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 11 Feb 2011
 


Amazing that 200,000 Lasers have been sold in the last 40 years. Designer Bruce Kirby has told us more of the early days .... an interesting read. Now boats plated 200,1500 and above are available down under.

More news from the Hardy's Cup and a great mid-week twilight in Hobart.

The Sail-World Team



Laser - Most popular sailing boat in world, 200,000 + and Prices Down
Rob Kothe,
The Laser has climbed past the 200,000 boat mark. And even better news with new Laser prices dropping as volumes continue to climb. Chris Caldecoat, the CEO of Australasian Laser builder Performance Sailcraft Australia has announced that the first of the new 200,000 plaques have arrived and boats starting from 201500 are available for immediate delivery.... [more]
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America's Cup: Two Asian teams checking out possible entry
America's Cup Media,
Two prospective teams from Asia were in Auckland for the launch of the AC45 on Tuesday. By way of contrast to the secrecy that has surrounded the teams pre-entry, to date, one group representing Chinese interests were happy to be photographed and sailed on the AC45 on Thursday. We also feature a new video looking back on the AC45 sea trials and featuring on-board footage has just been released by... [more]
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Vicsail 'Must sell' listings
Vicsail,
Vicsail has the following yachts currently for sale with reduced asking prices; all are open to reasonable offers and will take action on current interest.... [more]
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Farr 40 World Championships 2011 – Boats and crew – some famous names
Sail-World,
2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championships will start February 23rd -26th. The Australian Summer Sprint Series scheduled for February 12-13, will be followed by the Australian titles from February 18-20th. Australian, Sail-World will be covering the event in detail.... [more]
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Lewmar Limited - EVO winch retail promotion
Emma White,
Lewmar Ltd - For a limited period, Lewmar are offering a free award-winning OneTouch winch handle with every EVO winch purchased at participating retailers.... [more]
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Two Australian crews at the top of World Sailing Rankings
Craig Heydon,
Three-time Laser World Champion Tom Slingsby woke up this morning expecting to have dropped a couple of positions as his two closest rivals, Paul Goodison and Nick Thompson of Great Britain, competed at the recent ISAF Sailing World Cup round while he remained in Australia to train.... [more]
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Record fleet of 133 boats for Bellerive twilight
Peter Campbell,
Hobart's River Derwent was awash with sails last night when a fleet of 133 yachts took part in Bellerive Yacht Club's Wednesday evening twilight races.... [more]
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Operation Blue Water this weekend in NSW
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers will target offshore boating safety this weekend with Operation Blue Water. NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers will conduct on-spot-safety checks with a particular emphasis on lifejacket compliance. NSW Maritime's bar webcams can be viewed at http://www.maritime.nsw.gov.au/webcams/web-cam.html... [more]
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85th Bruny Island Yacht Race preview
Peter Campbell,
85th Bruny Island Race, the 89 nautical mile circumnavigation of the island south of Hobart, starts tomorrow (Saturday, 12 February 2011). First conducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in 1898 over the same course, the Bruny Island Race can lay claim to being the oldest, still sailed offshore yacht race in Australia.... [more]
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PDYC hosts Blockbuster Weekend 2011
David Allan,
Blockbuster Weekend 2011 was once again staged on the Tamar River, Beauty Point, Tasmania. This year's event, being the 11th year of running, was one of Tasmania's largest multi class sailing regattas, sporting Laser, NS14, Formula Windsurfer and B14 Classes. The Blockbuster race format promotes close competition and action, with rolling back to back starts across two short courses... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans—Gutek reclaims second as battle with Hatfield heightens
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Polish ocean racer Zbigniew ‘Gutek' Gutkowski and Operon Racing have reclaimed second place after it was snatched from him by race rival Derek Hatfield in the third sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans.... [more]
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FMJ Racing wins 2011 Hardy cup, 3-nil in the Finals
FMJ Racing Media,
Full Metal Jacket Racing report in the just concluded Hardy Cup: FMJ Racing wins 2011 Hardy cup, 3-nil in the Finals against Evan Walker. Today was the finals of the 2011 Hardy cup, as we had finished first in the two round robins we got the opportunity to choose our semi final opponent.... [more]
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2011 Sabot Development Camp at Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club
Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club,
The 2011 Sabot Development Live in Camp will be held at Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club from the 1st April. The weekend live in Camp, developed by NYRC Sailing Coordinator Paul Blundell, is now in its third year and has again been adopted by Yachting Queensland as part of the Identification and Development Pathway Program.... [more]
