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 17 Jan 2011
 


Just about all the sailing that matters is happening down under right now - if its not in Oz, its in Nz, AC45, Musto skiffs, Moths, Etchells, Dragons - the centre of the sailing universe.

At Sail-World.com we are proud of the team effort this month, we've provided easily the most detailed coverage of any sailing news source world-wide on all the key events and we have lots more feature content to come.

While magazines are pleased to run feature stories of 2000-3000 words, from the really big event, a quick calculation shows our Moth Worlds content for instance, by the time its finished, and there is a fair way to go will run to 8,000 words, a dozen video clips and 100 images.

No ones fault, they are trying hard but its impossible for the magazines to compete with that and that is why they are fading so fast.

I am writing this, while drinking coffee at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.

We are 24x7 - Our European, Australian, NZ and Asian editors are on line. The UK is having an early coffee. The North American's are tucked up in bed.

We will be up at Docklands later this week and then back down here for Audi Victoria Week providing all the detailed news.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team




Two World titles for young British sailor in Broo Musto Skiff Worlds
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Young British sailor, Daniel Henderson (21) has scored the double in the Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff World Championships, sailed from the Black Rock Yacht Club on Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. After 11 of the 12 races sailed, Henderson won the World title and the Youth title backing up compatriot Lawrie Smith, who yesterday won the World Dragon Championships, from the Royal Bright... [more]
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Manly 16ft Skiff Group seeks Sail Training Principal
Jackie Damiani,
A unique opportunity exists for a dedicated professional to be involved in the creation, implementation and management of a Skiff Training Centre for both Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club and St George Sailing Club.... [more]
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RS100 - USA Boat of the Year winner - selling fast in Australia
Michael Weiss,
Its seems Australian sailors had already figured that the British built RS100 dinghywas hot property before the US Sailing World magazine announced the winners of its 25th annual Boat of the Year awards, the most anticipated awards in the sailboat-building industry... [more]
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America's Cup: More images from AC45 prototype's first sail
Gilles Martin-Raget,
More images from top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the first sail of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco. The yacht is... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 hits 20kts on maiden sail on Hauraki Gulf
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the first sail of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more]
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Australian 16ft Skiff Championship to George's River boat
Megan Bridge,
'Brydens Compensation Lawyers' sailed by Lee Knapton, Peter Mackie and Ricky Bridge from Georges River Club in Sydney are the 2010-2011 Australian 16ft Skiff Champions.... [more]
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America's Cup World Series 2011-2012 has new Cat class centerpiece
Jane Eagleson,
America's Cup future was showcased by Auckland's Viaduct Harbour with the debut of the wing-sailed AC45 catamaran. The forerunner to the next generation of America's Cup boats, the AC45 made its maiden voyage, the first of many sea trials planned over the coming weeks.... [more]
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Dragon Worlds images by John Curnow
John Curnow,
John Curnow images from the Dragon World Championships in Melbourne... [more]
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International Optimist Australian Championship images by Howard Wright
Howard Wright. IMAGE Professional Photography,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography presents this gallery of images captured at the 2011 International Optimist Australian Championship... [more]
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Optimist Nationals 2011 win to WA's Chris Charlwood ‘C Dog'
Damian Devine,
14 year old West Australian Chris Charlwood has been crowned the 2011 Optimist National Open fleet Champion with a victory in the final race to claim a narrow one point victory over defending champion Nia Jerwood after another frustrating and fickle day on Pittwater that saw just one race completed in the Open fleet.... [more]
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Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff Worlds - Final Day
Paul Manning,
The Port Phillip Bay seabreeze, for which Melbourne is renowned, stayed away today until after the Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff Worlds, and then it came in and played with a vengeance. Following a brief postponement ashore, the AP flag was lowered at 11:30 and the competitors launched into an 8 knot southerly breeze. Race 10 was general recalled at 12:32 with the wind at 190 degr... [more]
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BYC Pennants - yachts battle strong winds on Derwent and Storm Bay
Peter Campbell,
Strong north to north-westerley winds that at times gusted to gale force gave yachtsmen a tough sail in Bellerive Yacht Club's distance pennant race on Saturday, dismasting one boat and damaging several others.... [more]
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Optimist Nationals 2011- WA's Chris Charlwood ‘C Dog' wins
Damian Devine,
