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 27 Mar 2012
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Today we are bursting with too much sailing news

Skipper Chris Nicholson helming in huge seas, onboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.  Hamish Hooper/Camper ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race©
Australia's Chris Nicholson in not a happy Camper heading for Chile..


There is more money for Australian Olympic sailing as Government realises a big medal haul could happen. And some words from Tom Slingsby

Tom Slingby/Australian Sailing team  Giovanni De Sandre


2016 Olympic evaluation, does God sail Lasers? RS:X Worlds.... Lots and lots more

RS:X World Windsurfing Championships 2012  Vincenzo Baglione


Will leave you in peace to start reading...


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Sailing for Gold
Australian Sports Commission,
The Australian Government has announced a further $640,000 for targeted sports in the lead-up to the London Games. Yachting Australia is one of the leading sports receiving extra funding, with $310 000 now allocated to the Australian Sailing Team through the project.... [more]
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McConaghy boats. The fastest and now the deepest.
Blue Robinson,
McConaghy boats are renowned for building the some of the fastest yachts afloat. Now McConaghy construction skills have been used by film maker/explorer James Cameron - who has just entered the history books and became the first person to make a solo dive to the ocean's deepest point.... [more]
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Yachting Australia National Safety Committee has new chairman
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is pleased to announce that Chris Oxenbould AO has accepted an appointment as chair of the National Safety Committee.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is on Georgia's mind
Rob Mundle,
After a victory against Australia's best in the Grand Prix Division at Geelong's Festival of Sails, kiwis Jim Farmer and Chris Meads now have their sights set firmly on Australia's largest keelboat regatta, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012.... [more]
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God must sail a Laser says Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron CEO
Sail-World.com,
On the final day of the Laser Masters Worlds 2012, Sail-World.com spoke to Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's CEO Paul Hughes.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Southern Ocean returns in force
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race at 1900 UTC, Groupama and Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg (Ken Read/USA), the only two teams to have avoided serious damage to their boats so far on Leg 5, were 38.7 nautical miles (nm) apart. Groupama is 223 nm from the eastern ice limit set at 47 degrees south/150 degrees west and once past the waypoint they will be free to dive south again without the worry of collidin... [more]
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ISAF Evaluations - Roland Gaebler's observations
Roland Gaebler,
Roland Gaebler talks about the super sailing in Santander during the ISAF Multihull Evaluation. What a great place to sail! Inshore with flat water and tactical challenges. Offshore with real waves and nice surf. The Club made an amazing job. Its one of the best places for sailing we ever saw. Nice facilities, brilliant beaches and snow on the mountains. Purely one of the nicest sailing scenery.... [more]
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A look back at the 2012 International Rolex Regatta
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
The 2012 International Rolex Regatta, an event deemed as the ‘Crown Jewel' of Caribbean regattas, welcomed 68 boats and more than 500 sailors who represented the U.S., Great Britain, Puerto Rico, Canada, The Netherlands, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Monaco and multiple Caribbean islands to the St. Thomas Yacht Club in St, Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands from 23-25 March.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson explains Camper's situation - Video
Sail-World,
Camper skipper Chris Nicholson explains the damage and situation facing Camper as they head towards the Chilean port of Puerto Montt to effect repairs. Camper damaged a safety bulkhead, on the first night of the race, then the port longitudinal frame let go for part of its length, followed by the starboard longitudinal. Two part video by Chris Nicholson... [more]
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Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Boat speed records broken
Heather Ewing,
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Mother Nature has yet again shown her amazing raw power as boat speed records have been surpassed by many of the ten internationally backed teams as they race across the world's biggest expanse of water, the Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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18ft Skiffs - Rag & Famish Hotel wins last race of season + Video
Simon Brown,
The entire last race of the 18ft Skiffs 2011-12 season was dominated by Rag and Appliances with Gotta Love It 7 shadowing closely behind.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper's Mr Smooth comes into his own
Hamish Hooper,
MCM Hamish Hooper blogs from on board Camper as she cruises towards Puerto Montt, Chile to effect repairs to her structural framing: Last night as we were sailing along trying to keep the boat slow and under control we managed to pop the starboard longitudinal. The fourth-big blow we have had in a row. With each new blow things become that much harder and fragile.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Emirates Team NZ mount major repair effort in Chile
Richard Gladwell,
Emirates Team New Zealand have started a major logistics and shore support effort to get their Volvo Ocean race entry, Camper turned around once she reaches the Chilean port of Puerto Montt. She is expected to arrive in Puerto Montt, which is about 800nm north of Cape Horn, between 1-3 April, depending on wind direction.... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone Race - Jessandra ll on the rise
Ian Grant,
The Corby 36 Jessandra ll is emerging as a star performer. The crew will now take on the 2012 QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone Race starting on Good Friday April 6th.... [more]
