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 19 Oct 2011
 

The Short Ocean Racing Championship is not far away, its the start of the big boat season. The Gosford to Lord Howe race too.

Sad to hear that Keith Williams has died. We were able to spend some time with him in recent years. A great guy.

Thanks for all the positive feedback on the first of our Perth 2011 series and the in depth reporting on the Chicago Mackinac 2011. Much more to come on both counts.

Nice comments too about our guest editor on Monday David Schmidt, our U.S. editor is highly regarded and is the ONLY North American sailing journalist accredited for the 2012 Olympic's.

More soon from Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team.



Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) first entries received
Alana Whitting,
First entries have been received for the 34th Sydney Short Ocean Racing Championship (SSORC) to be held on the 26th and 27th November, 2011. Exile, Hooligan and Loki are among the first of the entries already received.... [more]
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Boat Show Survey winner: Geoffrey Folliott wins $14,000 in prizes
Jeni Bone,
A Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show veteran, and seasoned sailor, who has done more than his fair share of boating all over the world, professionally and for fun, has taken out the prize package for completing this year's Boat Show Survey - the first of its kind in Australia.... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race - Midnight Rambler makes a comeback
Peter Campbell,
James Cameron and his crew from Drummoyne Sailing Club, better known as a 16-foot skiff club on Sydney's upper harbour, will return Midnight Rambler to ocean racing in the 414 nautical mile, Hempel 38th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Race... [more]
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Vale Keith Williams CMG - A tribute from his family
Rob Mundle,
The Williams family today paid tribute to a husband and father who through foresight, vision, passion, commitment and determination was suitably rewarded by seeing people enjoying themselves.... [more]
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Perth 2011: Conquering the Wind and the Waves - the 49er Challenge
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World.com Team,
Nine months before the 2012 London Olympic regatta in Weymouth, Nathan Outteridge and childhood friend Iain ‘Goobs' Jensen (AUS) are considered the 49er favourites. The duo has won all four regattas they have contested at the 2012 Olympic site in Weymouth.... [more]
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In too deep - Behind the Race to Mackinac tragedy
Dawn Reiss,
At 333 miles, the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac is the longest annual freshwater sailing race in the world. Before the 2011 race, the event had never seen a racing-related death in its 103 years. Experienced sailors Mark Morley, 51. and Suzanne Bickel, 40, both of Saginaw, Michigan, were among the 3,500 competitors. Chicago journalist Dawn Reiss researched this detailed article for six weeks... [more]
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Puma's Volvo 70 - 'il mostro' - for sale!
Marine Business-World.com,
PUMA's il mostro is being auctioned off to the highest bidder. The auction started on September 30 and concluding on October 30, we will accept bids for one of the fastest VOR boats in the world. Puma's il mostro is the perfect platform for a racing owner wishing to compete in offshore racing both under handicap and as a course record breaker. Auction ends October 30th 2011... [more]
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Record Setter Recruits Wife for Three Peaks Race
Terry Travers,
Bruce Arms, who set a WSSRC world record for an Australian solo circumnavigation in August aboard his 46' catamaran 'Big Wave Rider', has been joined by his wife Suzanne as the first official entry in the 2012 Three Peaks Race.... [more]
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TetraMedia's report card: Video and Feature stories increasing
Brendan Maxwell,
While conditions continue to toughen for traditional print media, the world's largest online marine news group reports ongoing growth.... [more]
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New Zealanders Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Racing Champions
Craig Heydon,
New Zealand took the team trophy at the 2011 Interdominion Secondary Schools Team Racing Championship, sailed from the Port Lincoln Yacht Club, SA.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - Roper out to Lasso
Lisa Ratcliff,
For as long as she can remember, young Tasmanian Laura Roper has watched the spectacular Rolex Sydney Hobart finish, soaking up the excitement of Australia's preeminent yachting event as the fleet docked in Hobart and the weary sailors finally climbed out of their pungent wet weather gear.... [more]
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Horror in Paradise - suspected murder of cruising sailor
Nancy Knudsen, BW Media,
When German cruising sailor 40-year-old Stefan Ramin disappeared in suspicious circumstances in Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas and some remains thought to be his were found in a camp fire, it was easy leap for the international press to cry 'Cannibal'**! After all, history tells us that the ancestors of today's easy going and peaceful Polynesians in the islands of the Marquesas were once cannibals... [more]
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Hazard warning for yachts in the Pacific - debris from Japan's tsunami
Our Amazing Planet/Sail-World,
Cruising sailors crossing the Pacific Ocean, particularly the north Pacific, should be aware that floating debris from the devastating tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 is a hazard. The good news is that predictions of the drift are proving accurate. Debris from the devastating tsunami that hit Japan on March 11 has turned up exactly where scientists predicted it would... [more]
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Sydney City Marine X-Yachts Australian Cup
Andrew Parkes,
On Friday the 14th of October a fleet of Danish designed and built X-Yachts raced for the 2011 Sydney City Marine X-Yachts Australian Cup. The conditions this year were ideal for racing with a moderate north easterly breeze and flat water.... [more]
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A Royal Invitation - Kiteracing at Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Markus Schwendtner,
