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 04 Apr 2012
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A big big sailing week

Groupama Sailing Team with PUMA Ocean Racing on the horizon, during leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil.  Yann Riou/Groupama Sailing Team © /Volvo Ocean Race
In the Volvo Ocean Race Puma has hotfooted into the lead ahead of Groupama

At the third World Sailing Cup event of the year, the Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma Spain, Australian match racers Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty are leading their half of the group and young Australian Laser sailor Tom Burton is ahead of triple World Champion Tom Slingsby. Interesting times


Olivia Price and crew racing in Palma  © MartinezStudio.es
Krystal Weir led the Laser Radials after day one but was one of 40 boats scored DNF after going to the wrong mark last night so she will be looking forward to the drop.

The 470 Golden Girls Elise Rechichi and Belinda Stowell have had an up and down series with two good results and two not so flash, but they are seventh so that's good, two places behind the German pairing of Kathrin Kadelbach and Rike Belcher (yes that's Mat's wife) .

Good news from Sail Melbourne – with their World Cup status confirmed today.

Easter is almost upon us and its shaping as an interesting Brisbane to Gladstone race starting on Friday, both in the multihull and monohull divisions, we will be watching both.

Sean Langman's Orma 60 Australia will smoke home if there is a strong south easter in the morning hours as expected while Grant Wharington's Wild Thing should give her own 20 hour record a severe shake.
















Sean Langman's ORMA 60 class trimaran, Team Australia  Kos Picture Source
The traditional Easter Three Peaks race will also provide plenty of variety, with Jessica Watson sure to be a media draw card aboard Bruce and Suzanne Arms 14 metre Big Wave Rider

The Sail Port Stephen's regatta is looming, entries close at 5pm on Tuesday 10th and there are some fascinating battles looming

Sail-world this week has revealed its largest ever media team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Six very experienced sailing journalist/photographers - Richard Gladwell, Bob Fisher, Mark Chisnell, David Schmidt, Rob Kothe and Spanish and French speaking Jeraldine Kennedy along with some highly regarded photographic contributors, will all bring their perspectives to the Sail-World coverage.

Sail-World's Olympic preview newsletters are already running and during the 2012 Olympic coverage Sail-World.com will send out 140,000 newsletters each day, overall a total a record 3.5 million event newsletters.


Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team



Sail Port Stephens - Entries closing soon
Sail Port Stephens media,
Sail Port Stephens 2012 is just two weeks away. Entries close Tuesday 10th April. Enter online now. Visit the website Sail Port Stephens http://www.sailportstephens.com.au for the latest news on one of the best regattas in one of the most beautiful spots in Australia.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2012? We have several privately owned apartments, villas and houses available for Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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Newbold's new boat is a new entry in the Port Fairy Race
Jennifer Cook,
For John Newbold the Melbourne to Port Fairy Race will be his first ocean race in his new boat Primitive Cool.... [more]
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Melbourne wins bid to host ISAF Sailing World Cup 2013 - 2016
Lauren Garnet,
Sail Melbourne will continue for the next four years, as the Oceanic Leg of the ISAF Sailing World Cup.... [more]
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Sandringham Yacht Club Centenary Trophy - Entries welcome
Di Pearson,
Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne will host the Club Marine SYC Centenary Trophy on Saturday, 28 April, on the waters of Port Phillip. The event will be run across several courses on Port Phillip, in the vicinity of SYC, with IRC and AMS yachts to get away first from 10.00am.... [more]
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Clipper Round The World Yacht Race - Injured crew members recovering
Isabel Hokken,
After 30 days at sea, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race entry Geraldton Western Australia made its way into the marina at Oakland, California.... [more]
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Yacht race cancelled due to wrecked container ship debris
Sail-World,
Floating wreckage and oil spilled from the wrecked container ship MV Rena, has forced the cancellation of the Auckland to Tauranga Race, less than 24 hours before the race was due to start on Thursday 5 April. There 22 entrants listed for the race, which included the ORMA60 trimaran Team Vodafone Sailing, which was expected to break the race record, on her third attempt.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper shore team ready as Abu Dhabi diverts + Video
Neil Cox,
Camper Shore Manager Neil ‘Coxy' Cox blogs from Puerto Montt where him and his team were standing by awaiting Camper's arrival in the Chilean port, after diverting to effect repairs to their entry in the Volvo Ocean Race after being forced to suspend racing on Leg 5 of the round the world classic.... [more]
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Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta - Aussie young guns out in front
Craig Heydon,
On the second day of the Trofeo Princesa Sofia regatta, the Australian Sailing Team's young crews have led the way in Palma, Spain, with Women's Match Racers Olivia Price, Nina Curtis and Lucinda Whitty topping their group while Tom Burton has jumped into second in the Laser fleet.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre Women's Match Racing - Day 2
WIMRA,
Day two of the 43rd Trofeo S.A.R. Princesa Sofia Mapfre was another long yet productive day on the Women's Match racing Course as the Race Committee caught up on the matches lost Monday due to the light winds in the morning. At the conclusion of Stage One, the top three from each of the two groups advance to the Gold Group and automatically qualify for the Quarter Final... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Puma takes narrow lead
Volvo Ocean Race,
In the Volvo Ocean Race, Puma Ocean Racing powered by Berg have closed down Groupama to take the lead at 1900 GMT tonight by 0.10 nautical miles (nm). Telefónica is back in contention for the lead, but a secure third place on the podium in Itajaí, even if Groupama posts another win, would be enough to keep the Spanish team at the head of the overall table, if only by five points.... [more]
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Global Ocean Race fleet make steady but slow progress
Oliver Dewar,
Following the Global Ocean Race's busy build-up to the start of Leg 4, from Punta del Este to Charleston, the four double-handed Class40 teams have made steady but slow progress over the first 24 hours along the coast of Uruguay led by Cessna Citation with the fleet spread over 15 miles.... [more]
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Gladstone race crews prepare for brute breeze
Ian Grant,
A prominent high pressure system in the Tasman Sea has provided an ideal forecast for the 64th QantasLink Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race starting off the historical Sandgate Pier on Good Friday morning. The system has extended a strong southerly air flow onto the South Queensland coast promising the fleet of 45 yachts with spectacular and fast spinnaker sailing conditions.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Princesa Sofia regatta - Finn fleet on day 2
Robert Deaves,
After three months out of the boat, it was business as usual for Ben Ainslie (GBR) on the second day at the Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofia Mapfre regatta. A first and a second place in Tuesday's two races puts him on top of the 57 boat Finn fleet. Daniel Birgmark (SWE) remains in second while Jonas Høgh Christensen (DEN) drops to third.... [more]
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Trofeo SAR Princesa Sofía Mapfre Day 2 - Great racing!
Corinne McKenzie,
Trofeo Princesa Sofia Mapfre second day provided great racing with all scheduled races completed by mid afternoon. The southerly breeze started at seven knots to build to ten towards the middle of the afternoon, but remaining patchy, the wind made racing tricky.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race - Groupama and Puma's match race continues
Franck Cammas,
Volvo Ocean Race - The climb up to Itajai has got its bearings since this Tuesday morning: wind on the nose in a moderate northerly wind. And this scenario is likely to remain the same through until Wednesday evening. Still within sight of the Americans, Franck Cammas and his men will have to make their way along the coast of Argentina, then Uruguay, before negotiating a sizeable transition zone... [more]