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Hardy Cup 2011 - Will Tiller steers Kiwis to victory
Peter Campbell,
Three 21-year-old sailors from Auckland's Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron today outsailed their Australian opposition to regain the prestigious Hardy Cup ISAF 3, under 25 match racing event on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Cairns Marlin Marina untouched by Cyclone Yasi
Michael Barnett,
Cairns Marlin Marina is open for business and fully functional after Cyclone Yasi vented its wrath on Far North Queensland last week. The Marina is part of Cairns and the surrounding area that is fully open for business having weathered the storm and returned to blue skies and tropical breezes.... [more]
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ISAF Nations Cup Europe II Regional Final - Two Irish teams
ISAF,
ISA has announced two teams have been selected to represent Ireland in the ISAF Nations Cup Europe II Regional Final. ISA the teams are Sam Hunt from Kinsale in the Open division and Laura Dillon from Howth in the Women's division.... [more]
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ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 9 February 2011
ISAF,
The ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 9 February 2011 have been released. The next release of the ISAF World Sailing Rankings will be on 23 March 2011.... [more]
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America's Cup: Peyron brothers behind the latest Challenger
America's Cup Media,
Energy Team, the new French challenge set up around Bruno and Loïck Peyron, has been officially registered for the 34th America's Cup since 27th January 2011. It is the sixth Challenger aiming to grab the silver ewer. Energy Team backed by the Yacht Club de France and they were announced as a Challenging Club, last week. They are the seventh team entered the 34th America's Cup to be staged in S... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - First Open 70 measurement test for Camper video
Lucy Harwood,
Volvo Ocean Race - It was a big day on site for Camper and Emirates Team New Zealand when Volvo's chief measurer arrived to perform the first Volvo Open 70 measurement test.... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW signs up 3,000th volunteer
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Glenn Finniss announced the recruitment of the organisation's 3,000th member. The NSW boating public can take comfort that there is such a large group of people whose sole intent is their safety on our state's waterways.... [more]
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WA Sharpie Class State Championships Febuary 12th and 13th
Rhyss Edwards,
Mounts Bay Sailing Club is hosting the annual Sharpie class state championships on the 12th and 13th of February. The iconic three man dinghy which was first sailed in the 60's is still surviving today with nearly 30 entries into the championships coming from as far as Busselton to contest.... [more]
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Hardy Cup 2011 - Trans Tasman finals battle
Peter Campbell,
The Hardy Cup under 25 youth match racing regatta on Sydney Harbour will once again see four of the most talented young helmsmen from Australia and New Zealand competing against each other in the finals tomorrow.... [more]
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ORMA60 drops rig at 25kts while chased by AC45 in Auckland
Richard Gladwell,
The ORMA60 TVS dropped her wing mast rig in the early stages of a Wednesday evening race, on Auckland's Waitemata harbour. The trimaran was reported to be flying two hulls and travelling at over 25kts when a shroud gave way.... [more]
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Burke Marine releases New Evolution Smock
colin burgess,
The Burke Marine EVO One Design Smock is the latest addition to their high performance One Design Range, developed for the Dinghy, Sports Boat and One Design enthusiasts alike.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011 – from Nongsa to Zero to Hero
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The concept was simple enough – a race to the equator and back. Heck, it's only 72 nm from Singapore as the crow flies. Or 83 nm through the islands of the Riau Archipelago, starting at Nongsa Point Marina. How hard can it be? Well, quite hard actually. There are no support facilities of any sort, let alone a marina, on the islands near the equator - it's a real challenge.... [more]
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Kieler Woche NOR posted
Farr 30 International One Design Class,
Kieler Woche, Farr 30 Europe - The biggest sailing event of the year cast its shadows ahead! The sailors can now study the Notice of Race and read up on the event.... [more]
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America's Cup: A Day of Celebration for the AC45
America's Cup Media,
With its technical shakedown now complete, it was handover day for the new AC45 wing-sailed catamaran, marking the beginning of the next era of the America's Cup. America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) will now manage the logistics, care and maintenance of the prototype as competitors test the boat over the coming weeks. The AC45 is the forerunner to the larger AC72, which will be used in the 34th A... [more]
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Marina design questioned after Cyclone Yasi destroys $30m in yachts
Lee Mylchreest,