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New RayViewer app now available on Android
Liza Sticpewich,
Raymarine's free wireless screen repeater app originally launched on iOS (Apple) devices has now been launched for Android OS devices and is free to download from Google Play. You can transform your Android based device into a remote viewer.... [more]
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RS:X World Championship - Strong breeze for finals
Craig Heydon,
The 2012 RS:X World Championship finals series began with strong breeze and crews were again challenged in Cadiz, Spain. Racing continues until Monday.... [more]
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2016 Equipment Evaluations wrap-up in Santander
ISAF,
The decision to cancel the day was made at the 09:30 sailor briefing, but after eight days of evaluating the seven multihull and six skiff boats the panel have enough information, sailor feedback and data to discuss what boats are appropriate for the 2016 Rio Olympic Sailing Competition.... [more]
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BMW Auckland Cup: A boisterous and spectacular final day + Video
Ivor Wilkins,
The 2012 BMW Auckland Regatta wrapped up in spectacular fashion today with yachts battling a stiff 30-knot south westerly wind that had the big multihulls smoking, saw one catamaran capsize and several yachts broach wildly under spinnaker. The blustery conditions ensured that the fleet had been well tested in all conditions... [more]
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RS:X Worlds - Battle for Olympic qualification spots continues + Video
Rory Ramsden,
At the 2012 RS:X World Windsurfing Championships, there was a break from normal practice in which the RS:X men's gold fleet was accompanied by their compadres in the silver fleet for the first day of the final series. It was Przemyslaw Miarczynski [POL] who was the most consistent posting 1-2-5 to move up the rankings to take over sixth spot overall.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama 4 first to pass Central Ice Gate
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race team Groupama 4 were the first to pass the Central Ice Gate and have been diving down towards Cape Horn since midnight, which is still some 2,000 miles away. Groupama 4 is maintaining her separation in front of the Americans and further boosting her lead over the Spanish, whilst the New Zealanders have decided to make a pit stop in the Chilean port of Puerto Montt.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Telefonica's double Southern Ocean side-swipe +Video
Sail-World,
View this amazing footage of Volvo Ocean Race competitor Team Telefónica being slammed by two monster waves as they blast through the Southern Ocean in over 40 knots of wind on Leg 5 from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajaí in Brazil . The footage, shot from one of the four fixed cameras on the boat, shows the entire on deck crew -- including the helmsman -- twice knocked off their feet by the impa... [more]
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18ft Skiffs Club Championship Overall winner
Frank Quealey,
18ft Skiffs Club Championship eleventh race, the final event in the Australian 18 Footers League's 2011-2012 season, was held off Sydney Harbour today. Although finishing only fourth today, Michael Coxon, Aaron Links and Trent Barnabas won the championship in Thurlow Fisher Lawyers with an overall score of 16 points... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Racing: Camper to suspend racing and stop in Chile + Video
Sail-World,
Camper will divert to Puerto Montt on the west coast of Chile to repair bow damage suffered in the ferocious conditions currently being experienced in the Southern Ocean. Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Chris Nicholson confirmed the need to go in for repairs, while pledging to resume racing and reach the finish of Leg 5 Itajaí in Brazil.... [more]
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RS:X World Championships Day 3 – Jessica Crisp best placed Australian
Craig Heydon,
RS:X World Championships day three is underway in Cadiz. Competitors have faced survival conditions today in Spain with Jessica Crisp the best placed Australian in 21st overall in the women's fleet. After day two of racing was abandoned due to the breeze howling at up to 40 knots one race was scheduled for each fleet on Saturday.... [more]
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Belcher and Page fancy 'Practical Magic' + Video
Craig Heydon,
Aussie sailors Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page have christened their new 470 Practical Magic, with the assistance of Marit Bouwmeester, following an online competition. The public was invited to choose from five Kidman movies with Practical Magic taking 39 per cent of the vote ahead of Room to Move which had 28 per cent with The Invasion, Bewitched and Nine finishing third, fourth and fifth... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper update - putting safety first + Video
Richard Gladwell,
The Spanish/New Zealand entry, Camper is still proceeding at a reduced speed towards South America and Cape Horn. The race tracker show the race leader, Groupama as being about four hours away from the third Ice Limit set, before the fleet are expected to dive south to round Cape Horn. Camper and Abu Dhabi who also suffered bulkhead damage, are averaging a speed of 13 and 10kts respectively.... [more]
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Derwent River Bridge Race a great success
Peter Campbell,
Derwent River Bridge Race from Castray Esplanade up the River Derwent under the Tasman Bridge and up to the Bowen Bridge and return is likely to become a permanent event on Hobart's yachting calendar. A fleet of 27 yachts, ranging from J24s to Farr 40s, today contested the inaugural 10 nautical mile Derwent River dash with race officials, skippers and crew members all enthusiastic about the event... [more]
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Winners, grinners and a swimmer at Sail Paradise 2012
Bronwen Ince,
Roland Dane, a relative newcomer to IRC offshore racing, has sent signals to his rivals that his new yacht, Jessandra II, could be the boat to beat in up-coming offshore events this year after a stunning string of victories at XXXX Sail Paradise off the Gold Coast.... [more]
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