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 19 Aug 2011
 


A wonderful Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week, we have detailed reports and a large number of sailors will be on the Fantasea ferries today. See you at Hamilton Island.

Fantasea Adventure Cruising is offering a special discount to Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach Race Week participants and their families. Take advantage of a 20% discount on lay day and travel with Fantasea Adventure Cruising to beautiful Whitehaven Beach or Reefworld on the Great Barrier Reef. Direct Booking only.* Conditions apply.

We have more news from the Fastnet race, where Rambler 100, did the same thing that Wild Thing did almost a decade ago.

Very sad news overnight with the crash of an ABC helicopter near Lake Ayre and the reported death of Pilot Gary Ticehurst, reporter Paul Lockyer and cameraman John Bean. Gary was well known and much loved in the sailing fraternity. His involvement in the 1998 Hobart rescues was very significant.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team.



Fantasea Adventure Cruising - Specials for Whitsunday racing sailors
Media Services,
Fantasea Adventure Cruising is offering a special discount to Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Week participants and their families. Take advantage of a 20% discount on lay day and travel with Fantasea Adventure Cruising to beautiful Whitehaven Beach or Reefworld on the Great Barrier Reef.... [more]
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Local Fiji sailing hero clinches final round in Fiji Hobie Cats
Niamh Byrne,
Local hero and Fiji Hobie president Graham Southwick secured line honours on the last day of the Total Fiji Hobie Challenge at the beach at Smugglers Cove, Wailoaloa Bay, Nadi. Now in its eight year, this International event attracts competitors from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Tahiti and Ireland. The overall event was won by Mick Buttler and his 10 year old son Patrick from Australia; a former H... [more]
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New division for Wynnum Manly Yacht Club's St.Helena Cup
Michael Schmidt,
New for the 2011 St.Helena Cup, there will be a cruising non-spinnaker division, the division will have it's own sponsor, earlier start time and individual results.... [more]
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Rolex Big Boat Series introduces the 'Fast Forties' Class
Barby MacGowan,
The Rolex Big Boat Series early registration has a deadline of September 1 and the organizers at St. Francis Yacht Club have now kicked up competition a few notches with the introduction of the 'Fast Forties' Class for light displacement, asymmetrical sprit boats that range between 36 and 46 feet.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - First double win in 50 years
KPMS,
The Rolex Fastnet Race has for the first time in more than 50 years witnessed a back-to-back handicap winner. Following on from her victory under IRC in 2009, this afternoon the Royal Ocean Racing Club has confirmed that Niklas Zennström's Rán (GBR) is once again the overall winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race and the prestigious Fastnet Challenge Cup.... [more]
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'Hump day' for Sydney Seaplanes NCYC Inner Spring Regatta
Richard Howard,
Skill and experience overcomes youth and exuberance in Sydney Seaplanes NCYC Inner Spring Regatta twilight race...! Legendary ocean racing partnership of Jim and Mary Holley, who between them have 37 Sydney Hobarts under their belts, sailed IOR Farr 40 Aurora to a PHS win in the Wednesday afternoon twilight race of Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club's inaugural Inner Spring regatta.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler owner and crew interviewed in Baltimore
Southern Star, Ireland,
Driving into Baltimore village on a bright and sunny Tuesday morning, it was hard to believe that the weather the day before was so gristly that the emergency services had difficulty locating the twenty-one sailors whose boat, the Rambler 100, had capsized during the Fastnet Yacht Race.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Strategic battles continue
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - With the Scoring Gate points settled yesterday afternoon - Singapore, Welcome to Yorkshire and Gold Coast Australia taking three, two and one points respectively - the strategic battles during race two are continuing as teams aim to showcase their tactical nous in the race through the Doldrums and across the Atlantic Ocean to Rio de Janeiro.... [more]
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Mitch Booth leaves China Team
China Team Media,
China Team, the Chinese challenger for the 34th America's Cup, has decided to part ways with its skipper Mitch Booth after the first AC World Series in Cascais, Portugal, last week. China Team started the week on a strong note with many good results, notably coming third in the speed trial, and had some of the most magic moments of the event.... [more]
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Piracy threat forces Volvo Ocean racers out of the water
Volvo Ocean Race Media,
The escalating security problem caused by piracy in the Indian Ocean has forced Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 organisers to redraw the second and third leg routes in the 39,000 nautical mile round-the-world challenge. The competing boats were due to have sailed through an East African corridor in the Indian Ocean on the second leg from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi and again in the third leg from Abu Dhabi... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Famous faces to attend
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Superyachts, fashion designers, super models, celebrity chefs and the sailing fraternity will descend on Hamilton Island for Australia's largest offshore yachting regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Model, actress and TV personality, Megan Gale, will make her first visit to the annual regatta to emcee the launch of the Collette Dinnigan Cruise Collection 2011... [more]