14 year old West Australian Chris Charlwood has been crowned the 2011 Optimist National Open fleet Champion with a victory in the final race to claim a narrow one point victory over defending champion Nia Jerwood after another frustrating and fickle day on Pittwater that saw just one race completed in the Open fleet... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiff Championship - Race 2
Frank Quealey,
Defending champion Seve Jarvin and his Gotta Love It 7 crew of Sam Newton and Scott Babbage came back strongly after a disastrous Race 1 to take out the second race of the Australian 18ft Skiff Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of the AC45 launch in Auckland
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 launched in Auckland
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco... [more]
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Dragon Worlds: How the last race unfolded
Stavros,
As the boats lined up for the start of the final race of the Championship on a Black Flag, many interested onlookers were surprised not to see UKR 7 'all over GBR 751 like a rash' as by stopping Lawrie, Tim and Ossie from having a good start, Markus could have guaranteed victory........ But such was the respect that the German Sailor has for his British counterpart, the predicted engagement never eme... [more]
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Australian Flying 11 Titles 2011 - over 100 entries
David Price,
It's an old cliché but - 'out with the old and in with the new'. This week a phenomenal two hundred and four Flying 11 sailors will contest their 2011 national titles in the wake of the Moth's World Championship of which the majority of their top gun contenders this week, including the podium winners Outteridge, Turner and Babbage were all not-so-distant champion graduates of the Flying 11 class.... [more]
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America's Cup: Principal Race Officer named
America's Cup Media,
America's Cup Regatta Management have announced that John Craig (USA) has been appointed Principal Race Officer of the 34th America's Cup. A native Californian, and a resident of San Francisco, Craig will be responsible for conducting the races of the America's Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America's Cup Finals.... [more]
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Broo Premium Lager Musto Performance Skiff Worlds - blue skies return
Paul Manning,
Following a postponment ashore, the first start of race 8 got under way at 13:30 in 6-8knots from 170 degrees. This was promptly general recalled by the race management team and the fleet returned to try again.... [more]
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Optimist Nationals 2011 - slow day on Pittwater -Day four
Damian Devine,
After a lay day yesterday, the competition returned today for day four of the 2011 International Optimist Australian Championships on Pittwater, with an overcast day and benign conditions the order of the day at the host club, the RPAYC. Unfortunately for the Open fleet the wind wasn't as enthusiastic as the competitors, with the forecasted North Easter failing to eventuate and only one race was c... [more]
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America's Cup AC45 arrives in Auckland for launch - The Assembly
Gilles Martin-Raget,
Top international photographer, Gilles Martin-Raget, was on hand to capture the assembly of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race in the pits
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race ship Foncia were first to arrive in Recife, Brasil last night at between 2330hrs and midnight UTC and, according to reports, was on to the crane straight away ready to examine closely and then make the repairs to their sacrificial bow section.... [more]
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America's Cup skipper John Bertrand wins Australian Etchells title
Etchells Australian Championship 2011 Media,
Brilliant sunshine and seven knots of breeze greeted competitors on the final day of the Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship, being sailed from the Royal Geelong Yacht Club. America's Cup skipper John Bertrand has won the Australian Etchells Championship for the fifth time.... [more]
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Int Dragon Worlds: Sunshine, winners and results in 2011 Worlds.
John Curnow,
Against most weather predictions, the final day of racing in the 2011 International Dragon World Championship started with glorious sunshine and by mid-morning, a consistent, if gentle Southerly breeze began to make it's way up Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship - Top ten images from Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds images,
Geelong photographer Teri Dodds has sent this gallery of her favourite action shots of the week. The Etchells Australian Championship took place on the waters of Corio Bay, Geelong and was hosted by the Royal Geelong Yacht Club.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship final day images by Teri Dodds
Teri Dodds images,
Photographer Teri Dodds has supplied this collection of images from the final day of the Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship... [more]
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GBR's Lawrie Smith takes Dragon World title by closest of margins
John Curnow,
Apparently, not since 1978, when he was sailing a Fireball, has Britain's Lawrie Smith won a World Championship. Today on Melbourne's Port Phillip, the sun came out finally with enough of a Southerly breeze and the crews were very much ready for the last on-water action of their World Championship. It is little surprise then that there was no one taking bets on whether there would be a clean st... [more]
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Melges 24 NSW States - Clean sweep as Rooklyn Romps it in
Tracey Walters,