Kiteboarding has been given a unique opportunity to take part in one of Asia's oldest sailing regatta's, the world renowned Phuket King's Cup.Kiteboarding is a demonstration class at this year's Regatta and entry registration will be limited to a maximum of 20 racers as a mixed class event.... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 19 October: Rena survives the night
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Wednesday 19 October: There has been no report of any further movement from Rena overnight. However, salvage company experts will be flying out to the vessel about 7.30am to assess the situation. Weather this morning is poor, with rough seas and a 1.5m swell, decreasing, and strong winds. This will impact upon salvage operations.... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - The next pounding
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - After the Southern Ocean showed the Clipper Race fleet just how harsh and unyielding it can be during the previous few days, today's skippers' reports are filled with superlatives for the adventurous crew members who continue to battle against one of Mother Nature's toughest environments.... [more]
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2012 Changes to IRC Rules
RORC Rating Office,
The following Rule changes come into effect on 1st January 2012 (1st June 2012 for South certification year): • Rule 9.6 is amended to clarify the position when a rating protest has been lodged. • Rule 10.6 is amended to give the Rating Authority greater flexibility.... [more]
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NZ wins 2011 Schools Teams sailing Interdominions in Port Lincoln, AUS
Richard Burling,
New Zealand's top three Teams Sailing schools, Kerikeri, St Kentigerns and Tauranga Boys flew to Australia last Tuesday for the Interdominions. Two annual Teams racing trophies were up for grabs – the Interdominions for top country overall and also a trophy for the top individual school.... [more]
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Ynglings sailors have Worlds in their sights
Peter Campbell,
The 44th Yngling World Championship to take place from 3-8 January 2012, will be hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron... [more]
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Manly 16ft Skiffs: Kofm tuning in at the right time
James Bury,
James May stuffed a few clothes in his backpack and headed off overseas a decade ago. May eventually returned to Australia with a wife and two young children in tow and immediately felt the urge to return to the water.... [more]
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First interstate entry for Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta 2012
Damian Devine,
The Sydney 38 'Audacious' representing the Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria is the first interstate entry received for the Pittwater & Coffs Harbour Regatta 2012, hosted by The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club.... [more]
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Gotta Luv It 7 18ft Skiff dream team - Video interview
Simon Brown & Bob Killick,
The Gotta Luv It 7 18ftr dream team Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Sam Newton. Gotta Luv it 7's emphatic victory in Sunday's first heat has blown the handicaps apart for next Sunday's heat 2 and will give players of Pick the Podium plenty to think about.... [more]
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Dean Barker: 'We're about winning the America's Cup'
Michelle Slade,
Emirates Team NZ's skipper, Dean Barker talks with Michelle Slade on the America's Cup World Series and how Emirates Team NZ is positioned going into the 34th America's Cup. Barker covers where the world's most successful professional sailing team is with its preparations and has a few broadsides for the Defender.... [more]
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Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show closes with positive vibe
Premiere Events,
The signs of a still flat economy may have been felt at this year's Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show, but nothing could take away the atmosphere that makes this show a winner year after year.... [more]
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Early entries close soon: ACT Capital Insurance Brokers Dinghy Champs
Nicole Douglass,
Over 140 boats are expected to take part in the ACT Capital Insurance Brokers Dinghy Championships. The ACT State Championships for a number of classes will be run in conjunction with the ACT Capital Insurance Brokers Dinghy Championships including the NS14s, Spirals, B14s, and Optimists. Other popular classes entered include Tasars, Sharpies, FDs, Flying Fifteens and Lasers.... [more]
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Womens Match Racing Olympic Qualifying Regatta Notice of Race
ISAF,
The Notice of Race for the 2012 Women's Match Racing International Country Olympic Qualifying Regatta has been released. Just 12 places are available for the Women's Match Racing at London 2012 so competition for places is fierce.... [more]
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Farr 40 European Championship - Australians place fourth
Erin McKnight,
UNO European Farr 40 Championship - Overnight the Australian Farr 40 team Transfusion have placed fourth overall. Former Farr 40 World Champion Jim Richardson and his Barking Mad (USA) crew claimed overall victory in the prestigious event, which saw all teams slip-up at some point in the testing conditions.... [more]
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APC Lock Crowther Memorial Regatta spectacular video action
Doug Cuming,
APC Logistics Lock Crowther Memorial Regatta 2011 provided some great footage especially in the strong winds of the opening 28nm Offshore Prologue where Sean Langman's 60 foot trimaran shoots past the camera boat at 30 knots off Barrenjoey Head, Broken Bay.... [more]
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Rolex Sydney Hobart - 50th applicant is a 50 footer
Lisa Ratcliff,
Colin Woods' 50 footer Pretty Fly III is coincidentally the 50th applicant for entry for this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart. Pretty Fly III is a canting keel Cookson 50 purchased by Colin and wife Gladys in 2009, replacing their well campaigned Beneteau 47.7. 'I always thought the Cookson 50 was the right boat for a Hobart and last year we realised its potential,' said Woods.... [more]
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Whitsunday Sailing Club friendly rivalry
Ian Grant,
Both Queensland Marine Services and Sandpiper have a long history of successful racing on Pioneer Bay and naturally John Galloway and Colin Pruden are happy with their individual results.... [more]
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