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Optimist World Championships New Zealand preview
Nathalie Van Dort,
Optimist World Championships - More than 200 of the world's most talented young sailors will converge on Napier for nearly a fortnight of competitive racing and shoreside activities. The occasion is the Optimist Worlds, an event that celebrates the fun and challenging nature of the Optimist sailing dinghy, and seeks out those that have best mastered the art of racing this popular small boat.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Capsized supermaxi Rambler righted plus Video
Sail-World,
The Irish Times is reporting that the capsized supermaxi, Rambler 100, owned by US businessman George David, has finally been righted in Barleycove Bay, Ireland. 'The hull was being pumped out yesterday evening before the yacht was towed into port without its mast and rigging,' says the Times. 'Seán Harrington of Atlantic Towage and Marine Ltd of Castletownbere, Co Cork, said the location of... [more]
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Final day images of Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011
Teri Dodds,
The Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week has come to close for 2011. Victorian photographer Teri Dodds has been fortunate, with great sailing conditions throughout the last week of competition and presents her final day of images.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011 day 6 - Final showdown
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media,
With placings at the top of leaderboards extremely close, today's race was set to decide the trophy winners for Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week 2011.... [more]
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Magic Marine RS500 World Championships day 2
RS Association,
The Magic Marine RS500 World Championships have now completed the second day of racing which brought totally different wind conditions and introduced a mix of top contenders. Around sixty boats started the two races that were held inside the harbour. The light, shifty conditions meant that it could have been any of the top ten boats making it over the finish line in first position.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race fleet slows down
KPMS,
In the Rolex Fastnet Race, the pace was brisk for the first forty-eight hours but, has now slowed due to high pressure encroaching into the Celtic Sea and towards the south of Cornwall, just west of the finish in Plymouth. Since yesterday afternoon there have been just been five finishers... [more]
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Knickerbocker Cup at Western Long Island Sound preview
Andrea Watson,
The Knickerbocker Cup is a qualifier for the World Match Racing Tour, with the winner gaining an automatic entry to the Argo Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious match racing events on the Tour. Twelve teams from around the world have been invited to compete in this year's event. Manhasset Bay, in western Long Island Sound, will be filled with match racing from mid-morning to late afternoon.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Teams cross Scoring Gate
Zoe Williamson,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 'It has been a very action packed and fun filled 24 hours!' exclaims Singapore's skipper Ben Bowley this morning. 'After yesterday morning's position report it was clear that with some careful trimming it would be possible to make it to the Scoring Gate at the very least in third place.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Class40's head uphill for the final miles
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - After 72 hours of racing, the Class40 fleet face beating to the finish for the final 70 miles following a predominantly offwind leg from Fastnet Rock to the Scilly Isles. With less than 200 miles of the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Course remaining, the leading Class40 pack in the 17-boat fleet compressed even further with the lead constantly changing as the group lined-up in the Celti... [more]
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Sail Noumea 2012 - What you need to know
Matthew Woodley,
Over 50 New Zealand boats have registered an interest with Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Sail Noumea 2012. Sail Noumea is an offshore yachting event to be run in conjunction with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Cercle Nautique Caledonien. The three clubs have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of ocean races and passage cruise rallies from Auckland and Queensland to Noumea, with a pos... [more]
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Ronstan A-Class Catamaran World Championships - Australians lead
Thomas Capitani,
Ronstan A-Cat Worlds first race day was sunny, with a light breeze from west; shortly before the start, however, the wind died down and Principal Race Officer Andreas Kuchler wisely chose to set the postponement pennant. After a brief pause, the wind came back; this time from the south, however.... [more]
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420 and 470 Junior European Championships – Australians youths excel
Craig Heydon,
420 and 470 Junior Europeans – Australian youth sailors Galloway and Gough have won the 420 Junior European Championships in Belgium, capping off a great European season for the Queensland based pair. The win in Belgium for Galloway and Gough follows their Bronze medal at the 2011 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Croatia last month and their earlier win at Kieler Woche in Germany... [more]
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Sydney Seaplanes NCYC Inner Spring Regatta a go go!!
Richard Howard,
Tight racing on day 1 of the Sydney Seaplanes NCYC Inner Spring Regatta sees Paterson, Howard, Amos and Gleeson leading the way.... [more]
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Another perfect day on the water in Airlie
Teri Dodds,
