here are a few of our action images. There will be lots more during the Worlds... [more]
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Optimist (IODA) World Sailing Championships - Thai Champion
IODA and ISAF,
Noppakao Poonpat from Thailand took the bullet in the final race of the championship to become the 2010 Optimist World Champion in style.... [more]
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A Class Cats Australian Title - Ashby takes the win
Bob Griffits,
A Class Australian Titles. Glenn Ashby is the new Australian Champion for A Class Catamarans. Severall attempts were made to race 8, but by now the fleet was subjected to repeted rainsqualls which produced wind gusts associated with large shifts in direction. The fleet did manage to start,... [more]
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Moth Worlds 2011 - Can Aussies beat the Brits at something??
Sail-World.com,
Sail-World.com interviewed Simon Payne, the British sailor who is the current Moth World Champion at the Australian Titles on Lake Macquarie NSW.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Ryan Breymaier sole U.S. sailor
Barby MacGowan,
Barcelona World Race - Ryan Breymaier sole U.S. sailor - With co-skipper Boris Herrmann (Germany) as the only other crew aboard, Breymaier is one of 15 double-handed teams from eight nations competing in the 25,000 nautical mile (46,300 km) race, which is expected to include approximately 2,000 hours of non-stop competition across three vast oceans, two hemispheres and around three famous Capes.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Australian Championship - Outteridge shines
Pat Langley,
Australian Nathan Outteridge sent a strong message to his rivals for the forthcoming Zhik 2011 Moth Worlds. In race one of the day, the left hand side of the race track was heavily favoured and resulted in most competitors approaching the top mark on the port tack layline.... [more]
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Mirror Worlds - Perfect Conditions but drama on day 4
Anthony Galante,
Day 4 of the 2011 Landcorp Mirror Worlds started with a fresh sou-westerly with the fleet bathed in sunshine. Hard work was the motto of the day for sailors in the 15 knot breeze. The day ended in drama following the disqualification of the Championship leader after completing only one circle in a two-circle penalty for pumping under Rule 42.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race to get a new fleet
Zoe Williamson,
British sailing legend, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, is celebrating 15 years as chairman of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race by announcing a brand new fleet of twelve 70-foot racing yachts for his global ocean challenge.... [more]
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America´s Cup - A Time to Celebrate
Erik Simonson,
Johnny Mosely made a rare appearance at City Hall in San Francisco today. The Marin County resident was not there to promote another insane ski jumping contest at AT&T park of the steep streets of the Marina District. No sir. Johnny came to MC the event of a lifetime under the Rotunda of City Hall...Directly underneath the golden roof of the Taj-Ma Willie.... [more]
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US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Yachtswoman Of The Year Award
Anna Tunnicliffe,
US Sailing's 2010 Rolex Yachtswoman Of The Year Award - It was a huge surprise. All of the nominees had great results, and I knew it would be tough. So to be awarded it again is such an honor. I am very happy and excited.... [more]
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America's Cup - San Francisco celebrates
Stephanie Martin,
America's Cup - San Francisco will play host to a very different America's Cup Finals. With a focus on enhancing the overall event experience, substantial enhancements are being added to both on and off the water elements.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Australian Championship Day 1 - Foiling like crazy
Pat Langley and Sail-World.com,
Day one of the Zhik Moth Australian Championship had a record-breaking 108 foiling Moths on the start line. The mixed fleet of international sailors suffered more than a few general recalls and black flags dragging out the three races to a staggering 6.5 hours.... [more]
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Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year winners announced
Jake Fish,
Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year 2010 were named today with Stan Honey and Anna Tunnicliffe. A shortlist of 10 male and six female sailors – determined from nominations submitted by members of US Sailing – was evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists who selected these two sailors for the noteworthy distinction.... [more]
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Miami 2011: Will there be light at the end of the horizon?
Bob Wonders,
The Miami International Boat Show (February 17-21) may not be the largest boating exhibition in the world (Düsseldorf takes that honour) and it's not even the largest in the United States, with Fort Lauderdale emerging victorious.... [more]
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Rose Bowl Regatta - Top colleges, high schools sail for roses
Rich Roberts,
Rose Bowl Regatta - Top colleges, high schools sail for roses at L.B. - It's the 26th annual Rose Bowl Regatta, hosted by the University of Southern California Sailing Team, which is not affected by NCAA post-season sanctions imposed on the football team. The event is organized by the US Sailing Center of Long Beach and based at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.... [more]
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29er Worlds Day 2 - Tied at the top
Jerelyn Biehl,
The return to Club Nautico Mar del Plata was hectic with a rescue underway at the harbor entrance causing the sailors a delay in returning to shore. Racing continues on Wednesday, January 5 with one more day of the qualifying series followed by three days of the final series.... [more]
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A Class Australian Championships Day 2 - Cream Rises to the top
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
A-Class Catamaran Australian Championships. perfect conditions for day 2 of the Nationals. The first race of the day was underway after one general recall. On the second start the sailors were more respectful and PRO Stacey Brown sent them away.... [more]
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Two Gates Invitational - Long Beach Yacht Club host to 2011 event
Rick Roberts,
2011 Two Gates Invitational. This Sunday, Jan. 9, Long Beach Yacht Club will host our traditional Two Gates Invitational to kick off the new year!... [more]
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Taylor Canfield hired to be CMRC Sailing Manager
Dobbs Davis,
The Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) is pleased to announce that intercollegiate match race talent Taylor Canfield has been hired to be the Sailing Manager of CMRC for its daily operations in the upcoming 2011 season. Canfield is currently a senior at Boston College and will start in this position after graduating in May. Canfield currently ranks 31st in the ISAF World Match Race Ranking List.... [more]
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Amazing Australian A Cat titles - The New Kids did well on Day One
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
It is certainly the strongest ever with an exciting bunch of ‘newbies' - America's Cup Dean Barker helmsman of Emirates Team New Zealand, a number of team members from Artemis, William Howden Great Britain Tornado Sailor and Extreme 40 specialist, Tornado dual Olympic Silver medallist Darren Bundock and seven times Tornado World Champion and back to join the A Class Mitch Booth, who as a feather... [more]
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Sailing of another era on Lake Geneva
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Now that the racing boats are ashore for the winter, it gives me the opportunity to talk about the old sailing barges that were used on the lake in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of those still exist and a group of enthusiastic sailors have built a replica called La Demoiselle which is now one of the biggest sailing craft in Switzerland.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 – Who is who in the Zoo
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Sail-World.com will be on the water for both the 2011 Zhik Moth Australian titles and the Zhik Moths Worlds- here we present, with the help of Pat Langley from the Zhik Moths Media centre, our Sail-World form guide on the big guns from the 115 boat fleet.... [more]
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A Cats lead small Cat development says seven times World Champion
Rob Kothe,
With the switch to Multihulls for the America's Cup, the focus has swung to multihull development at both big boat and small boat level. Australia's Glenn Ashby, who was the BMW Oracle sailing coach for the 33rd America's Cup in Valencia and is the six times A Cat World Champion talks about recent developments in the A Cat class ahead of the star studded Australian Nationals, which begin today... [more]
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