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 04 Mar 2011
 


A hot new 40 footer, JJ Giltinan, Audi Sydney Harbour regatta, more from our exclusive Freo files, Perth 2011 and more.

If you are in Sydney you could pick up a dinghy bargain this weekend at the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show BTW.

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McConaghy Ker 40 - the next 40-foot performance benchmark?
John Curnow,
Without doubt, 40 feet, is the new everything, as builders aim to serve this burgeoning market with better, faster and more exciting products. The new, high-performance Ker 40 IRC Racing Yacht, manufactured by McConaghy Boats, is definitely one that people have been watching closely... [more]
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America's Cup: New Racing Rules - 'Jimmy, You've got Mail'
Sail-World,
The Racing Rules for the 34th America's Cup have been issued today following months of consultation with the entered teams to ensure spectacular racing in the next edition of sailing's pinnacle event. The rules have been simplified to take into account the significant investment in technology that will improve the experience of watching America's Cup racing.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs JJ Giltinan Championship preview
Frank Quealey,
A fleet of 29 teams, representing USA, UK and New Zealand, as well as Australian crews from NSW, Western Australia and Queensland will contest the Winning Appliances JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship, which begin tomorrow on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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America's Cup: The Freo Files - Heart of America goes home
Sail-World Archives,
Heart of America were one of the character challengers in the 1987 America's Cup, they were headed up by the incredibly successful, hugely respected and universally admired, Buddy Melges all the way from Zenda, Wisconsin. Although they didn't make the Challenger Semi-Finals, Buddy and his team gave it a very serious try, and like most America's Cup Challengers just ran out of time. Here PJ Mo... [more]
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America's Cup: A day in the life of KZ-7
Sail-World Archives,
TVNZ's America's Cup anchor, PJ Montgomery follows the New Zealand America's Cup Challenger KZ-7 as she goes through her daily race routine, today against one of the French challengers. Here he talks to mastman, Jeremy Scantlebury on the nuances of wooling spinnakers, chats with weatherman Bob McDavitt, gets the run-down from tender driver Peter Vandersloot, and then chats with sail-boss Joy Al... [more]
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Breeze predicted for Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta
Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta,
Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta will take place this weekend, March 5-6. Principal race officer Denis Thompson has looked at the wind prediction for the weekend, which could see up to 20 knots of SE breeze, making for an extra busy Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta Maritime Safety alert
Penny Robbins,
Sydney will be a 'city of sails' this weekend with 300 sailboats contesting the annual Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta. 'Every skipper, of every vessel – both racing and non-racing - must observe the rules and regulations for safe navigation' said NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn.... [more]
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Perth 2011 on track to set new records
Richard Palfreyman,
Perth 2011 - The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has so far received 661 entries from 72 nations for the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships in Perth this year.... [more]
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Derek Hatfield finishes Velux 5 Oceans third sprint
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans - Canadian ocean racer Derek Hatfield has finished the third ocean sprint of the Velux 5 Oceans crossing the finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay, at 5.52pm local time (1952 UTC) to take fourth position. Derek completed the leg from Wellington in New Zealand to Punta del Este in 25 days, 18 hours and 22 minutes, just over an hour behind fellow ocean racers... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans photo finish
Velux 5 Oceans,
Velux 5 Oceans skippers Zbigniew Gutkowski (Pol) on Operon Racing and Chris ‘CSM' Stanmore-Major (GB) on Spartan finished the third ocean sprint within 40 seconds of one another.... [more]
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Barcelona World Race - Virbac Paprec 3 past The Horn
Barcelona World Race,
Barcelona World Race - At 1020hrs this Thursday morning Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron on Virbac-Paprec 3 lead the BWR fleet past Cape Horn only four hours and 20 minutes ahead of Spain's double Olympic medalists Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez. With just under 7000 miles to sail to the finish in Barcelona, the lead of Virbac-Paprec 3 was only 72 miles.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day 7 almost but not quite
Andrew Buchanan,
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam update on day 7. Marginal conditions left the slalom fleet teetering on the edge of competition, but ultimately left the standings unchanged on competition's seventh day.... [more]
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Geographe Bay Race Week win to Limit
Bernie Kaaks,
There is now no doubt that Alan Brierty's TP62 Limit will win the Division 1 IRC trophy for Geographe Bay Race Week with another two victories from three races in today's windward and return races. The Next Factor consolidated her position with first, second and third placings, to be best of the rest.... [more]
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World Match Racing Tour - Full time return for Radich
World Match Racing Tour,
With one World Tour Championship already under his belt Denmark's Jesper Radich is confident he can mark his full time return to the World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) after eight years away with a knock-out blow and secure a second Championship... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff Championship tipping competition