Victorian yachting photographer Teri Dodds is in Airlie Beach covering the Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week and presents this gallery of images for you to enjoy.... [more]
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America's Cup sailors recount Rambler capsize in Rolex Fastnet Race
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World,
Five times round the world racer, and America's Cup sailor Erle Williams (NZL), has described the moment when the supemaxi Rambler 100, capsized soon after rounding Fastnet Rock, yesterday. A professional yachtsman, Williams is one of New Zealand's top sailors, with a long sailing career encompassing five Round the World races, and several America's Cup campaigns. Other top America's Cup sailor... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week Day 5 - Whitsunday paradise
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week media,
Today is day 5 of Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week and its another great day for racing in the Whitsundays. There were smiles all round this morning as the crews left Meridien Marinas Abel Point Marina.... [more]
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Queensland championship at Hamilton Island
Ian Grant,
A recent fourth place in World SB3 Dart championship in England suggests the talented crew of skipper Glenn Bourke, Rod Jones and Greg MacAllansmith should be the pacesetters in the Queensland championship at Hamilton Island. Glenn Bourke has proved his skill as one of Australia's foremost one design racing sailors having represented Australia at the Olympics... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Ran across finish line
Trish Jenkins,
Niklas Zennström's Ran crossed the line off Plymouth at 12:53:44 BST, in an elapsed time of 2 days 3 minutes, and 44 seconds. Rán benefitted from the retirements yesterday of 80-foot Beau Geste (HKG) and 68-foot Alegre (GBR). According to Gavin Brady, Beau Geste was forced to pull out when some cracking developed in her deck and with conditions set to build around the Fastnet Rock and the onset of... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Aiming for a second victory
KPMS,
the Rolex Fastnet Race, the morning time witnessed the arrival of the 100 foot supermaxi ICAP Leopard (GBR) take place; after which the first of the Mini Maxis made their arrival in Plymouth during the afternoon in the form of 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race winner, Rán (GBR).... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race: Rambler capsize videos, interviews and images
Sail-World,
Yesterday the supermaxi, Rambler 100, the fastest supermaxi in the world, and widely expected to take the monohull record for the Fastnet race, capsized. Her keel fell off soon after rounding Fastnet Rock. Although five of her crew became separated from the yacht, all 21 were rescued. Here are the latest videos of the Rambler capsize and comment... [more]
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Volvo 70 takes Rolex Fastnet Race monohull record
KPMS,
While the multihull record fell last night to Maxi Banque Populaire (FRA), so earlier this morning the monohull record for the Rolex Fastnet Race was also demolished. Surprisingly the new record went to the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi (UAE), skippered by double Olympic silver medallist, Ian Walker.... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Roaring Forty 2 leads Class40 fleet
Oliver Dewar,
Rolex Fastnet Race - Over Monday night, the 17 remaining Class40's in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race fleet crossed the Celtic Sea with reports of 25 knot windspeeds and gusts up to 30 knots with a challenging sea state. By the halfway point of the 150 mile leg from Land's End to Fastnet Rock at 22:30 BST, the two BT Boats Kiwi 40FC's were still holding the lead... [more]
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Rolex Fastnet Race - Rambler 100 update
Trish Jenkins,
Rolex Fastnet Race - At midnight, Monday 15 August, Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club received a call from Mick Harvey, Project Manager of George David's Rambler 100 (USA). Harvey spoke about the harrowing incident when the 100' Maxi Rambler 100 capsized in the Celtic Sea during the Rolex Fastnet Race... [more]
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Amazing Day onboard TeamVodafoneSailing
Teri Dodds,
Well, speechless comes to mind when you find yourself onboard TeamVodafoneSailing for a race in the Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week. A slick crew lead by skipper Simon Hull and Kevin Peet calling tactics, sent the Orca 60 multi-hull around the 27nm course in 01:39:06, with their nearest rival Malcolm Richardson's Nacra 36 Malice coming in 37 minutes behind.... [more]
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Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week day 4: Glorious again
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week,
Meridien Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week day 4 of racing and 'Huey' was again kind turning on the glorious sunshine and great sailing breeze yet again. As the yachts left Meridien Marinas Abel Point Marina this morning, smiles were wide and the atmosphere charged as the sailors and race officials alike looked forward to another top day of racing.... [more]
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Rambler 100 drops keel and bulb in Rolex Fastnet Race - more pictures
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Photo of the upturned Rambler 100, distinctly missing her (carbon?) keel, and bulb... [more]
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Rambler 100 capsized in Fastnet - keel lost + Video
www.sail-world.com,
The yacht Rambler 100 has capsized between the Fastnet Rock and the Pantaenius Buoy. The Irish Coastguard services are coordinating the rescue. The Baltimore RNLI lifeboat is on the scene. Two Sikorsky helicopters have been scrambled and an Irish Naval vessel is en route to the scene of the accident... [more]
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