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 26 Aug 2011
 


It seems the wind has almost stopped

After five days of heavy winds at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011, it seems today as if the wind has stopped, with top gusts so far today hardly more than 15 knots.

For a short while there was indeed very little breeze in Dent Passage, with low cloud and fog on the Cruising Division start line.

Disappearing into the mist - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 - Day 6  Sail-World.com /AUS ©


It's been an interesting regatta so far, In the SB3's where Hamilton Island CEO Glen Bourke cleared out to win the series. In others like IRC A, led by Marcus Blackmore's very well campaigned Hooligan and IRC, with Daryl Hodgkinson's Beneteau First 45 Victoire, dropping a second, these seems to be little doubt about the results, it others its very tight.

In IRC C, the battle between Matt Owen's Sydney 36 Local Hero and Peter Sorensen's Sydney 36CR The Philosophers Club is intense to say the least.

Performance Racing is tight, in Division 1, Belle and Eagle Rock tied at the top and there are five boats in Division 2, within two points of each other.

The biggest of them all are the Cruising Divisions include some iconic boats, Condor of Bermuda and Hammer of Queensland in Division 1, an amazing 39 boats in division 2, another tight battle in division 3 between Kaos and Knee Deep and in Cruising Non-spinnaker, the beautiful old pearling lugger Ruby Charlotte, currently sailing with a handicap of 0.400

After tomorrow's final Molle Race, all will be decided and then the caravan moves on to Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week, where racing will start next Friday off Townsville. 87 boats at last count and this makes it one of the fastest growing regattas ‘down under'

You still have time to enter in your boat is in FNQ waters. www.magneticislandraceweek.com.au

BUT you only have a few days to enter the Boat Show boat and holiday competition. DO THAT NOW!!!


Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



Rambler100 Capsize: 'People just falling into space' plus new Videos
Compiled by Richard Gladwell,
The Providence Journal is reporting the experiences of several crew from the supermaxi Rambler which capsized in the recent Rolex Fastnet Race: Just a week later, crew members who were back racing at the Newport Shipyard were greeted as heroes. Fellow sailors extended warm handshakes and kindness as the sailors shared their saga on a bright Tuesday afternoon.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 6 – Easier and overcast
www.sail-world.com,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 6 - Lighter winds today and with the ebbing tide delivering wind with tide flat water until mid-afternoon, a much easier day for the 190 boat fleet.... [more]
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Hooligan on form at Audi IRC Australian Championship
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, Audi IRC Australian Championship - Multiple Laser world champion and Rolex ISAF World Sailor of the Year Tom Slingsby has been part of many different race programs. When asked what he believes is the magic ingredient, the explanation for Marcus Blackmore's mind boggling success at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week with his TP52 Hooligan, Slingsby says it's the team.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Day 6 forecast
Kenn Batt,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day six forecast - Warnings: Nil current. Synoptic Discussion: A broad high pressure area in the Tasman Sea extends a weak ridge along the Queensland coast. Observations: At 0700hr the surface wind at Hamilton Island was 150 deg at 11kn, gusting 14kn (temp 20C, pressure 1018hPa) indicative of the synoptic wind plus some topographic forcing.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 day 5 images by Sail-World.com
www.sail-world.com,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 Day 5 images. It started with misty rain but then the skies cleared with 18-25 knots. More Sail-World photos from the 28th annual event.... [more]
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New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup set
Jan Harley,
The New York Yacht Club Invitational Cup, presented by Rolex, will proceed with racing on September 13 with most of the twenty-two participating yacht club teams fresh from racing at the peak of the sailing season in the northern hemisphere. However, three teams – the CYC of Australia, Royal Cape Yacht Club and Yacht Club Argentino will be coming from winter to summer to race in Swan 42s... [more]
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MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Ingrid Abery,
MedCup Region of Murcia Trophy day two images from Photographer Ingrid... [more]
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Melges 32 Hamilton Island Race Week - Great racing
Heath Walters,
Melges 32 Hamilton Island Day - With a start for the passage race at Dent Island, the Pine Island then White Rock Denman and home the fleet were looking over their charts to see the most favourable way to go as the tide would have a big influence on the today's racing.... [more]
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SailTV: Audi MedCup: Live and Replay
Sail-World,
Click on the play arrow below to see live and replay coverage of the MedCup... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - King Neptune visits New York
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - 'As we crossed the Equator, we were sure that the move south was more psychological than practical,' explains New York watch leader Andrew Priest, as the American entry joins Gold Coast Australia, Singapore and Welcome to Yorkshire in the Southern Hemisphere.... [more]
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Camper unloads in Felixstowe
Sail-World,
Camper, the VO70 yacht Emirates Team New Zealand will campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race, has been unloaded from a Maersk Line container ship at Felixstowe, England ahead of the start of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean race.... [more]
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Join the Stratis sales team - Do you excel under pressure?
Steve Pinselaar,
If you can shoot the breeze with the best of them about sail shape, innovative fibres and race sail project management we need to talk. Stratis is the new generation race sail membrane engineered at Doyle New Zealand with proven performance on the most demanding racing yachts around the world.... [more]
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America's Cup Uncovered: Episodes 1-4 - World Series and more
ACM,
America's Cup Uncovered is a weekly magazine video program is designed to show America's Cup fans the people, places and stories that are the backbone of the America's Cup. Here are the first four episodes, we'll carry the latest edition each week on Sail-World... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - A pearler of a yacht
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Ruby Charlotte, the first pearling lugger to contest the regatta, turns so many heads and generates so much interest on the dock that her owners have laminated fact sheets chronicling the boat's colourful history ready to whip out for curious passersby.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Race Week day 5 - Victoire secures top placing
Lisa Ratcliff,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – In the hard-fought IRC Class B Darryl Hodgkinson's slippery Beneteau 45 Victoire has padlocked the top placing and thrown away the key with today's fifth consecutive handicap win from six starts. An island course in a gusty 18-20 knot SE breeze proved another easy hit out for Victoire which is demoralising its Class B competition.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day 5 images by Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week day five images from photographer Andrea Francolini.... [more]
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2011 Australian Yachting Awards close in under two weeks
Craig Heydon,
The winners will be announced at the 2011 Australian Yachting Awards at Luna Park in Sydney on Friday October 28 with nominations set to close on 5 September 2011.... [more]
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Buddy Melges Challenge - Aussie Match Racers continue to lead
Craig Heydon,
Nicky Souter, Jessica Eastwell and Katie Spithill continue to lead the way at the Buddy Melges Challenge and are so far undefeated, winning all 11 races they have contested. Fellow Australians Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty are hot on their heels with nine wins and two losses.... [more]
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18ft Skiff International Regatta Day 3 Video
Simon Brown,
At the 18ft Skiff International Regatta being contested on San Francisco Bay, races 5 and 6 were decided on day 3. The second race Thursday is the feature race of this regatta, the Ronstan Bridge to Bridge.... [more]
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America's Cup: Red-lining the heart rate monitors
Andy Rice,
When your heart monitor tells you that you've gone over 100% of your maximum heart rate, something is wrong. Three times during a race this happened to Sean Clarkson while racing the Artemis AC45 in Cascais. Fortunately Clarkson was still breathing at the end of the race, but there's no doubt he and his fellow AC45 team mates are working to the limits - and beyond - of their fitness.... [more]
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Haute Route day 4 - The time trials take place + Video
Andrew Palfrey,
Artemis Racing's Coach Andrew Palfrey reports on the fourth day of the Haute Route cycling race taking place in the French Alps. Well, today was the time-trial. 12km uphill at an average of nine percent. It was like a vacation today. Got to sleep in until 0700! Followed by big brekkie, then out to destroy myself for just over an hour.... [more]
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