On Tuesday afternoon Warwick Rooklyn stepped off the plane from Argentina where he was coaching his son in the 29er Worlds. Obviously, jetlag was no hurdle when he went out Thursday and Friday and won five out of the six races.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship images by Teri Dodds
Al Constable,
Images from the Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship 2011 is presented by photographer Teri Dodds. Her family have been sailing the waters of Corio Bay since she was a toddler, and have been members of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club since the early ‘70s.... [more]
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Offshore Racing Congress 2011 rules now available
ORC Press,
Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) is pleased to announce the following 2011 ORC rules are available for download from the ORC website: the International Measurement System (IMS), the ORC Rating Rules systems, and the ORC 'Green Book' of Championship rules and ORC Class guidelines... [more]
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2011 New Zealand Laser Nationals - Ready to Roll
Nick Page,
The NZ Laser National Championships, to be sailed off Torbay on Auckland's North Shore from 22nd to 24th January, is shaping up as an epic contest. With over 160 entries to date and more coming in daily it will be the largest Laser national contest ever held in NZ.... [more]
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ISAF WMRT 2011- Deadline Approaching for Tour Card holder applications
World Match Racing Tour,
ISAF World Match Racing Tour 2011 - The world's leading match racers have until 5pm (GMT) on Monday 17th January to make final preparations to applications for a Tour Card on the 2011 ISAF World Match Racing Tour (WMRT).... [more]
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GLYC Easter Regatta and Paynesville Rendezvous
Samuel Watson,
The Trailable Yacht Division of Yachting Victoria and the Gippsland Lakes Yacht Club are proud to announce a new event on the 2011 trailable calendar; the GLYC Easter Regatta and Paynesville Rendezvous.... [more]
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ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships - Bids invited
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) invites bids from parties interested in hosting future editions of the ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championships.... [more]
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Moth Worlds images from Howard Wright
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography,
Howard Wright, IMAGE Professional Photography, presents this gallery of images from the Moth World Championship.... [more]
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International Dragons – Golden Girl returns from 1956
John Curnow,
After 55 years, the 1956 Olympic Gold Medal winning International Dragon, now known as Galejan II, but still with her original S(WE) 194 Sail Number, has made a return to Melbourne.... [more]
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12ft Skiff Interdominions - Dimension Polyant defends title
Di Pearson,
Nick Press and Brad Yabsley from Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club have successfully defended their 2010 Interdominion title, sailing Dimension Polyant to a convincing win in the final race win at the 2011 SLAM 12ft Skiff Interdominion hosted by Lane Cove 12ft Skiff Sailing Club this afternoon.... [more]
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J24 Nationals Day 3
J24 Nationals,
J24 Nationals day 3 started with similar conditions to the last 2 days and race 7 saw a fine downwind tustle between Sean Wallis on Lunatic Asylum and Neville Wittey on Sailpac on the last leg – with Sean Wallis just taking the honours by centimetres. Sean Kirkjian followed with third on Death Star.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds - Outteridge wins on home pond
Lizzi Roundtree,
Hugs and Champagne welcomed the newest Moth World Champion Nathan Outteridge (AUS). Samantha England (AUS) beat out American Lindsay Bergan by one point for the title of leading lady at 47th and 48th place.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds Video Highlights - Fast and furious action
Moth Worlds,
Video of the action on Lake Macquarie at the Zhik Moth Worlds 2011.... [more]
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Nathan Outteridge new Moth World Champion
Moth Worlds,
Newsflash - Australia's Nathan Outteridge has won the Moth World Championship on Lake Macquarie, NSW.... [more]
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Etchells Australian Championship: World Champion John Bertrand leads
Etchells Australian Championship 2011 Media,
Race 5 of the series was set as a two lap race, with 1.8 mile leg lengths. The Race Committee sent the fleet up the bay towards Corio Quay today, avoiding the shipping lanes. Three boats were over early and deemed OCS. Race 6 was completed and tomorrow is the final day of the Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2010 - Reichel/Pugh Designs take top spots
Reichel Pugh Yacht Design, Inc,
Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 2010 - Congratulations to the crews of Secret Men's Buisness 3.5 and Wild Oats XI for their brilliant success on winning what has been touted as one of the toughest Sydney-Hobarts in recent years... [more]
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Images from Broo Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds - Day 3 - afternoon races
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera was out on the water for the action in the second and third races of Day 3 of the Broo Musto Skiff Worlds. Please excuse the rain and the murk... [more]
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International Dragons – The winner is?
John Curnow,
Rain was nearly the most significant feature of Day Four at the 2011 International Dragons World Championships. It was around for most of the day, ranging from mere drizzle to tropical downpour.... [more]