Frank Quealey,
Enter the Australian 18 Footers League's 'Pick the Podium' tipping competition. Don't forget: 'It's fun and it's free to enter'.... [more]
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Boat licence testing at Rosehill Trailer Boat Show
Penny Robbins,
Boat licence testing will be available at NSW Maritime's stand at the Rosehill Trailer Boat Show on 5 and 6 March. Customers are also able to pay for renewals online at www.maritime.nsw.gov.au... [more]
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SB3 World Championship 2011 entries hit 120
Katie Ashworth,
Representatives from fourteen nations will compete in the SB3 World Championships at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club, UK. Entries come from as far afield as Australia and South Africa. Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and Russia.... [more]
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IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship 2011
David Staley,
Seven teams from five nations will compete at the IFDS Disabled Sailing International Championship 2011 in Perth, Western Australia, March 19 to 26.... [more]
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Geographe Bay goes light on day 4
Bernie Kaaks,
Geographe Bay Race Week day 4. Simon Minoprio sailed a sublime race as helmsman on Dave Walling's Farr 40 The Next Factor. He picked his gybe points perfectly to keep the boat moving in the light conditions and somehow stayed on the right side of most of the wind shifts.... [more]
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Vietnam PWA Grand Slam Day 6 on hold
PWA,
Vietnam PWA Grand Slam day 6 was on hold as the Mui Ne wind machine takes a break on day six, leaving the race standings unchanged from the previous day.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championship online
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia has launched a new website to bring the Audi IRC Australian Championship to life online. Whether it's news, photos, video or team biographies, the new Audi IRC Australian Championship site will house all the information needed to stay on top of the action both on and off the water.... [more]
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AAkron Inflatables are great but this is ridiculous! + Video
Lloyd Darroch,
Aakron Boats have just released a new 4.2m alloy RIB which features a floodable keel chamber. 'While the concept is not new we didn't realise how good it would work for a light alloy RIB', says Lloyd Darroch. 'Normally such a boat is too light to have a deep V hull. The buoyancy of the V will lift the RIB too far out of the water so it becomes unstable when stationary.... [more]
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Oracle RC44 Cup San Diego a tough podium challenge
RC44,
The RC44 Championship Tour is less than 24 hours from bringing European-style, spectator friendly, short course racing to Broadway Pier and San Diego Bay... [more]
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New Zealand Hobie Nationals 19th and 20th March 2011
David Brookes,
The New Zealand Hobie Nationals will be conducted on the weekend of 19th and 20th March.... [more]
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Lake Eyre Yacht Club - no sailing, says traditional owners
Lee Mylchreest,
One of the most unusual yacht clubs in the world, Australia's Lake Eyre Yacht Club, surrounded by thousands of miles of desert, with water only every few years, is now stopped from sailing by the objections of the traditional owners of the land around the lake. For many years, whenever the Lake has water, yacht owners stream in from all over the world to sail on her, but no more.... [more]
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Audi IRC Australian Championship round two this weekend
Nicole Browne,
Audi IRC Australian Championship - Round two of Australia's only grand prix sailing series, the Audi IRC Australian Championship, will be staged on Sydney Harbour and off Sydney Heads as part of the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta.... [more]
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Rolex Farr 40 World Championship winner Australian Sailing Team patron
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia would like to congratulate Australian Sailing Team Patron Guido Belgiorno-Nettis on winning the 2011 Rolex Farr 40 World Championship in Sydney last weekend.... [more]
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GME heralds the amazing G-Com marine VHF handheld radio
Matthew Heap,
GME, Australia's leading marine electronics company, will shortly broaden their product portfolio with the introduction of the amazing G-Com GX660 marine VHF handheld radio.... [more]
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International 420 Coach Clinic and Development Programme
Tony Mapplebeck,
420 Class is organising a fourth coaching clinic in Europe. Aimed to strengthen coaching capacity and to encourage and sustain youth sailing, this clinic will be led by Jim Saltonstall. Coaches will develop skills, share knowledge and reflect on practice, working with a fleet of 420s and sailors. The seminar will be hosted by the Austrian National Sailing Training Institute at Neusiedl am See, Aus... [more]
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Audi Sydney Harbour regatta promise from Queensland skipper
Ian Grant,
Lauren Calder the Sunshine Coast mother of two and skipper of the Audi Sailing Girls SB3 sports boat racing team has promised to make her presence felt in the Audi Sydney Harbour regatta this weekend.... [more]
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2011 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup win to Gavin Brady
Heather Tackling,
2011 Budget Marine Match Racing Cup and in come-from-behind fashion on the deciding race of the New Zealand ace Gavin Brady defeated Virgin Island legend Peter Holmberg.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race – RORC increase number of places available
Trish Jenkins,
In an effort to absorb the large waiting list for the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Royal Ocean Racing Club have decided to increase the number of places available to IRC yachts by removing the ‘professionally' sailed classes from the 300 entry limit. The Volvo Ocean 70s, Imoca 60s, Class 40s and Multihulls will be counted over and above the previous 300 entry limit... [more]