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Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race - Experience counts
Ian Grant,
Personal experience accrued from winning two Audi Australian Ocean racing championships have contributed to the creditability of Rod Jones being accepted as a good judge of fast sailing yachts. Normally the master Sunshine Coast yachtsman has been faced with an accepted task of cleaning the builders dust and race tuning a new production built yacht.... [more]
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Rolex China Sea Race 50th anniversary at Royal Hong Kong YC
KPMS,
Rolex China Sea Race kicks off tomorrow Wednesday 4th April. Activity at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is gearing up for Asia's premier Category 1 Offshore race with 26 competitors on the start line. The diverse fleet ranges from the sole participating Maxi, Geoff Hill's Genuine Risk, to the many 50 and 40-footers competing for the China Sea Race Trophy on corrected time... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi turns south towards Cape Horn
Sail-World,
The Emirati Volvo Ocean race entry, Abu Dhabi has made a change of course, and is now headed south. Previously the Ian Walker skippered Volvo 70, looked set to follow Camper into the Chilean port of Puerto Montt, however a few hours ago the course tracker showed a turn to starboard, and she would appear to be headed south and possibly to attempt to round Cape Horn.... [more]
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Main and Summer Series at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Peter Campbell,
Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron's 149th season of racing was held on Sydney Harbour. After 26 races over the summer, just eight seconds on corrected times has decided the overall winner of Division 4. That eight seconds margin gave the Squadron's Main Series pointscore to Hornblower, Peter Campbell and Steve Sweeney's Bonbridge 27, by just one point from Richard Staines' Hood 23 Esquise 2.... [more]
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Laser 4.7 World Youth Championships day 1 - Australia's lead
Michael Vaughan/Peter Campbell,
Tasmanian sailor Anna Vaughan is sharing the lead after the first day of sailing in the International Laser 4.7 world youth championships at Buenos Aires, Argentina.... [more]
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MarineBusiness-World.com Pavilion again at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
MarineBusiness-World,
MarineBusiness-World.com is again the naming rights sponsor of the massive main pavilion A at the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more]
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Volvo Ocean Race: Camper suspends racing and begins motoring + Video
Sail-World,
Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand has officially suspended racing in Leg Five of the Volvo Ocean Race and began the 180 nautical mile trip up the fjord to Puerto Montt. Camper suspended racing at just past 1400h NZT, near the southern entrance of the fjord and under race rules must return to this point when racing is resumed after the repair is completed.... [more]
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Ker 40 takes home the trifecta
Ellen Pragnell-Raasch,
Connel McLarens' McConaghy buiilt Ker 40 Ice Breaker is yet again at the top of her division, following the win at the Bay of Islands Regatta back in January. Ice Breaker took home the trifecta last week at The BMW Cup, coming first in PHRF A-Division, IRC Nationals and winning the overall BWM Trophy.... [more]
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ISAF Sailing World Cup - Weir leads
Craig Heydon,
At the end of day one at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Palma, Spain, Krystal Weir is the best placed Australian, with the Victorian leading the way in the Laser Radial class. In the 470 men's reigning World Champions and current ISAF Sailing World Cup leaders Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page are second overall.... [more]
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Three Peaks top contenders arrive at Beauty Point
Terry Travers,
Three Peaks Race multihull and monohull line honours favourites have all arrived in Beauty Point in readiness for the 2pm start on Good Friday.... [more]
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Alpari World Match Racing Tour preview
WMRT,
Alpari World Match Racing Tour is just over seven weeks away and with established names set to be pitted alongside a new breed of Tour Card Holder, old rivalries will be rekindled and new ones ignited this season. The story of 2012 could not have been better written for Ian Williams (GBR) GAC Pindar. After early season dominance from Francesco Bruni and then Torvar Mirsky, he rose to the top... [more]
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'Wild Viking' Jarle Andhøy detained by Chilean Navy
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
After a much publicised illegal voyage from New Zealand to Antarctica with a 'stowaway' on board and then across the Southern Ocean to South America, the 'Wild Viking' Jarle Andhøy and his crew on their yacht Nilaya have been detained by an armed Chilean Navy vessel, in Chilean waters.... [more]
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Nautor's Swan Australia Rally images by John Curnow
John Curnow,
Nautor's Swan Australia Rally images from photographer John Curnow, who enjoyed a great day on Friday on Sydney Harbour... [more]
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Will Sailing be Australia's number two Olympic sport in 2012?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
For the last fifty years most Olympic medals have come to Australia from Swimming with a scatter of sports including athletics, cycling, equestrian, rowing, shooting and sailing gathering Gold behind the water babies. Will this be the Olympiad that Australian sailors step into second place?... [more]
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London 2012 Olympic sailing Sail-World.com's unrivalled coverage
Brendan Maxwell,
Six very experienced sailing journalist/photographers - Richard Gladwell, Bob Fisher, Mark Chisnell, David Schmidt, Rob Kothe and Spanish and French speaking Jeraldine Kennedy, along with some highly regarded photographic contributors will all bringing their perspectives to the Sail-World Olympic coverage.... [more]
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