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 14 Feb 2011
 


Some serious owners and serious talent at the upcoming Farr 40 Worlds - and the Aussies are keen to do well. One comment today made us smile, Martin and Lisa Hill have gone for 'youth' on their boat - Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge - hardly a talent compromise.

Going to be a great regatta... Sail-World will bring you the news if you can't be at the top mark.

The Pryde Sailing Laser Masters are being sailed at Port Stephens at the moment 180 boats, not bad for the old guys and gals.

Lots more Australian news today.

Rob Kothe and the team.



Rolex Farr 40 World Championships - -Count Down begins
Lisa Ratcliff,
Farr 40 Worlds 2011- The standard of competition warming up for the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship 2011 is as good as it gets with world class helmsmen, A-list tacticians and rock star status crew joining Corinthians with their own ammunition as the countdown to the four day world championship begins.... [more]
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2011 Australian Laser Masters Nationals - Day Two
Laura Baldwin,
The picturesque beauty of Port Stephens Bay was masked by drizzle on the second day of the 2011 Australian Laser Masters Championship but the grey day didn't take away from any of the fun and enjoyment on the water for the 180 racers.... [more]
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Pryde Sailing 2011 Australian Laser Masters Nationals - Day Three
Laura Baldwin,
The sun didn't shine but the action still sparkled on day three of the 2011 Australian Laser Masters Championship. Many disqualifications for false starts were awarded today as sailors push the limits to gain an advantage as the competition heats up. The winds were shifty and gusty, ranging in strength from 8 – 18 knots.... [more]
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Action Video: ORMA60 drops rig at 25kts while chased by AC45
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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Farr 40 Worlds 2011 - Summer Sprint Series used for practice
Sam Crichton,
Ahead of the 2011 World Championships - Sixteen Farr 40 teams spent the weekend racing on Sydney harbour in the Sound area and offshore on the Macquarie Circle course. After five long races, with a different winner for each, the winner of the regatta was Lisa and Martin Hills Estate Master.... [more]
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Romance and racing in the air!
RQYS Sailing Media Team,
Cupid scattered his love dust over 44 sailors in the annual Romantic Racing regatta hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) in absolutely perfect conditions on Waterloo Bay on Brisbane's east side.... [more]
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Harken Match Racing: Images from Day 3
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World was on the water today, capturing these images of the Harken Match Racing Series, staged off Westhaven by the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, using the new Elliott 7 fleet.... [more]
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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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Australian 18ft Skiffs Australian Championship, race 12
Frank Quealey,
Two great 18ft Skiff crews provided spectators with a wonderful race as they battled the 20-knot southerly winds in Race 12 of the Australian 18 Footers League Club Championship on Sydney Harbour today.... [more]
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Bruny Island Race victory to Intrigue
Peter Campbell,
Bruny Island Race - Twenty-six years ago, Hobart yachtsman Don Calvert won his first Bruny Island Race with his newly launched Intrigue, in the lead-up to becoming the only Tasmanian skipper, crew and boat to represent Australia in the famous Admiral's Cup offshore racing series in England.... [more]
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Harken Match Racing: Two Aussies and two Kiwis into the Semi Finals
Sara Roberts,
Two Aussies and two Kiwis are into the Semi Finals at the 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships. Kiwi David Hazard representing the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron added another 5 wins today and with a total of 11 wins overall is 1 point clear of the other semi finalists. Australians Jay Griffin and Jordan Reece along with Wellington's Josh Porebski... [more]
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Milson Memorial Race - Clitheroe gets the right balance
Peter Campbell,
Milson Memorial Race - Each year the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron conducts two prestigious short ocean races for historic trophies, the Gascoigne Cup and the Milson Memorial Cup – and Paul Clitheroe has won them both this season.... [more]
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85th Bruny Island Race close finish
Peter Campbell,