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America's Cup AC45 arrives in Auckland for launch - First Pictures
Chris Cameron,
Top international photographer, Chris Cameron, was on hand to capture the arrival of the prototype AC45 in Auckland's Viaduct Harbour. The AC45 is the forerunner to the AC72 which will be used in the 34th America's Cup. The 45ft long yacht will feature a wingsail, the same as the larger 72ft yacht to be used in the September 2013 Match in San Francisco.... [more]
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Musto Performance Skiff Worlds Day 3 - Aussie leads
Paul Manning,
Race 5 - Following a short postponment, race 5 of the Broo Beer Musto Performance Skiff World Championships started at 11:05 with the breeze at between 010 and 020 and 10-12knots.... [more]
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Zhik Moth Worlds 2011 Finals Race 5 - Absolute Carnage everywhere
Lizzi Rountree,
It's the battle of the breeze as the steady 24 knot East-Northeasterly tore down the racecourse, with max gusts recorded during the first (and only race so far) at 27 knots. With Silver Fleet postponed on shore, Gold Fleet danced the 'You Launch First, Mate' before the daunting trek to the start line.... [more]
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Optimist Nationals 2011 Teams Race Day - Team WA victory
Damian Devine,
Thomas Blaauw, Chris Charlwood, Jayden Prosser, Nia Jerwood and Alastair Young from 'Team WA' are the Nationals Teams champions after defeating Team ‘Victoria B' in the final of the teams racing as part of Day Three of the 2011 International Optimist Australian Championships, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport. Team WA won all their four races.... [more]
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Images from Broo Premium Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds - Day 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera was out on the water for the action first race of Day 3 of the Broo Premium Lager Musto HP Skiff Worlds. Two more races were sailed later in the day. Please excuse the rain and the murk... [more]
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Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship: Barry on a roll
Etchells Australian Championship Media,
In ten to twelve knots of building breeze, the Race Committee set the course at 0.85, with a leg length of 1.95 nautical miles, on the western side of the Channel, near the refinery.... [more]
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Surf to City Yacht Race Postponed
Nigel Statham,
Due to the flood tragedy in Queensland's south east, Queensland Cruising Yacht Club has decided to postpone the 2011 Surf to City Yacht Race.... [more]
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Broo Musto Skiff Worlds, Melbourne - Photo Action from Teri Dodds
Sail-World.com,
Broo Premium Lager Musto Skiff Worlds, Melbourne - Photo Action from Geelong yachting photographer Teri Dodds You will find more of these great images at www.teridodds.com... [more]
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Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Aust Championship Day 3 – Driving rain
Etchells Australian Championship 2011 Media,
Rex Gorell Prestige Etchells Australian Championship Day 3 and the driving rain and consequential poor visibility on Corio Bay, Geelong has forced Principal Race officer Greg Sinclair to hold the Etchells fleet ashore so far today.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Sydney Roundup - Dont forget to log-off
Simon Denneen,
Terrey Hills Unit Roundup – 29 December 2010 to 12 January 2011 - Three skippers had an embarrassing end to their day on the water between Christmas and the New Year when they forgot to log-off at the end of the day. Despite attempting to contact each vessel by radio, mobile phone and land line radio operators at Marine Rescue Terrey Hills were unable to make contact.... [more]
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The American Tea Cup Regatta - where it all began
Rob Kothe,
As sailing tries to broaden its base, the most desirable Olympic boats for the new and developing sailing nations are the single person boats, one-designs which are relatively inexpensive to build, the Laser and the windsurfer.... [more]
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Musto Skiff Worlds images from John Curnow
John Curnow,
John Curnow was at the Musto Skiff Worlds at Black Rock in Victoria... [more]
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Luna Rossa gear up for Extreme 40 circuit
Team Luna Rossa Media,
Team Luna Rossa has annnounced that they have started to prepare for the 2011 'Extreme Sailing Series', the championship designed for Extreme 40' class catamarans. The Extreme Sailing Series is one of the most challenging and spectacular circuits in world-class professional sailing; its 9 international events calendar spans over the entire year 2011, starting on Feb 20th in Muscat, Oman, with a f... [more]
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Bunbury and Return Ocean Race - Cyclone adds spice to race
Laurie Flynne,
The anticipated strong southerly conditions for this weekend's Bunbury and Return Ocean Race have been thrown into doubt by Tropical Cyclone Vince off the north-west coast of Western Australia. Whilst the cyclone is unlikely to directly affect the fleet, the influence of the big rotating storm has driven weather forecasters and navigators back to the drawing board as crews plan for the race.... [more]
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Australian 18 footer Championships - Gotta Love It 7 comes to Grief
Simon Brown,
Race favorite Gotta Love it 7 misses out... Coming to grief with the committee boat in the first race of the Australian 18 footer Championships.... [more]
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