Marina design has come under the spotlight following Australia's Cyclone Yasi. Floating pontoons in Port Hinchinbrook marina simply floated off the top of the pylons, releasing the yachts to be washed onto the shore and destroyed. This is the claim being made by some owners who lost their boats in the cyclone.... [more]
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Melges 24 World Championship 2013 San Francisco - Dates announced
Fiona Brown,
Melges 24 Worlds - The International Melges 24 Class Association and The San Francisco Yacht Club are pleased to announce that the 2013 Melges 24 World Championship will be hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club.... [more]
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Hardy Cup 2011 - Evan Walker fights back
Peter Campbell,
Australian match racing champion Evan Walker this afternoon fought back with four straight wins in the second round-robin of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's prestigious Hardy Cup ISAF grade three, under 25 match racing regatta.... [more]
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Variety Splash wins at Audi Victoria Week
Jav Greaves,
Variety Splash gears up for its fourth annual rally to be held from Thursday 24th February to Sunday 27th February 2011 on Port Philip, Melbourne. ‘Splashers' are celebrating another recent win on water at Audi Victoria Week 2011.... [more]
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America's Cup: Launch the of the prototype AC45 - Video
Richard Gladwell,
The prototype AC 45 was launched in calm conditions this morning at Auckland's Viaduct Harbour after being blessed. This video shows the quick lift and launch process with the AC45 slung by the top of her mast from a 'sky hook'. Midway through the video we can see the hook-loop being dropped from the top of the mast, once the boat is afloat.... [more]
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America's Cup: Jimmy Spithill and the NZL Sailing Team - AC45 launch
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup winner Jimmy Spithill was on stage this morning at the Viaduct Harbour for the launch and blessing of the AC45 prototype. The spot on which he was standing was not too far away from where his America's Cup career began as a 20year old, aboard the Young Australia, which was berthed on the opposite side of the harbour... [more]
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America's Cup: Iain Murray speaks at AC45 launch - Video
Richard Gladwell,
America's Cup Regatta Director, Iain Murray, was in Auckland for the blessing and launch of the AC45 prototype, which was handed over to his group America's Cup Regatta Management, late last week. In this video of his address, he recalls the first time he sailed in Auckland and pays tribute to the people behind the AC45.... [more]
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America's Cup: Video Interview - Bruno Trouble
Richard Gladwell,
Bruno Trouble, frontman for longtime America's Cup sponsor Louis Vuitton, has a long history with the America's Cup. Now a new chapter in the America's Cup has opened and Richard Gladwell, Sail-World New Zealand's Editor caught up with 'Big Trouble' at the launch of the prototype AC45 at Auckland's Viaduct harbour this morning.... [more]
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Northbridge Sailing Club Teams Racing
Michael Chittenden,
Last Sunday Northbridge Sailing Club had its first attempt at Teams Racing. We had perfect weather, and everyone from the very young, to the not so young had a fantastic day on the water. It was such a great opportunity for mums and dads to sail with their children, and for friends who would normally be sailing against one another to sail as a team.... [more]
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America's Cup: Bob Fisher reflects - Video Interview
Richard Gladwell,
Top international yachting journalist and America's Cup commentator, Bob Fisher, was at the blessing and launch of the prototype AC45 in Auckland this morning and took the time out to reflect on the early days of wingsails on catamarans, the AC45's and AC72's... [more]
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America's Cup AC45 technical shakedown complete
Stephanie Martin,
AC45 technical shakedown is now complete, and with that it is handover day for the new wing-sailed catamaran, marking the beginning of the next era of the America's Cup. America's Cup Race Management (ACRM) will now manage the logistics, care and maintenance of the prototype as competitors test the boat over the coming weeks.... [more]
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Tacktick Micro Compass becomes legal for Cadet class
Sarah Johnson,
Tacktick's Micro Compass will be used by the International Cadet Class Association after they voted to accept the use of electronic compasses in their class rules.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011 - what does it take to lose a second?
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Two windward-leeward races for the IRC Racing boats, a welcome home for the PY Cruisers, and best news of all, a welcome amendment to SIs in the form of a 1400 hrs start for the cans racing. Sailors were grateful – yesterday had been long, very long.... [more]
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'The Big Shout' at Bellerive Yacht Club
Peter Campbell,
Bellerive Yacht Club - The largest fleet of keelboats to race on the River Derwent in many years is expected to line up for Bellerive Yacht Club's weekly Lewis Marine/Nautilus Marine Twilight Race.... [more]
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