85th Bruny Island Race - Less than three minutes separated The Fork in the Road and Helsal 3 when they crossed the finish line of the 85th Bruny Island Race early this morning after a slow circumnavigation of the island south of Hobart.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Half way there? Or half way home? Or not?
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - It's a theoretical distance, but 25,000 miles is the published course distance. And this evening Jean-Pierre Dick and Loick Peyron have 12,487.3 miles to sail to the finish. Call it half way? Well, in one theory, but bear in mind we are at day 43 and the race record is nearly 93 days.... [more]
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America's Cup: AC45 up close
Richard Gladwell,
With the AC45 rigged and out of the water, last Tuesday, and then launched in calm conditions at the Viaduct Harbour, Sail-World took the opportunity to get some close up shots of the AC45 and gear.... [more]
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85th Bruny Island Yacht Race - Slow circumnavigation of the island
Peter Campbell,
The 85th Bruny Island Race is anyone's race, both on line and handicap, with the lead changing hands throughout the day since the 23 boat fleet set sail from off the Royal Hobart Regatta Grounds this morning... [more]
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Harken Match Racing: Griffin, Hazard and Banks lead after Day 1
Sara Roberts,
Australian Jay Griffin and Kiwis David Hazard and Codie Banks are locked together on top of the leader board at the end of Day 1 at the 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships.... [more]
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2011 Australian Laser Masters Nationals
Laura Baldwin,
The conditions for the opening day of the first separate Australian Laser Masters Championship in over 25 years couldn't have been better. The idyllic bay of Port Stephens greeted the 180 boat fleet with clear blue skies and 15-18 knots. In previous years the Masters titles were combined with the Australian Open Laser Championship but numbers where getting too large, limiting venues... [more]
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Harken Match Racing: Aussies and Kiwis lead morning of Day 1
Sara Roberts,
The 2011 Harken Youth International Match Racing Championships has begun with lots of close match racing action on the Waitemata Harbour this morning. The scene is set for some excellent match racing between the eight youth teams. With the excitement of the new Elliott 7's, a fresh 15 knot easterly and flooding tide the air was electric as the boats left the dock this morning.... [more]
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Big day at the 2011 Etchells NSW State Championships
John Curnow,
Sunshine, strong, predominantly Nor'easterly breezes and a good swell greeted the 35-boat fleet in the Thrifty 2011 Etchells NSW State Championships on Friday. Little wonder then that, Paul Gleeson, Rear Commodore of the host venue, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club, commented that it was, ‘A big day at the office!'... [more]
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America's Cup: Second Italian Challenger comes to light
Richard Gladwell,
A second Italian Challenger for the 34th America's Cup has announced that they have selected a club - a very preliminary step to reaching fully fledged and funded Challenger status. In contrast to some other teams who have chosen to be very secretive about their intentions, Venezia Challenge have announced that they have signed an agreement to challenge for the 34th America's Cup... [more]
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Extreme 40: Alinghi launch new boat in Oman, start two boat program
Extreme 40 and Alinghi Media, edited by Sail-World,
The new Alinghi Extreme 40 has been christened by the crew during their pre-season training camp this week in Oman. The team are training for the first Act of the Extreme Sailing Series at The Wave, Muscat in just over a week, where they have been blessed with perfect sailing conditions.... [more]
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Etchells NSW State Championship images by John Curnow
John Curnow,
The Etchells NSW State Championship is underway in the waters off Newcastle and John Curnow sent this gallery of images from today's racing... [more]
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Australian 18ft Skiffs Twilight Race
Frank Quealey,
Simon Nearn, Gerard Smith and Pedro Vozone had to come from behind in De'Longhi-Rabbitohs to take out the Australian 18 Footer League's Twilight Race on Sydney Harbour today... [more]
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Royal Hobart Regatta revival of yachting
Peter Campbell,
Royal Hobart Regatta - This weekend will see a revival of yachting and sailing events on the River Derwent after several years ‘in the doldrums, with the regatta becoming just a huge fun fair ashore.... [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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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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