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JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International - The Holy Grail of Skiff sailing
Simon Brown,
The Australian 18 Footers League Double Bay Sydney is all set to stage the Holy Grail of Skiff Sailing the JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiff International 2011 from Fri 4th to Sun 13th March... [more]
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America's Cup: Images of USA-17's Return Home
Gillles Martin-Raget,
The winner of the 33rd America's Cup, BMW Oracle Racing's USA-17 returned to her home country on Monday, local time. It was her first trip to her home town and port of San Francisco - although she was built an sea-trialled at Anacortes and then taken to San Diego for a final work up. At this stage there are no definite plans her her to sail again.... [more]
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Wild Night Ride on Geographe Bay
Bernie Kaaks,
Yesterday's night race started in a 25 knot south easterly which freshened as the night progressed. Limit put in a scorching spinnaker run shortly after the start, disappearing ahead of the fleet at somewhere in excess of 20 knots.... [more]
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Gottifredi Maffioli – world leader in rope technology now Down Under
Brendan Maxwell,
Carl Watson, a veteran of 15 Sydney Hobart races and many other International and National regattas, is the CEO of a new company on the Australian waterfront ,Projects Marine and the former M.D. at Harken Australia, is one of the leading experts in Australia in hardware selection, winch specification, installation and servicing,... [more]
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America's Cup - USA 17 trimaran back home
Oracle Racing,
America's Cup - The ship carrying USA 17 passed underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at 0530 PST and berthed alongside San Francisco's Pier 80 at 0650. The trimaran may not sail again, her place in history assured by two brief, glorious moments in February 2010. USA 17 has only ever contested two races in her life. She won both convincingly to win the oldest trophy in international sport from the Swi... [more]
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Geographe Bay - We have breeze!
Bernie Kaaks,
The IRC fleets reveled in a brisk south easterly of 15 to 18 knots this morning, sailing two windward leeward races back to back .Division 4 sailed on a performance handicap today on the same courses as the IRC boats. Limit scored first and fastest in both races, cutting out the journey in around 40 minutes each time on a course that was 1.6 nautical miles long.... [more]
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RS Feva Worlds 2011 entry numbers continue to grow
Golly Tucker,
RS Feva Worlds 2011 entry numbers have hit 100 entries with five months to go. Anyone interested (UK or abroad) should take a look on the class website at http://irsca.rssailing.net/rsfeva/... [more]
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Christchurch Yacht Club report from the Commodore
Nick Richardson,
This season has been eventful in that we opened the season without sailing because of contamination from the September quake. A fortnight ago we had a sewage line break. But we have tried to keep sailing. Tuesdays quake has left our storage shed on the brink of falling into the sea. So we have evacuated the yachts. Rescue boats been removed from our very badly clubhouse.... [more]
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B&G wins NMMA innovation award
Sandman PR,
B&G has received the 2011 National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award for its groundbreaking B&G Zeus multifunction display. The powerful Zeus system also integrates seamlessly with data from B&G H3000 instruments, GPS, radar, AIS and award-winning Broadband Radar technology.... [more]
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Sydney City Marine congratulates Team Transfusion
Jody O'Brien,
Sydney City Marine congratulates Team Transfusion – crowned World Champions at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship that concluded in Sydney over the weekend. Team Transfusion is a permanent fixture at Sydney City Marine, with both Farr 40's owned by the syndicate based there, along with the team chase boat.... [more]
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Perfect day on Pitwater for Hobie 16's PBSC club Championship round 4
Peter Salter,
Saturday 26th Feb saw the fourth round of the PBSC club championships conducted under ideal conditions - strengthening 10-15knts NE with clear blue skies and warm weather. A standard windward course with a slightly longer offset allowed for some fast reaches and gave the strong fleet of H16's and one A class some great sailing.... [more]
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Christchurch Earthquake: Donation details - Official Fund
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World has spoken to one of the assessors on the still shaking ground at Christchurch. He advises that the damage in Christchurch is far, far more serious and extensive than the previous earthquake in September, and the situation is ongoing. The New Zealand Government has this morning established an official disaster fund for assistance of the people of Christchurch. Here's how we can help... [more]
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Etchells Worlds 2011- Bill Hardesty returns to San Diego
Bill,
Etchells Worlds 2011 - San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) and Etchells Fleet 13, co-hosts of Etchells Worlds 2011, today reported that hometown icon Bill Hardesty, (Etchells World Champion, Chicago, 2008), is returning to his home yacht club of SDYC to begin a concerted campaign to win the 2011 Etchells World Championships, to be sailed in Hardesty's home waters off San Diego.... [more]
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Board or Kite-Board: Why not having both in the Olympics?
Markus Schwendtner,
One of the most debated issues behind closed doors is surely the question on what 'Board OR Kite-Board' exactly means, as it was decided by the ISAF council during the 2011 ISAF annual conference in Athens.... [more]
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